6 must-see plays and performances happening at Theatre Calgary

Sep 20 2019, 9:11 am

Simply going out for dinner, taking the gang bowling, or grabbing a drink is so last year.

If you’re looking for a new and fun way to spend a night out on the town with the people you love and care about, why not catch a show at the theatre?

Theatre Calgary‘s 2019-20 season has just begun, and the lineup is filled with musicals, comedic plays, and dramas! Prepare to laugh, cry, and everything in between with the lineup they have in store for you.

Fun fact: did you know that laughing actually improves your memory? (So that means you’ll actually be doing wonders for your health by seeing a play!)

Here are six Theatre Calgary shows that you have to see this season. We’re planning our “night at the theatre” outfits already.

Noises Off/Theatre Calgary

Noises Off/Theatre Calgary

Noises Off — YYC you’ve never laughed like this before

Calgary, you’ve never laughed like this before.

Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt and you have tears running down your face as  Theatre Calgary’s season kicks off with Noises Off. Often referred to as one of the funniest plays ever written, the comedy is about a group of earnest artists navigating their rehearsal just hours being performing (when things start to go horribly wrong).

Since its debut in 1982, the script has been perfected over the past 20 years and is filled with witty humour and comedy gold. It’s the perfect show to head to for a night on the town, and you can laugh any troubles or stress in your lives away! Tickets are available now via Theatre Calgary.

Bonus, if you’ve ever been part of the cast or crew of a production, you’ll definitely relate to it.

Show dates: September 10 — October 5, 2019


This powerful one-act, Canadian-born piece follows three characters through their relationships with money, greed, and righteousness, told through three interconnected monologues.

If you’re looking for a dark, yet comedic play paired with social commentary and excellent writing, this is the show you’re after. You can get your tickets for just $20 starting from September 23, or sit on the stage itself for $35.

Show dates: October 15 — November 2, 2019

A Christmas Carol

Watch Theatre Calgary’s brand-new adaptation of the classic Dickens Christmas story A Christmas Carol, where Ebenezer Scrooge is paid a visit from the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future on Christmas Eve, and is forced to finally confront how his bad behaviour and attitude have affected others.

As far as festive plays go, A Christmas Carol is a family-friendly classic that you have to see during the season. But be sure to get your tickets early, these go fast!

Show dates: November 28 — December 28, 2019

The Louder We Get

This heartwarming musical follows the inspirational true story of Marc Hall as he navigates the Catholic school system to fight for his right to take his boyfriend to prom. This musical is truly Canadian, written by Calgarians and featuring some amazing local talent!

Featuring upbeat pop-inspired songs, you won’t want to miss this love story taking over Theatre Calgary.

Show dates: January 28 — February 22, 2020


This raw, honest, and hilarious play follows an admissions director at a New England prep school who aims to change the school for the better, however, when her son and his African-American best friend both apply to Yale, her vision for her son’s future gets in the way of her liberal beliefs.

Those who are interested in watching a thought-provoking play that deals with current issues in society will enjoy making a night out of Admissions.

Show dates: March 10 — April 4, 2020

Million Dollar Quartet

Music lovers won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime musical, featuring your favourite hits from the past. Be transported back to 1956, where you’ll be taken to the recording studio with legends Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. See them play their rock n’ roll classics together for the first and only time.

If you’re a lover of nostalgic hits from the past, you’ll need to check this show out. Get up, move your feet, and dance the night away at Million Dollar Quartet!

Show dates: April 21 — May 24, 2020

Tickets for Theatre Calgary’s Noises Off are now available via the official website. For more information, visit TheatreCalgary.com.

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