As the largest theatre company in Western Canada, the Stanley Arts Club Theatre Company has a rich history. Originally, the Arts Club Theatre Venue performed at three venues: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre Founded in 1958 as a private club for artists, musicians, and actors, Stanley Arts Theatre Company was originally located on Seymour Street and Davine. The building was expanded in 1964 from a converted gospel hall and hosted the Arts Club Theatre Company for 27 years.
The historic location has been where many famous Canadian actors got their start, including Michael J. Fox, Bruce Greenwood, Ruth Nichol, Janet Wright, Winston Rekert, Lally Cadeau, Ann Mortifee, and Brent Carver.
In 1979, the Granville Island Stage was added to the building as an additional location to perform classic plays. The Revue Stage was later opened in 1983, bringing open seating configurations and establishing it as a classic art club venue in Vancouver. In 1998, the Stanley Industrial Stage opened to the public with Dean Regan's production of Swing. This stage is now considered the Stanley Arts Club Theatre Company's main stage and has since hosted numerous plays, musicals, and other entertainment events.
Today, productions are still held at the three original locations, with the Revue Stage also reopening as a Stanley Arts Club Theatre venue in 2010. See the Trailer for their performance of "The Shoplifters" below.
Find tickets today to see a production at any one of the three stages. The box office is open Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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