10 Vancouver arts shows to check out in January

Dec 30 2019, 12:00 am

Kick off 2020 with a great arts show happening in and around Vancouver this January! Check out PuSh Festival, Noises Off, and more.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

The Sound of Music

What: Arts Club Theatre brings the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to life at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Enjoy classics like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and more with the family.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage — 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

House and Home

What: The world premiere of House and Home by Jenn Griffin. An insightful comedy about Vancouver’s current real estate crisis, the play follows Hilary and Henry and their struggles to keep their house. Directed by Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer.

When: Tuesday to Sunday from January 11 until January 25, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre — 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The WonderWombs

The Dust Palace’s The WonderWombs / Facebook

What: The Dust Palace from New Zealand presents The WonderWombs, a feminist circus party with aerial performers, comedy, costumes, and more. Part of The Cultch’s Femme Series.

When: January 14 until January 19, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm (Tuesday to Saturday) 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: York Theatre — 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Changeling

What: The Department of Theatre and Film at UBC presents The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, directed by MFA Director Luciana Silvestre Fernandes. The Changeling is described as one of the darkest and most sensual of the 17th-century English tragedies.

When: Wednesday to Saturday from January 16 until February 1, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre — 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Playwright and actor Maki Yi presents the world premiere of her new one-woman show at Pacific Theatre. Gramma is a story about human connection in the loneliest of circumstances.

When: Wednesday to Saturday from January 17 until February 1, 2020
Time: 8 pm (plus 2 pm on Saturdays)

Where: Pacific Theatre — 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2020

The Fever – PuSh Festival / Photo by Waleed Shah

What: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver’s mid-winter festival, returns for its 16th year of groundbreaking work in the live performing arts from January 21 until February 9. PuSh 2020 includes 27 works from 24 companies from nine countries, including six world premieres. Festival-goers will also want to check out Club PuSh, the festival’s showcase of experimental and edgy acts.

When: January 21 until February 9, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets and Passes: Online

Noises Off

What: Arts Club presents Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, a farcical look at the rehearsal process with a group of actors before a performance of the British sex comedy “Nothing On.”

When: Various dates from January 23 until February 23, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage — 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Shakespeare’s EM

What: Pi Theatre invites the public to peek behind the curtain of their new adaptation of Othello, based on the point of view of character Emilia. From January 29 to 31 from 12 to 5 pm, attendees can see Pi Theatre choosing text, working on the show tech, and talking about characters. On January 31 from 2 to 4 pm, Pi Theatre will be performing scenes.

When: January 29 until January 31, 2020
Time: 12 to 5 pm

Where: Anvil Centre Theatre — 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Urinetown: The Musical

What: Studio 58 at Langara College presents Urinetown: The Musical, the Tony Award-winning satire about capitalism, environmental disaster, and hope.

When: Tuesday to Saturday from January 30 to February 16, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Studio 58 at Langara College — 100 W 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

What: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche takes the audience back to 1956, where the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are meeting for their annual quiche breakfast. Will the group be able to maintain their cool when Communists threaten their blissful town? Starring Claudia Absi, Callyn Dorval, Tracy Jennissen, Avalon Short, and Carolyn Woolner. Directed by Fiona Hogan.

Where: January 30 until February 2, 2020
Time: 7 pm (plus 2 pm on Sunday)
Where: GO Studios — 210-112 E 3rd Avene, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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