So you’re in Toronto for November and looking to take in some live theatre, huh? You’ve come to the right place. This city is bursting with an incredible theatre scene, especially this time of year. Whether you’re in the mood for a big Broadway blockbuster, an intimate indie production, or something delightfully avant-garde, Toronto’s got you covered. The only problem is narrowing down the options. But don’t worry, I’ve done the legwork for you. I’ve combed through all the shows on offer in November and curated a list of the absolute must-sees. These are the shows that will stay with you long after the curtain falls and the standing ovations end. The shows that make you remember why live theatre is so magical. So grab your tickets, settle into your seat, and get ready for a night you won’t soon forget. The Toronto theatre scene awaits!
- Must-See Broadway Shows Coming to Toronto in November
- Critically Acclaimed Local Productions Opening This Month
- Family-Friendly Plays and Musicals Perfect for Kids
- Toronto's Smaller Theatres Offer Unique Live Experiences
- Improv and Comedy Shows Guaranteed to Make You Laugh
- Holiday-Themed Shows Spreading Cheer This Season
- Concerts and Special Events at Toronto's Historic Theatres
- Student and Budget-Friendly Performances Around the City
- Toronto Shows FAQ: Booking Tips, Discounts, and More
Must-See Broadway Shows Coming to Toronto in November
November is the perfect month to catch some world-class theatre in Toronto. Two huge Broadway shows are coming to town, and you won’t want to miss either of them.
First up, the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton will be taking the stage at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. This groundbreaking hip hop musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and the birth of America using rap and hip hop. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to experience the cultural phenomenon that is Hamilton live on stage.
The other must-see show is the magical musical phenomenon Wicked, playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. This musical retells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good from The Wizard of Oz. Featuring catchy songs, dazzling costumes and sets, and a poignant story of friendship and finding your own way, Wicked is a musical unlike any other.
If you only have time for one show while the theatres are buzzing in November, I highly recommend snagging tickets to either Hamilton or Wicked, depending on your tastes. Hamilton for an innovative, powerful musical experience, or Wicked for a heartwarming story and classic musical theatre magic. No matter which one you choose, you’re in for an unforgettable night of live entertainment in Toronto.
Other Highly-Rated Shows
Beyond the blockbusters, there are a few other shows performing in November worth considering:
•The Color Purple – An inspiring musical telling the unforgettable story of Celie, an African-American woman living in Georgia in the early 1900s.
•Come From Away – A moving musical telling the true story of a small Newfoundland town that welcomed stranded airplane passengers on 9/11.
•Dear Evan Hansen – The 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, featuring a moving story and soundtrack about truth, lies and the messy reality of growing up.
Critically Acclaimed Local Productions Opening This Month
Toronto’s theatre scene is heating up this month with some critically acclaimed local productions opening their doors. Check out these must-see shows:
The Handmaid’s Tale
This adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel just opened at the Elgin Theatre. Set in a totalitarian future where fertility rates have plummeted, the story follows Offred, a handmaid forced into child-bearing servitude. Powerful, intense, and all too relevant, this production is a triumph. With rave reviews and tickets selling fast, don’t miss your chance to experience this moving work of art.
Come From Away
Back by popular demand, this feel-good musical tells the true story of when 38 planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town on 9/11. Celebrating humanity’s capacity for kindness in times of crisis, Come From Away has been called “a gift of hope.” This uplifting show is suitable for all ages, with a message we could all use right now.
The Comedy Bar
If you’re looking for laughs, head to The Comedy Bar. Featuring stand-up shows every night of the week, you’re guaranteed an evening of giggles and guffaws. With a rotating lineup of talented up-and-coming comedians, two shows nightly at 7:30 and 9:30pm, and tickets for under $20, The Comedy Bar is perfect for an affordable, impromptu night out.
With diverse shows opening across genres this month, from drama to musicals to comedy, Toronto’s stages have something for everyone. Support local theatre – get your tickets today!
Family-Friendly Plays and Musicals Perfect for Kids
If you have little ones at home, November in Toronto offers some great live theatre options for the whole family. These family-friendly shows are fun for both kids and parents.
The Lion King
No trip to Toronto is complete without seeing Disney’s iconic musical “The Lion King.” This award-winning show features unforgettable music, imaginative costumes, and a timeless story of love and courage. Kids will be enthralled by the larger-than-life puppets and the memorable songs like “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata.”
