Theatre News

NAC English theatre names new managing director Jul 21, 2009 - 8:45 am PST
Nancy Webster, who has been managing director at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People and the Factory Theatre in Toronto, is a new managing director for English theatre at the National Arts centre in Ottawa. CBC

Royal Ballet dancers had swine flu in Cuba Jul 21, 2009 - 6:45 am PST
The Royal Ballet's inaugural visit to Cuba last week has been hailed a triumph, but a spokeswoman has also confirmed that a few dancers came down with swine flu during the trip. CBC

The Harder They Come hits Toronto Jul 20, 2009 - 8:50 am PST
In a reggae-tinged blast from the past, the musical The Harder They Come begins its North American tour on a Toronto stage on Tuesday. CBC

National Ballet declares $1M deficit Jul 18, 2009 - 2:44 am PST
The National Ballet of Canada is reporting a deficit of $1 million for its fiscal year ending June 30, the first deficit it has had in five years. Executive director Kevin Garland blames the shortfall on the economic crisis. CBC

Green Gables backdrop for Lucy Maud play Jul 17, 2009 - 6:28 am PST
Lucy Maud Montgomery returns to Green Gables, the real house in Cavendish, P.E.I., in a new play focusing on her life. CBC

Charlottetown's Confederation Centre gets $2M from developer Jul 17, 2009 - 1:24 am PST
In the largest-ever gift received by the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Halifax-based developer Richard Homburg has donated $2 million. CBC

John Cleese nixes reports of Python reunion Jul 16, 2009 - 12:01 pm PST
John Cleese says there's not much hope of a reunion of all the cast members of Monty Python's Flying Circus in honour of the show's 40th anniversary this year, but denies there's a rift among the crew. CBC

Summer festivals bounce back from gloomy forecasts Jul 16, 2009 - 4:10 am PST
Arts groups say the trend to "staycations" and some extra federal cash have boosted ticket sales and made a difference to their bottom lines. CBC

John Leguizamo sticks it to Hollywood in Toronto show Jul 15, 2009 - 4:11 pm PST
John Leguizamo, who made his career as a comedian telling scandalous stories about his family, has now turned his manic energy to dissing Hollywood. CBC

Dave Chappelle resurfaces in surprise Oregon show Jul 15, 2009 - 9:10 am PST
Comedian Dave Chappelle, who has avoided the limelight since 2005, gave a free show in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Portland, Ore. CBC

Island village provides set for historic play Jul 15, 2009 - 7:49 am PST
P.E.I.'s Victoria Playhouse is moving outside the constraints of its four walls this summer with a play that tells the history of the Island. CBC