It is a season of season’s announcements as Richmond’s Gateway Theatre revealed its own 2015/2016 line-up that its Artistic Director Jovanni Sy calls “a year of song and laughter, with a French twist”.
Kicking things off in October is the mainstage production of Michel Tremblay’s For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. Translated from its original French by Linda Gaboriau, this bittersweet comedy pays homage to the playwright’s larger-than-life mother.
In November, the intimate Studio B Stage is host to everyone’s favourite television granny as Once Upon a Time’s Beverley Elliott brings her one-woman show …didn’t see that coming to Richmond, following a successful run at last year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.
The year’s holiday musical is an adaptation of L Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz, based on the classic 1939 motion picture. From the same creative team that brought us last season’s award-winning hit, Crazy for You, this family favourite will have you clicking your heels together as you watch the adventures of Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Tinman and the Cowardly Lion along the yellow brick road.
February sees another musical on the mainstage with Closer Than Ever, the Steven Scott Smith conceived revue that explores love and other everyday struggles of adulthood.
In March, Ruby Slippers Theatre takes up residence in Studio B with a remount of another Tremblay play, this time by French playwright Jennifer Tremblay. In The List, we follow a woman’s struggle as she fights through the memories leading to her friend’s death.
Closing out the season is a co-production with Thousand Islands Playhouse and Western Canada Theatre of Don’t Dress For Dinner, the bawdy bedroom farce sequel to the smash hit Boeing-Boeing.
Visit http://gatewaytheatre.com for more information.