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl’s classic tale comes to life in this musical adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Follow Charlie Bucket as he wins a contest to tour the magical chocolate factory of Willy Wonka. Little ones will love seeing how the Oompa Loompas make the candy and the mischievous antics of the naughty children. The music and sets are sure to dazzle people of all ages.
The Wizard of Oz
There’s no place like the theatre for this stage adaptation of the beloved family film. Journey with Dorothy and her friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion down the yellow brick road to the magical land of Oz. Featuring unforgettable songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” this show shares an important message about friendship and finding your way home.
Come From Away
Although not a traditional musical for kids, “Come From Away” shares an inspiring true story of compassion and human kindness. When planes were grounded in a small Newfoundland town after 9/11, the locals came together to provide food and shelter for stranded travelers. Heartwarming, humorous and poignant, this musical demonstrates the power of unity and community. While some mature themes make it best for kids 10 and up, the overall message of hope and humanity is perfect for families.
With singing, dancing and stories of adventure, these live shows are sure to spark the imagination of both children and grown-ups. Treat your family to an unforgettable theatre experience this November in Toronto.
Toronto’s Smaller Theatres Offer Unique Live Experiences
Toronto’s smaller theatre scene offers an intimate experience you won’t find at the big venues. Support local arts by checking out one of these unique shows in cozy theatres around the city.
The Assembly Theatre
This 50-seat theatre in the Distillery District hosts innovative productions in an up-close-and-personal setting. In November, they’re featuring “The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe,” a one-woman show depicting the final days of the Hollywood icon’s life.
The Coal Mine Theatre
This underground theatre with just 63 seats is located in an old coal bunker, giving performances an atmospheric vibe. Their November show is “Venus in Fur,” the sexy two-hander about power dynamics and relationships. The stripped-down staging in this compact space allows the show’s mind games and chemistry between actors to shine through.
The Storefront Theatre
Living up to its name, The Storefront Theatre’s performance space is a converted storefront. They focus on contemporary pieces that push creative boundaries. In November, you can see the world premiere of “Through the Eyes of Tomorrow,” an immersive multimedia show transporting audiences to the future. With high-tech visuals in a small setting, this promises to be a unique theatre experience.
The Theatre Center
This multi-theatre performing arts center includes the 100-seat Theatre Center and 60-seat Studio space. They offer contemporary dramas, comedies, and musicals. In November, the Studio is featuring “Constellations,” an intimate two-hander play exploring the multiverse theory and relationships. The Theatre Center is showcasing “Sweeney Todd,” the darkly comedic musical thriller about a murderous barber.
With cozy theatres, affordable tickets, and innovative productions, Toronto’s indie theatre scene gives you an experience like no other. Support local arts this November and enjoy a show in one of these intimate venues.
Improv and Comedy Shows Guaranteed to Make You Laugh
Toronto’s improv and comedy scene is world-class, with hilarious shows happening almost every night of the week. If you’re looking for some laughs this November, check out these shows guaranteed to make you smile.
The Second City
This legendary comedy club has been making audiences chuckle for over 50 years. Their improv and sketch shows feature quick-witted comedians who create comedy gold on the spot based on audience suggestions. The intimate cabaret-style theatre makes you feel part of the show. The Second City offers both improv and pre-written sketch comedy shows, so you can experience the best of both worlds.
Bad Dog Comedy Theatre
Bad Dog is known for its outrageous improv and sketch shows with an uncensored, no-holds-barred style of comedy. Their team of comedians, called “dogs,” take improv to the extreme with shows like “The Harold” where a single audience suggestion inspires a series of improvised scenes and songs. Bad Dog also offers comedy workshops if you want to unleash your own comedic talent.
The Kids in the Hall
The legendary Canadian sketch comedy group, The Kids in the Hall, are reuniting for a series of shows at the Winter Garden Theatre this November. Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson will be bringing back some of their most hilarious and bizarre characters from the ‘80s and ‘90s. This is a rare chance to see comedy legends in action. Tickets will sell out fast, so book early.
Yuk Yuks Stand-Up Comedy Club
For stand-up comedy, head to Yuk Yuks, which showcases both up-and-coming and well-known comedians. You never know who might drop in for a surprise set. With shows almost every night of the week at venues across Toronto, you’re sure to find a comedy style you enjoy, whether it’s political satire, storytelling, improv or insult comedy. Yuk Yuks has been making stand-up comedy accessible in Toronto for over 35 years.
With this variety of improv, sketch and stand-up comedy shows, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Toronto this November. Come ready to laugh!
