41st Anniversary season

Contemporary.
Canadian.

Join us for our 41st Season.

September 20—October 16, 2016 

The Last Wife

by Kate Hennig
Directed by Esther Jun

“...wit, intelligence, power and compassion...a superb play”
TORONTO STAR 


“...dynamic, engrossing...truly excellent theatre” 
POSTMEDIA

This contemporary re-imagining of the compelling relationship between Henry VIII and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women’s rights. It’s a dangerous game of chess, with Henry’s offspring, Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward as pawns. 

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH THE GREAT CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY (OTTAWA). 

Why I Chose This Play 

The moment I read this script, I knew it was a ‘Belfry play.’ Smart, contemporary, and witty, it confidently and proudly looks at history through a female lens. Katherine Parr’s brains are sexy to Henry, and her mentorship of the young Elizabeth paves the way for a strong female monarch. I love its modern dress and modern language. This play premiered last summer at the Stratford Festival, and I am proud that we are giving it its second production. Michael Shamata 

November 8—December 4, 2016 

WORLD PREMIERE I Think I’m Fallin’

The Songs of Joni Mitchell
Directed by Michael Shamata

“One of the greatest songwriters ever.”
ROLLING STONE

“LA is my workplace. BC is my heartbeat.”
JONI MITCHELL 

Starring Jonathan Gould (Chelsea Hotel)

A brand new musical event built around the songs of Joni Mitchell. With hits like Big Yellow Taxi, Chelsea Morning, Both Sides Now and You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio, Joni Mitchell continues to inspire artists ranging from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to Kanye West; from James Taylor to Sarah McLachlan.
This production is subject to rights clearances.

Why I Chose This Play 

Simple: I wanted music in the season, and could think of no more iconic Canadian singer-songwriter than our beloved Joni Mitchell. I also fell in love with the performers in Chelsea Hotel and wanted an excuse to invite some of them back! What could be more fun than hearing these remarkable songs again, re- examining the themes and finding new variations? MS

January 20—February 19, 2017 

WORLD PREMIERE Gracie

by Joan MacLeod
Directed by Vanessa Porteous

“One of the most important playwrights working in Canada today.”
TORONTO STAR 

“Joan MacLeod has written deeply complex characters who pulse with life and humour”
CBC Radio

Tucked away in a corner of our province is Bountiful, the largest polygamous community in Canada. With her deep empathy and compassion, Joan MacLeod (The Valley) takes us into young Gracie’s world, where events transpire that lead her to question her beliefs.
There will be additional previews for this performance.

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH ALBERTA THEATRE PROJECTS (CALGARY).

Why I Chose This Play 

How blessed we are to have playwright Joan MacLeod living in our midst! We commissioned Joan to write a play specifically for this theatre and this audience. Gracie is that play – and it is a beautiful study of a young girl as she gradually develops a sense of self and self-direction. Approaching Gracie’s situation with the same unique absence of judgement that made The Valley so compelling, Joan has given us a moving portrait of a moral quandary. MS

April 18—May 14, 2017 

WORLD PREMIERE Alice Munro Stories

Directed by Anita Rochon

“...you, dear Alice Munro, have come close to solving the greatest mystery of them all – the human heart.”
NOBEL PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY 

The master of the contemporary short story, Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. In this world premiere, we’ll perform two of Alice’s short stories, word for word, in a unique theatrical event that celebrates her exceptional language and the audience’s imagination.

Why I Chose This Play 

I was approached by Word for Word, a theatre company in San Francisco. For over 20 years they have been putting short stories onstage “word for word,” and they wanted to bring to the Belfry their Alice Munro show. While I couldn’t justify bringing an American company to Victoria to perform Alice Munro, I was taken with the idea of the show. With their blessing and guidance, we have chosen our own Munro stories, and we’ll all be able to revel in the sublime words and blessed humanity of Alice Munro’s writing. MS

Why Buy Season Tickets?

Savings

  • You’ll save up to 42% over next season’s single ticket prices.
  • It’s your best value - season tickets start at $70.
  • You’ll get 25% off tickets for our summer production of Mom’s the Word.

Best Seats

  • You’re at the front of the line for every production.
  • You’ll always get the best available seats.

Choice & Flexibility

  • Want to pick and choose the shows you’d like to see? Get a Flex Pass - four vouchers you can use in any combination.
  • We offer 9 different ticket packages - we can fit your budget and your schedule.

Priority Booking

  • Season ticket holders can book their Mainstage seats before tickets go on sale to the public.
  • You have advance booking privileges for all of our extra productions, our special events and our SPARK Festival.

