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LIVE THEATRE THAT TAKES FILM TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Since 1976, the Thursday after Labour Day means only one thing in Toronto — TIFF, our city’s annual 10-day celebration of film.

TIFF 2022 takes over both Mirvish theatres on King St: the Royal Alexandra and the Princess of Wales. Some of the most anticipated films of the festival will be premiering at these venues, replete with their bevy of stars present in the flesh. Cue the searchlights, the cineastes, the red carpets, the paparazzi! Check out the official film schedule.

While it's thrilling for our palaces of live theatre to be turned over to their younger cousin, the moving picture, our upcoming season is filled with plays and musicals that explore stories and characters of the cinema.

No less than five of our fall shows have their origins in films. Adapting them to live theatre adds additional layers and makes the stories jump to life.


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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which has just announced an extension until March 19, 2023, is the continuation of a saga that originated as a series of books that were then adapted into movies. While some of the characters and their backstories are the same, the stage play is its own entity — a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that lives and breathes and thrills like no other form of storytelling.

Now on stage, CAA ED Mirvish Theatre

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Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain is often cited as the best movie musical ever made. Yet, the 1952 classic is written like a stage musical and those who created it were all schooled in live theatre. So it’s no surprise that it has been adapted into an old-fashioned musical comedy that works even better when performed live. Even the rain is real.

September 23 - October 23, Princess of Wales Theatre

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The Shark is Broken

The Shark is Broken is about the making of a movie, the complicated and legendary filming of Jaws, the 1975 “summer blockbuster” that defined the genre and made Steven Spielberg one of the most famous filmmakers in the world (his new film premieres at TIFF 2022 at the Princess of Wales). Again, the theatricality of this play is what lifts it above the average behind-the-scenes story.

September 23 - October 23, Princess of Wales Theatre

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Mean Girls

Mean Girls, The Musical is a Broadway adaptation of the famous 2004 film that made stars of Tina Fey (who also wrote it), Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried. A stage adaptation was inevitable. And it's having a homecoming of sorts — the movie was shot in Toronto.

October 25 - November 27, Princess of Wales Theatre

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FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL

Fisherman’s Friends is based on a true story of a group of singing fishermen from a sleepy Cornish village who were discovered by a London record producer and whose debut album of traditional sea shanties became a massive hit. Their story was the basis of a popular 2019 British film that came to Netflix in April 2020, just as the world went into lockdown, and became a global sensation. Seeing it on your screen is one thing, experiencing it live makes for a rollicking, hilarious and foot-stomping outing.

Tickets go on sale September 30. Buy a Main Season subscription package for the best deal on tickets!

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