All across Calgary, the theatre scene is rich with great events for everyone, no matter your taste in performances. Whether you like horror, classical choir, mysteries, or more, you're sure to find it at one of Calgary's amazing theatres.
The Best Theatres in Calgary
There are a number of great theatres in Calgary, but if you're looking for a show you won't soon forget, consider one of these venues for your next outing.
High Quality Entertainment at Vertigo Theatre
A gem among the many entertainment venues of Calgary is the Vertigo Theatre. This venue has provided entertainment for over three decades and has become one of the best choices in downtown Calgary. It's found at the base of the Calgary Tower and includes both the Vertigo Mystery Theatre and Y Stage. Performances vary and serve a broad audience including young families, children, professionals, retirees and many others.
The Theatre was awarded two Betty Mitchell Awards in 2012, along with 17 nominations in 2011. Vertigo Mystery Theatre presents five mystery shows including the classics GASLIGHT and BLITHE SPIRIT, along with SWEENEY TODD and others. The Y Stage also presents five different products with the younger audience in mind. Many family and school performances are held throughout the week and on weekends.
Whether you're searching for something different for your next date night or you want to enjoy a show with the whole family, there's something for everybody at Vertigo Theatre. The location makes it easy to enjoy a night out for dinner and a show with many great restaurants close to the theatre.
An Intimate Theatre Experience at the Lunchbox Theatre
Lunchbox Theatre is more than just a theatre with a cool name. This one-act theatre features high quality performances with a comfortable setting. You can enjoy the play while you enjoy a great lunch and this audience-friendly venue is perfect for all ages.
The theatre was founded in 1975 and has provides one-act shows of all kinds from musicals to comedies. In 2008, the theatre found its current home at the base of the Calgary Tower and now holds up to 150 guests. Now the theatre can be set up in multiple configurations and different stage sizes.
The Suncor Energy Stage One Festival is about to start at the Lunchbox Theatre. This will be held in June and will feature many different readings. Tickets for the festival are free!
Which Calgary Theatres Offer Special Events?
Calgary has an excellent theatre scene. There are plenty to choose from, but you may be looking for something unique. These locations in Calgary offer theme nights, special events, and special food and beverage options. Here is where you should go for a unique theatre experience in Calgary.
Forensic Friday at Vertigo Theatre
If you go to Vertigo Theatre on the third Friday of the month, you can enjoy BD&P’s Mystery Series. They have a post-show discussion with someone from the Calgary Police Services. Right now you can catch “Farewell My Lovely,” a detective tale playing in October. Afterwards, they’ll have a real detective present to talk about the play’s mysterious murders and how it’d be solved in real life.
Pizza Night at Alberta Theatre Projects
If you are looking for dinner and theatre, try Pizza Nights at Alberta Theatre Projects. They’ll be featuring “Butcher” a political thriller from mid-October to November 1st with pizza night being on October 16th. The pizza is included with your ticket. This is a fun place to catch theatre since they’ve also been known for their drink nights earlier this season.
Calgary Opera Sunday Opera Brunch
The Petroleum Club will be hosting brunch on October 26th at 11:30am for the Calgary Opera’s recital. They will be performing “Silent Night” after the brunch for you and your friends. Tickets are $70 and you can get a table for 8-10 people.
Happy Hour Thursday and Friday at Lunchbox Theatre
If you buy tickets to Lunchbox Theatre at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on Thursday and Friday nights, you can get happy hour priced drinks and complimentary appetizers at their restaurant beforehand. Tickets start at $25. Make sure to buy tickets for the 6:10pm show on either night.
Calgary Theatre is offering something unique at these four venues this season and you won’t want to miss the experience.