Got kids?

  • We think it’s important that young parents can get out and enjoy live theatre in Victoria so we offer inexpensive tickets and free childcare performances for young families on select Sunday afternoons.

Get Our 41st Season Brochure

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Bonus Productions

August 9—28, 2016
ALL NEW PRODUCTION 

Mom’s the Word

by Linda A. Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams 

Directed by Michael Shamata
Designed by Pam Johnson
Assistant Director Deborah Williams

“Get ready for the screams, laughter, tears and gasps of recognition...”
VANCOUVER SUN

“...roars of delighted recognition...”
TIMES OF LONDON (UK)

A new production of the original show, with a new cast of actress/mothers. Over twenty years ago, six theatre artists got together to talk and write about their experiences as new mothers. What started as a one-off festival performance grew into a worldwide phenomenon that has played on five continents to millions of delighted audience members. A truly beautiful tribute to mothers everywhere.

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH PRAIRIE THEATRE EXCHANGE (WINNIPEG). 

Why I Chose This Play 

I adore this show! It always makes me laugh and cry. There is a whole new generation of mothers who never saw this show, and a whole generation of mothers who will laugh when they see it again! MS 

You can book your tickets now! Season ticket holders receive a 25% off discount to Mom’s the Word. Single tickets for Mom’s the Word go on sale April 5.

December 7—23, 2016 
WORLD PREMIERE

This Little Light 

Book by Erin Macklem
Music by Brad L’Écuyer
Lyrics by Erin Macklem & Brad L’Écuyer

This holiday season we’ll bring you this melodious musical as a staged presentation. A beautiful way to celebrate the season and a special way to experience this brand new musical play, written specifically for Victoria and Fernwood. 

Starring members of the Canadian College of the Performing Arts’ Company C, local school choirs and other special guests. 

Why I Chose This Play 

This sweet and tuneful musical has been in development at the Belfry for over two years. It has grown and blossomed, and is ready to be shared! With its holiday setting, its emphasis on community and social responsibility, it is a perfect follow-up to last season’s production of A Christmas Carol. Plus it has wonderful songs! With the voices of CCPA’s Company C members, together with community choirs, the Belfry Theatre will be filled with gorgeous music at this family time of the year. MS 

Single tickets for This Little Light go on sale July 5. This Little Light is suitable for children 8 and up.

February 21—March 12, 2017 
WORLD PREMIERE 

Taking Off 

by Deborah Williams
Directed by James Fagan Tait

Middle age is tricky territory for Minnie, especially in her relationships with her husband, her children and her female friends. 

Why I Chose This Play 

Deborah Williams played dear, sad Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike last season. One of the writer/performers of Mom’s the Word, this is the first play that Deborah has written on her own. We’ve been involved in the script’s development for a couple of years. I programmed this play because it speaks to our audience, and it speaks with Deb’s wry, sardonic sense of humour, and her enormous heart. MS 

Season Ticket holders can purchase Spring Vouchers to save on Taking Off tickets. Single tickets for Taking Off go on sale July 5. 

2017 Spark Festival

March 13—26 2017

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS CAN PURCHASE SPRING VOUCHERS AT ANYTIME.

SPIN

by Evalyn Parry

(Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Toronto)

“Part theatre, part music gig, part spoken word poetry, part documentary: whatever it is, it is brilliant.”
TORONTO STAR

“SPIN makes something beautiful out of taking your life into your own hands.”
GLOBE & MAIL 

What a Young Wife Ought to Know

by Hannah Moscovitch

(2B THEATRE, HALIFAX)

“Moscovitch, a 2014 finalist for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, has added a painful, poetic piece of Canadian history to the literature of this country.”
HALIFAX HERALD

This is Not a Conversation

by Itai Erdal, Dima Alansari & Ker Wells 

(ELBOW THEATRE, VANCOUVER)

“Itai’s stories are personal, intimate, open and brave; they have a sensitive tone and turn to the very essence of human condition...”
ART VANGUARD

Reverberations 

Created by Brian Linds
Directed by Mindy Parfitt

Reverberations reflects a man’s life. As an actor and sound designer, I have created a performance piece exploring sound as a narrative form. The audience will experience stories through soundscapes in five different rooms of a house. A company of artists respond to each room as a sonic environment of memory.

Get more out of your Belfry Experience

To help everyone get more out of our productions (before and after you’ve seen them) we’ve created:

Upstage

  • Our in-house magazine Upstage is filled with articles and information about each production in our Mainstage Season. We send them out (mail or email) a week before each opening.

