2019 - 2020 SEASON   |   Season tickets start at $70

Contemporary.
Relevant.
Expansive.

Mainstage 1
September 17— October 13, 2019

The Children

By Lucy Kirkwood

“richly suggestive and beautifully written…Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.” THE INDEPENDENT (LONDON)

“tantalizingly hard to define…it is very English, somewhat menacing, and often funny.” TIME OUT LONDON

Description

The cost of friendship. The price of progress.

Robin and Hazel are two retired nuclear scientists, living in a seaside cottage on the east coast of England. But all is not as it seems. Their electricity is restricted to evenings, and they have a Geiger counter in the kitchen. On a warm summer’s evening, Rose, an old friend and colleague arrives from America with a startling request.

Why I Chose This Play

Award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s brilliant play asks big questions about the responsibility we face to leave a better world for the next generation. How do we reconcile our mistakes with their impact on the future, and who is meant to clean up after us? —MICHAEL SHAMATA

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH THE ROYAL MANITOBA THEATRE CENTRE, WINNIPEG
Mainstage 2
October 29— November 24, 2019

Bang Bang

By Kat Sandler

“dramatically charged and very funny.” NOW MAGAZINE

“Unsettling, intense, and very, very funny THE CHARMING MODERNIST

Description

It’s fast and furious fireworks when these egos collide.

Who gets to tell your story? Lila is a black police officer who shot a young unarmed black man. Tim is a white playwright who used the incident as a “jumping off point” for his hit play. Now that play is being made into a Hollywood movie -- without Lila’s knowledge. Desperate to save face, Tim pays a visit to Lila and her mother to pave the way for the movie’s lead, former child star Jackie Savage, who’s about to arrive with Soprano-like bodyguard, Tony Cappello.

Why I Chose This Play

It’s a super-funny sitcom-style comedy – allowing us to laugh at serious issues and timely themes – including racial profiling, voice appropriation, ego, selfishness – and the sometimes incomprehensible world of the theatre! —MS

WORLD PREMIERE
Mainstage 3
February 4—March 1, 2020

The Ministry of Grace

By Tara Beagan

Description

A grand, sweeping story of friendship and redemption.

It’s 1950 in the deserts of Southern California. Evangelist Brother Cain has a booming trade; his tent revival show moves from town to town, fleecing crowds desperate for something to believe in. When he discovers Mary, a Ntlaka’pamux woman from the Nicola Valley, reading the bible, he puts her onstage, renames her Grace, and displays her as a miracle: an Indian who can read.

Why I Chose This Play

It’s like a sprawling Steinbeck novel – a real saga – of encountering hypocrisy and evil, while clinging to the beliefs that guide you. Produced by the Belfry and created by an all-Indigenous team, including designer Andy Moro and writer/director Tara Beagan, one of our leading playwrights. —MS

Mainstage 4
April 21—May 17, 2020

1979

By Michael Healey

“highly entertaining – not for political junkies only” NOW MAGAZINE

“genuinely moving, sincerely funny – and fun.” GLOBE & MAIL

Description

A sharp comedy about backroom politics.

In June of 1979, Joe Clark was sworn in as Canada’s youngest Prime Minister. By Christmas, it looked as though it could be all over. 1979 is a comedy by Michael Healey (Proud, The Drawer Boy) that looks at Clark and the pressure he was under to save his government. Everyone – friends, foes, family – has an opinion about what Joe should do. Should he play the game and remain in power, or do what he thinks is right?

Why I Chose This Play

Politics can be nasty; in Michael Healey’s hands, they can be very funny, too. Characters such as Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, Maureen McTeer, and even a very young Stephen Harper come tumbling through the revolving door of the Prime Minister’s Office. But what I really love is the tension between principles and politics in this play, making it incredibly apt for these times. —MS

More Productions

KIDOONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THEATRE CALGARY AND THE 20K COLLECTIVE PRESENTS BOOM X
Summer
July 30— August 18, 2019

BOOM X

Written, directed and performed by Rick Miller

“high energy magic carpet ride with a real genie for a tour guide” CALGARY HERALD

“an audience-pleasing earworm for the eyes, ears and hearts” THE GLOBE & MAIL

Description

Rick Miller’s multimedia masterpiece BOOM struck a chord with Belfry audiences in the summer of 2015. Picking up where BOOM left off – at Woodstock in 1969 – BOOM X tackles the music, culture and politics of Generation X. Surrounded by stunning visuals, Rick plays more than 100 famous people – musicians, celebrities, politicians – in his own story of growing up and trying to navigate the tangled legacy of the Baby Boom.

HOLIDAY
December 3—22, 2019

Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

“If you’ve finally had your fill of “It’s a Wonderful Life” but are still in search of seasonal catharsis, might I suggest a very charming alternative, one that offers sentimentality without shame? It’s called “Every Brilliant Thing,” and it’s pretty much guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming.” NEW YORK TIMES

Description

Everything worth living for.

