12 Places To See Live Theatre in Vancouver

Posted on December 15, 2016 - Although we’re no New York, Vancouver is home to a booming artistic community and is one of the best places in Canada to catch live theatre productions. Because there’s nothing quite like seeing an actor, dancer, singer or musician show off their skills in person.

Hooked on live theatre? Check out the twelve spots below to see some of the best our city has to offer.

The Arts Club

The Arts Club Theatre Company is one of the best places to see quality live theatre in Vancouver at an affordable rate.

The Arts Club has been putting on shows in Vancouver since 1958 and they deliver wonderful musicals and plays every season from big name favourites fresh off Broadway to little known showstoppers. Check out what’s playing on one of their three stages located around Vancouver.

Vancouver TheatreSports League

VTSL is one of the gems on Granville Island and the perfect spot for a date night out. Featuring improv-based shows, this hilarious theatre company will leave you in stitches every day of the week with their variety of regular shows, special performances and classes.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is where the most posh and popular shows play when they come to Vancouver.

Catch recent Broadway hits as they tour North America, Ballet BC and Vancouver Opera performances at this stunning stage. In between these big performances, The Queen E also hosts lots of musicians and comedians.

Gateway Theatre

Gateway Theatre is the place to see live theatre in Richmond, Vancouver’s neighbour to the south.

Along with shows on their main stage and studio stage, Gateway Theatre also offers performing arts classes for youth and presents shows in Cantonese and Mandarin.


TUTS or Theatre Under The Stars is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful Stanley Park and live theatre all together. Head to the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park this summer to enjoy a TUTS musical performance.

You can cozy up with rented blankets, chair pads and a cup of spiked coffee or kick back on the grass with a hot dog and beer.

Bard On The Beach

Another Vancouver summer classic, Bard On The Beach brings the best of Shakespeare’s plays to the beautiful beaches of Vancouver. Enjoy classic tales by the bard while you watch the sunset over the beach at Vanier Park.

Firehall Arts Centre

Located in a heritage fire station, Firehall Arts Centre plays host to eccentric theatre, dance and interdisciplinary productions for Vancouver’s downtown and eastside communities.

The intimate setting in this heritage building is the perfect place to get up close and personal with live theatre and Vancouver history.

The Chan Centre

The Chan Centre For The Performing Arts is a beautiful venue to see some of the best musical acts, comedy shows and other artistic performances happening in Vancouver.

Located on UBC Campus, this venue also hosts university graduations when it’s not filled with world-class performers.  

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Every fall, our city plays hosts to the Vancouver Fringe Festival. This showcase of independent theatre takes over the streets and venues of Vancouver proving that the arts are accessible to everyone.

The Cultch

The Cultch is East Vancouver’s go to for diverse and multicultural performances in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Check out their list of what’s playing for innovative theatre you won’t find anywhere else.

School theatre

A great way to see live theatre without a huge price tag is to check out performances at a school in your neighbourhood or a local university/college.

For example, both UBC and SFU put on multiple professional performances through their theatre departments where you can see young thespians hone their skills on the stage.

Carousel Theatre for Young People

All about family friendly theatre, CTYP produces shows perfect for children of all ages. They work with educators and schools to bring young people to the theatre and offer drama classes and workshops to bring theatre to young people.

Where is your favourite place to see live theatre in Vancouver?

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