Gateway Theatre has announced its 2023-2024 season, bringing an exciting lineup of musical theatre, madcap comedy, a multidisciplinary world premiere, audio plays, and community-based celebrations to its Richmond stage.
The 2023-2024 Gateway Theatre Artistic Offerings includes:
September 24, 2023: Family Fun Mid-Autumn Festival – Studio B + Lobby
The Gateway season begins with the Family Fun Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, on September 24, 2023, including a live reading of the 4th episode of A Year of Blessings audio play series, and craft activities for families.
A Year of Blessings is a five-part audio series created by Five Blessings Collective, a talented team of Asian-Canadian artists that includes Nancy Tam, Derek Chan, Jasmine Chen, Howard Dai, and Amanda Sum. Co-produced with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, these free audio plays allow young audiences and their families to enjoy and explore the wonders and meanings behind traditional Chinese festivals in a fun and entertaining way.
December 14-31, 2023: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella – Mainstage
The holiday season brings the timeless tale of Cinderella in a musical adaptation, directed by Johnna Wright (Sylvia, Annie, Leading Ladies), with choreography by Nicol Spinola (Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and music direction by Sean Bayntun (Anne of Green Gables: The Musical) that has charmed and inspired audiences all over the world since its original broadcast on CBS in 1957. With a bit of help from her fairy godmother, a magical pumpkin carriage, and a dash of humour, Cinderella promises the entire family will have a ball.
February 10, 2024: The Flame; Lunar New Year Edition – Studio B
For one night only The Flame: Lunar New Year Edition, is a special performance of Vancouver’s wildly popular storytelling series is coming to Richmond for the first time. On February 10th, join Deborah Williams, the award-winning actor and one of the creators of Mom’s the Word, and talented local storytellers for an evening full of “stories that are true”. With themes of family, traditions, and new beginnings, this entertaining night features live musicians and storytelling in English with occasional dialogue and songs in the storyteller’s mother tongue.
March 6-17, 2024: Jade Circle – Studio B
Experience the world premiere of Jade Circle, a multidisciplinary performance by Jasmine Chen. Through powerful music, captivating movement, and poignant storytelling in Mandarin and English, Jade Circle follows Jasmine’s journey to find her place within the legacy of her matriarchs. Whatever your language is, spoken or unspoken, it can bring you closer to who you are. Jade Circle is a part of Jasmine Chen’s Mother Tongue Project and is a rice & beans production in association with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.
April 11-20, 2024: Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery – Mainstage
Co-produced with Thousand Islands Playhouse and Western Canada Theatre.
From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor) comes a fast-paced, pulse-pounding comedy like no other. Equal parts adventure and comedy, Baskerville finds Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson attempting to crack their most notorious case. Who killed Sir Charles Baskerville? In this madcap retelling of the ultimate Victorian whodunit, a nimble cast of five takes on nearly forty characters, darting on and off stage almost as quickly as the twists and turns of this delightfully complex plot. Presented in English with Traditional and Simplified Chinese surtitles.
For more details, showtimes and tickets visit gatewaytheatre.com. Arts Lover Subscription packages are on sale now with single show tickets on sale June 30th.