She writes lists. Lists that she hopes will inspire her mother to see the joy in life. She’s been writing these lists since she was seven. A heartrending yet hopeful play about the lengths we go to for those we love. In a transformed Belfry – with the help of you, the audience – she will deliver a list of all the things that make life worth living, starting with ice cream.

Why I Chose This Play

This is simply one of the most moving pieces of theatre I have ever seen. It is so full of life, and pain, and joy, and yearning – it overflows with humanity. And its remarkable use of the audience as participants in the storytelling makes for a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience. —MS

March 9—22, 2020

Our annual SPARK Festival will feature four productions, along with workshops and a host of free events.

SPARK Passes are on sale now and single tickets for SPARK go on sale this fall.

Pricing & Savings

Package Price 4 Tickets Savings
Previews $80 $120 33%
Tuesday $90 $130 31%
Wednesday Matinee $110 $180 39%
Wednesday/Thursday $135 $200 33%
Friday $150 $220 32%
Saturday Matinee $150 $220 32%
Saturday Evening $150 $220 32%
Sunday Matinee $135 $180 25%
Flex Pass $160 Variable  

*These prices are in effect to Sep 16, 2019

Why buy Seasons Tickets?

You’ll save up to 44% over this season’s single ticket prices. It’s an incredible value – season tickets start at $70 (for four shows) and you’ll get the best seats.

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 productions, our special events and our SPARK Festival.

Choice & Flexibility

Our Flex Pass, four vouchers you can use in any combination, gives you the opportunity to pick and choose the shows you’d like to see. Perfect for those who like to travel. You can book your seats at any time.

We offer 9 different ticket packages - we can fit your budget and your schedule.

Easy Ticket Exchanges

Simply return your tickets to the Box Office 24 hours prior to the performance (in person, by mail, fax or email) and we can book you into another performance of the same play. An upgrade fee may apply.

How to book

BY PHONE
Call us at 250-385-6815. We can renew / book your new season tickets quickly and easily.

ONLINE
Go to belfry.bc.ca/subscribe to book or renew your season tickets online, anytime.

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
Download our Season Ticket Order Form, fill it out and email it to us at boxoffice@belfry.bc.ca.

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 MAGAZINE
Our free magazine, providing insight into each Mainstage production and further enriching your experience, is available by mail, email, and in the Lobby.

B4PLAY
Our live talk shows feature artists from the upcoming show, along with experts from the community, and are designed to provide you with insight into upcoming Mainstage productions. Each event is livestreamed on Facebook, and is available at belfry.bc.ca/podcasts.

PODCASTS
Listen and download the full interviews from each B4Play and recent stories from The Flame at belfry.bc.ca/podcasts.

AFTERPLAY
Facilitated discussions – audience member to audience member – follow most evening Mainstage performances. These are a great opportunity to share your thoughts and hear fellow patrons’ reactions to the show.

TALKBACK THURSDAY
Meet the actors post-performance when they return to the stage to answer questions and provide insight into the play.


Accessible Performances

VOCALEYE
For our patrons with low or no vision. Trained Audio Describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the show without missing any of the details.

HEARING ASSIST
For patrons who are hard of hearing, the theatre is equipped with an FM hearing assist system. We have 6 devices available on a first come, first served basis through the Box Office.

FREE CHILDCARE PERFORMANCES
To book tickets and a spot for your young ones (between 3–10 years old), please call our Box Office at 250-385-6815.

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.

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 Audience Services Manager to see what options may be available to you.

Can I buy season tickets online?
Yes! Go to belfry.bc.ca/subscribe to book or renew your season tickets. Due to technical limitations, our Flex Pass is not currently available online, but all other packages are.

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. Please let the Box Office know if you have any sensitivities to stage effects.

Key Dates & Calendar

Now - Single Tickets - BOOM X and Every Brilliant Thing
Single tickets for BOOM X and Every Brilliant Thing are on sale now.

May 31 - Season Ticket Early Renewal Deadline
Your deadline for getting our lowest prices on season tickets. May 31 is also the renewal deadline for 2018-19 subscribers – book by this date to keep your favourite seats from last season.

July 3 - Single Tickets - Mainstage Shows
Single Tickets for The Children, Bang Bang, The Ministry of Grace, and 1979 will go on sale July 3.

September 15
Your deadline for getting our summer prices on season tickets.

Anytime - SPARK Pass
Season Ticket holders can purchase a SPARK Pass at anytime (See the order form for prices).

Fall 2019 - SPARK Single Tickets
Single tickets for the 2020 SPARK Festival (March 9 - 22) shows go on sale this fall.