B4Play

  • Each Saturday before opening we produce a live talk show with CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie, artists from our productions and special guests who can give you a new perspective on each play.

Afterplay

  • Following select performances we’ll host Afterplay – a facilitated discussion where patrons can share their thoughts with fellow audience members. It’s a chance to “debrief” after the show and hear how other audience members experienced the play.

Talkback

  • Following select performances (see our Calendar), join the actors from the show and your fellow audience members for a 20-minute Q & A session.

Podcasts

  • You can listen to and download past episodes of B4Play and our storytelling series, The Flame, on SoundCloud.

How to book

By Phone

  • Call us at 250-385-6815.

By Fax

  • Download our Season Ticket Order Form and fax it to us at 250-385-6336.

By Mail

  • Download our Season Ticket Order Form and mail it to us
  • Belfry Theatre
    1291 Gladstone Avenue,
    Victoria, BC
    V8T 1G5

In Person

  • Stop by our Box Office at 1291 Gladstone Avenue.

By Email

pricing and savings

Package Price 4 Single Tickets Savings up To
Previews @ 7:30PM $76 $120 37%
Tuesday @ 7:30PM $86 $120 28%
Wednesday Matinee @ 1PM $111 $180 38%
Wednesday / Thursday @ 7:30PM $131 $196 33%
Friday / Saturdays @ 8PM $146 $212  31% 
Saturday Matinees @ 4PM $146  $212  31% 
Sunday Matinees @ 2PM $131  $180  27% 

Summer pricing in effect until Sep 20, 2016

key dates & calendar

Season Tickets

  • Early Deadline - May 31, 2016
  • You can buy season tickets at anytime but prices will go up on June 1, 2016

Mom’s the Word Tickets

  • Season Ticket Holders can book their tickets now. Single tickets for Mom’s the Word go on sale April 5.

This Little Light Tickets

  • Tickets for This Little Light go on sale July 5. This Little Light is suitable for children 8 and up.

Taking Off Tickets

  • Season ticket holders can purchase Spring Vouchers to save on Taking Off tickets. Single tickets for Taking Off go on sale July 5. 

SPARK Festival

  • Season ticket holders can purchase Spring Vouchers to save on SPARK Festival tickets. Single tickets for SPARK shows go on sale this fall. 

frequently asked questions

Why should I buy season tickets?

If you plan to see more than one show during the season, it’s far more economical to purchase season tickets than to buy on a show-by-show basis. You have access to the best seat selection at the lowest prices.

What is included in a season ticket package?

Four tickets, one for each of our Mainstage productions, at a subscription discount, in the same seats and on the same day of the week for each show.

Do I need to know my schedule for the whole year before getting season tickets?

No. When you book, we’ll offer you a package based on your favourite seats and a day of the week that you think is generally suitable for you. If you find you have a conflict with any of the dates in that package later on, you can reschedule any or all of your performances, as often as you need to.

How do I change my dates?

Simply return your tickets to the box office at least 24 hours before the date of your performance and we’ll be happy to move them to another date within the run of the same show, subject to availability. You can return your tickets in person, by mail, or by fax or email. Exchanges are free for season ticket holders, though you may be asked to pay an upgrade if moving to a more expensive date.

Can I exchange tickets between shows?

Tickets are not exchangeable between shows. If you would like more flexibility, consider a Flex Pass.

Can I get a refund for one or more of my tickets?

We do not offer refunds except in extraordinary cases.

As a season ticket holder, do I get deals if I’m buying extra tickets?

You’ll get access to special deals (discounts or advance purchase opportunities) to shows that aren’t part of your regular package, such as our Summer show and SPARK Festival. Extra tickets to our Mainstage shows are sold at the regular price.

What happens if I lose my tickets?

We are happy to reprint lost tickets for you. Please contact the box office when you realize your tickets are lost, and we’ll have replacement tickets waiting for you to pick up on your way into the performance.

What happens if I miss my show?

Unfortunately, once a performance date passes, tickets to that performance are void. If you miss a performance due to extreme circumstances, such as a medical emergency, please contact the Box Office Manager to see what options may be available to you.

Can I buy season tickets online?

We accept season ticket bookings by phone or in person, or by mail, fax or email using our season ticket order form. We are not able to sell season ticket packages online at this time.

How do I find out if there are any audience advisories?

We make every effort to advise you of strong language, subject matter, or extreme technical effects (strobe lights, haze). Please look for signs at the entrances to the theatre. Advisories and running times are available at the Box Office as of the first preview.