All shows are at 8pm, unless otherwise indicated

SEASON 2016 - 2017

2016

September 2 - 25

Preview: September 1 ($12)
Opening September 2
Talkback: September 8
Matinées: September 11 & 25 (no evening performance)

THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM
by George Farquhar
Director: Kathleen Duborg

George Farquhar’s glorious Restoration comedy follows Mr. Aimwell and Mr. Archer – the charming ‘beaux’ – as they arrive in provincial Lichfield after blowing their fortunes in giddy London. Their 'stratagem' is to marry for money. Lodged at the local inn, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer, and a strange priest. But their greatest obstacle is love. When the beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

October 6 - 22

Previews: October 4 & 5
Opening: October 6
Performances: Tues - Sat at 8pm
Matinées: Sat & Sun at 2pm

FLARE PATH
by Terence Rattigan
Director: Tamara McCarthy
Set in a hotel near an RAF Bomber Command airbase during WWII, the play refers to the lamps outlining runways, necessary for aircraft to take off or land after dark. This moving and wonderfully funny tribute to the collective spirit of wartime bombers and their partners... a deeply moving portrait of people at war.

SLAMMING DOOR PRODUCTIONS

November 14


SAX IN THE CITY
The Saxalamode Sax Quartet will feature an eclectic mix of Jazz standards, Blues and Tangos by Astor Piazzolla.


November 4 - 27
Preview: November 3 ($12.00)
Opening: November 4
Talkback: November 10
Matinées: November 13 & 27 (no evening performance)

GHOSTS
by Henrik Ibsen
Director: Michael Fera
Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of Alving's dissolute life.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

November 28 - December 19

DANCING LESSONS
by Mark St. Germain
Director: David C. Jones




DANCING COOP

December 20 - January 7

Preview: December 26
Opening: December 27 (then Tues - Sat)
Matinée: January 1 at 2pm

AN INSPECTOR CALLS
by J.B.Priestly
Directed by William B. Davis
An Inspector Calls is a play that revolves around the apparent suicide of a young woman called Eva Smith. In the play, the unsuspecting Birling family are visited by the mysterious Inspector Goole. He arrives just as they are celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft, as perfect a family as the Titanic was an ocean liner.

THE ACTORS COLLECTIVE
2017

January 20 - February 12

Preview: January 19 ($18.00)
Opening: January 20
Talkback: January 26
Matinees: January 29 & February 12 (no evening performance)

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine
Director: Ryan Mooney
Inspired by George Seurat’s magnificent painting, ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,’ Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s soaring musical is itself an artistic masterpiece. The musical begins with the story of George and his model and lover Dot. As George struggles to find his artistic voice, he becomes more and more distant from the one woman who truly sees him for who he really is. Meanwhile, the characters that inhabit George’s painting have lives unto themselves, which George captures with his paintbrush. Through melodic and heartbreaking music, poetic lyrics, and quick, jaunty wit, Sunday in the Park with George reveals universal truths about the nature of art, love, and passion, with the breadth and depth of art’s most enduring masterpieces.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All performances materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 www.MTIShows.com

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

February 17 - March 11

Preview: February 16
Opening: February 17 (Thu - Sat at 8pm)
Talkback: February 23
Matinées: (Sundays) February 19 & 26, March 5 & (Saturday) March11

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS GOT HER HEAD CHOPPED OFF
by Liz Lochhead
Director: Joan Bryans
The familiar tale of the enmity between Elizabeth 1st of England and Mary Queen of Scots is retold with ferocious iconoclasm and boundless wit by Scotland's most popular and contemporary playwright.

VITAL SPARK THEATRE

March 24 - April 16

Preview: March 23 ($12.00)
Opening: March 24
Talkback: March 30
Matinees: April 2 & 16 (no evening performance)

THE TRAIN DRIVER
by Athol Fugard
Director: Adam Henderson
Roelf, a train driver, has spent weeks searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train on the track between Philippi and Nyanga on South Africa’s Cape Flats. After a fruitless journey through shanty towns, he encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, Athol Fugard’s beautiful and haunting The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering, redemption, and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers. “Brave, confrontational and tender... Essential theatre viewing.” Sunday Times, South Africa.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

April 28 - May 20

Preview: April 26 & 27
Opening: April 28 (then Tue - Sun at 8pm)
Talkback: May 4, 11, 18
Matinees: Sat - April 29, May 6, 13, 20, Sun - April 30

END OF THE RAINBOW
by Peter Quiller

Director: Gordon Roberts
It is 1968 and Judy Garland, the once-glittering star, is in London to make her explosive comeback.  But off stage, Judy is battling with her young new fiance, her devoted accompanist, and her destructive reliance on drugs and alcohol. End of the RAINBOW is a play with music filled with Garland’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a generation voice. This musical features Garland’s most memorable songs: “The Man that Got Away”, “Come Rain or Come Shine”, “The Trolley Song” and of course “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

ACE PRODUCTIONS EQUITY COLLECTIVE

June 2 - 25

Preview: June 1 ($12.00)
Opening : June 3
Talkback: June 8
Matinées: June 11 & 25 (no evening performance)

THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHANCE
by Pierre de Marivaux
Director: Brian Parkinson

As this delightful 18th century rom-com opens, a young woman prepares to meet her betrothed, whom she does not know. In order to get a better idea of the type of person she’s marrying, she dons a disguise and trades places with her servant. Unbeknownst to her, her fiancé has had the same idea, and traded places with his valet! Joyous and charming, Marivaux’s witty play pits the two false servants against the two false masters in a high-stakes game of love and chance

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER