Located in downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver Playhouse has remained a classic theatre venue since its opening in 1962. Here, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company puts on original plays as well as performances of Tony Award-winning plays such as Red. The theatre company also provides training to Western Canadian artists to help develop their skills and has partnered with the local community to increase interest in classical and contemporary works.
Stunning acoustics are what make music and theatre performances at the Vancouver Playhouse highly sought after by performing groups. Additionally, the intimate, cozy atmosphere is attractive to performers, allowing them to connect with their audience. The Vancouver Playhouse has hosted an array of performers, including DanceHouse, which brings dance groups from around the world; Friends of Chamber Music, considered to be one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Vancouver; and the Vancouver Recital Society, which features emerging young artists alongside award-winning artists.
Originally called the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, the Vancouver Playhouse was built in 1960 and opened in February 1962. The Vancouver Playhouse was previously home to The Playhouse Theatre Company from 1962 until 2012, presenting classic and contemporary theatrical productions every season. Since its opening, a number of Vancouver-based organizations have been hosted at the Vancouver Playhouse, including the Friends of Chamber Music, Vancouver Women’s Music Club, Women’s Canadian Club, and the Festival Concert Society. The architecture of the Playhouse is similar to that of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, also located in Vancouver. Recent renovations restored the feel of the original 1962 lobby with contemporary colors and patterns.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. The box office at the Vancouver Playhouse is open Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and two hours before performances begin.
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