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Play Time - Theatre Burlington's spring 2024 short play festival

Play Time – Short Play Festival

Theatre Burlington is proud to present our first annual short play festival.

Come and enjoy eight short plays (approximately 10 minutes each), written, directed and acted by local playwrights, directors and actors.  The topics of the plays run the gamut from SciFi, to humour, and drama, and maybe, even a little farce.

For more details on each play, see below…

Friday, June 28, 2024 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 29, 2024 @ 2:00 PM (Matinee show)
Saturday, June 29, 2024 @ 7:00 PM

Curtain: Evening shows at 7:00 PM / matinees at 2:00 PM

Please note: Some plays contain strong language

Click here to buy tickets online!

Cash payment and ticket pickup available at the door.

Masks are strongly advised for all people attending to help protect fellow patrons, cast and crew. 

The Plays

Dreamers, by Daniel Gilbert
A SciFi comedy where dreaming is way better than reality.

Classroom, by Michael Brown
A retiring teacher encounters a young night school student trying to work her way off the streets.  He has a proposition that will change their lives.

St. Peter’s Brawl, by Glen Benison
It is month end and a struggling manufacturing company is trying to ship out as much product as possible to appease the Corporate Executives overseas.  There are obstacles.

Retribution, by Bev Heilbron 
A deceased woman’s husband comes face to face with her perpetrator and seeks his own form of revenge.

House On A Hill, by John Lawrence Reynolds
A young man is getting ready to meet his fiancée’s parents, and has hopeful expectations.  Not everything is as it seems at first.

Pandora’s Box, by Michael Brown 
Mark, a romantic, and Warren, a cynic, share an apartment.  When Mark announces that he is getting together with his ex-girlfriend, all hell breaks loose.  Literally.

Hopes and Dreams, by Tony Corrie
A woman visits a prisoner in jail.  She appears to be a saving angel, but looks are deceiving.

Valentines Day, by Wendy Oughtred
When two people randomly meet on a park bench, they soon discover that each of them is struggling with a problem.  Empathy and understanding grows as they take the time to really listen to each other.
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Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack & The Beanstalk – Show Cancellations

The following performances have been cancelled due to illness.

  • Saturday November 18, 2023 @ 1:30 PM – CANCELLED
  • Saturday November 18, 2023 @ 3:30 PM – CANCELLED
  • Sunday November 19, 2023 @ 1:30 PM – CANCELLED
  • Sunday November 19, 2023 @ 3:30 PM – CANCELLED

Our box office manager will be contacting ticket holders to re-book tickets or issue refunds to any cancelled shows.

Theatre Burlington thanks you for your patience and understanding.

Theatre Burlington 2022-2023 Season

Theatre Burlington is proud to announce our 2022-2023 season.  Show dates and ticket information will be available shortly.

Educating Rita, by Willy Russell

The play follows the relationship between a 26-year-old Liverpudlian working class hairdresser and Frank, a middle-aged university lecturer, during the course of a year.

Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over- the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves.

Hansel & Gretel, by Canadian playwright, Vic Hyde

Not part of the series but offered for the enjoyment for the young and young at heart to enjoy affordable family fun.

Our children’s production are designed for the little ones to experience live theatre in an up close, friendly theatre setting using colourful costumes, sets and lighting. The children usually sit up front on mats while caregivers use the regular chairs.

Children are invited to meet the actors and visit the set at the end of the performance.

My Old Lady, by Israel Horovitz

When a down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. He arrives on the doorstep and discovers, to his dismay, that the elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law and she is not about to give them up. Because he has no other place to go, she invites him to stay in the spacious apartment. A spiral of friendship, romance with the old lady’s outspoken daughter, and some uncomfortable revelations about his unmourned father affect all in this poignant play.

Remember, Maggy?, by Canadian playwrights, Matt Murray and Carol Anne Murray

“Remember, Maggy?” follows two polar opposite sisters in their 40’s and the journey of their complex and often hilarious relationship over the span of five years.

Kate, a widowed housewife and Maggy, a pill-popping/alcoholic actress, battle to stay connected while dealing with the progression of their sharp-tongued Irish mother’s Alzheimer’s; together with a family secret which, if revealed, threatens to destroy their already fragile relationship.

2021-2022 Season Changes

To Our Valued Patrons,

As of January 5th, 2022, new provincial government mandates require Ontario theaters to close through January 26th, 2022 in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

As a result, the 2021/22 season has been re-structured with the following changes:

  • Waiting Room has been rescheduled to run April 1-23, 2022.
  • Educating Rita will be rescheduled to the fall. We hope it will be the first show of our 2022-2023 season. We will be announcing the dates for all our next season shows later this year.

If you already have tickets to these shows, you will be contacted directly by our box office team about the new dates.  If any other changes are necessary, we will update you all as soon as possible.  Ticket-holders may contact our Box Office to reschedule your seats.

We are grateful, as always, for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you in person very soon.

Stay well,

Mark Collis,
President – Theatre Burlington

Waiting Room-Winter2022

Waiting Room

By Diane Flacks

Directed by Maureen Dwyer
Produced by Michelle Spanik

What are you willing to risk to save a life?

A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children’s hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

Show dates
Friday, April 1, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Friday, April 8, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Friday, April 15, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Friday, April 22, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8:00 PM

Please note this play contains mature content and strong language

Please note: General admission seating only (100 seats maximum per performance).

All those entering the Drama Centre must be fully vaccinated. Masks and social distancing are required for attendance to help protect patrons, cast and crew. 

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Cash payment and ticket pickup at the door.

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Stage Write 2021

Please note that this is NOT a Theatre Burlington production

Stage Write Burlington will be back with an afternoon of rehearsed readings at Theatre Burlington on November 6, 2021.  Seven 10-15 minute plays will be presented under the theme of Kaleidoscope.

Show dates
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Please note: General admission seating only (48 seats maximum per performance). All seats $10.00.

All those entering the Drama Centre must provide proof of full vaccination or medical exemption and photo ID. Masks and social distancing are required for attendance as per Ontario COVID regulations.

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Spring 2021 News

For over a year, the COVID-19 crisis presented huge challenges for our theatre. We are just now starting to see a glimmer of light at the end of this very long tunnel. That said, we have great hopes that we can produce the following in the 2021/2022 season :

On a First Name Basis* a delightful comedy by Norm Foster – Fall 2021
Waiting Room* a touching powerful drama by Diane Flacks – Winter 2022
Cat and the Canary* a mystery/comedy by John Willard – Spring 2022
(*subject to change)

You will notice that we have not included our annual Children’s show in the line-up. This is due to format that we usually use for this show (with children on mats, in very close proximity). It saddened us to do so, but given the current situation we feel it is the best course of action. If things improve so that we feel we confident that we can safely present it, we will reconsider to see if we can make it happen.

We look forward to the time when we can open wide the theatre doors and welcome you all back to another great season of theatre.

Stay safe!

The Executive of Theatre Burlington