Holiday-Themed Shows Spreading Cheer This Season
The holiday season is the perfect time to check out some festive live theatre shows. Toronto has some great options to spread good cheer this November.
The Christmas Carol Project
A innovative take on the Dickens classic. Each night, a different local playwright adapts the story of Scrooge and the Cratchits to a modern setting. You’ll never see the same show twice! Runs November 1-30 at the Coal Mine Theatre.
Miracle on 34th Street
A musical adaptation of the beloved film about faith and the magic of Christmas. When a kind old man claims to be the real Santa Claus, his sanity is questioned. Heartwarming songs and dance numbers guaranteed to lift your holiday spirit. Playing November 15-December 23 at the St. Lawrence Center for the Arts.
The Harry Potter parody returns for a special Christmas edition. Experience all seven books in 70 hilarious minutes as prankster Daniel Clarkson and sidekick Jefferson Turner try to re-enact the entire series live on stage. Perfect for Potterheads and Muggles alike. Runs November 25-January 7 at the Panasonic Theatre.
No holiday season is complete without this timeless Tchaikovsky ballet. Follow young Clara on a magical journey to the Land of Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince. The National Ballet of Canada’s lavish production features opulent sets and costumes, with live music from the National Ballet Orchestra. Playing November 30-December 29 at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts.
From heartfelt stories of faith restored to side-splitting parodies and whimsical fantasies, there’s a show for every Christmas spirit in Toronto this November. Grab your tickets now before they sell out, and enjoy an evening of merrymaking and mirth at one of these festive holiday productions.
Concerts and Special Events at Toronto’s Historic Theatres
Some of the most historic theatres in Toronto host exciting live shows and concerts in November. Check out these venerable venues to experience the city’s vibrant culture.
The Royal Alexandra Theatre
Opened in 1907, the “Royal Alex” is Canada’s oldest continuously operating theatre. In November, it features the North American premiere of the musical & Juliet, which reimagines the story of Romeo and Juliet told through pop songs by Max Martin, who wrote hits for Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake. The show is a fun, high-energy take on the classic tale.
The Ed Mirvish Theatre
Originally named the Pantages Theatre, this opulent 1920s movie palace was restored and reopened in 1963. In November, it presents Come From Away, a moving musical telling true stories of stranded air travelers in Gander, Newfoundland after 9/11. Called “an anthem of hope, humanity and international goodwill,” the show has won multiple Tony and Olivier awards.
Opened in 1894, Massey Hall is Canada’s premier venue for live music. In November, catch veteran Canadian rockers Blue Rodeo, Juno-winning pop artist Alessia Cara, or the genre-blending sounds of Bahamas. There are also comedians like Ali Wong and John Mulaney, and classical concerts by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The historic hall has fantastic acoustics, with not a bad seat in the house.
Meridian Hall (Formerly the Sony Center)
Reopened in October 2010 after a major renovation, this theatre hosts pop and rock shows, comedians, dance performances and more. In November, check out Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue, American blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, or controversial comedian Dave Chappelle. The venue has high-tech staging and sound, with multiple bars and lounges.
With this variety of world-class shows at some of the city’s most storied theatres, November in Toronto promises an unforgettable experience at an event you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Student and Budget-Friendly Performances Around the City
As a student or budget-conscious theatre lover, catching a show in Toronto doesn’t have to break the bank. Many theatres offer discounted tickets, rush seats, or pay-what-you-can performances making live theatre accessible for all.
Soulpepper Theatre Company
Soulpepper is dedicated to promoting community and inclusion through the performing arts. They frequently offer $25 tickets for students and arts workers. They also have a pay-what-you-can program where tickets start at just $10. Shows range from classics like A Streetcar Named Desire to contemporary works from up-and-coming playwrights.
Factory Theatre supports the development of innovative Canadian plays and playwrights. They run a rush ticket program where any unsold seats can be purchased for just $20 (cash only) 30 minutes before showtime. They also offer student tickets for $15 and pay-what-you-can Sundays where tickets are a suggested $20 donation. Factory shows are always compelling, thought-provoking and push the boundaries of modern theatre.
Tarragon Theatre is one of Canada’s leading new play theatres. They have a 30Below program for anyone under 30 with $15 tickets. They also frequently run pay-what-you-can previews in the week leading up to opening night where tickets are a suggested $20-$40 sliding scale donation. Tarragon productions are contemporary, socially-relevant and showcase established and emerging playwrights alike.
Canadian Stage Company
Canadian Stage Company, located at the Berkeley Street and Bluma Appel Theatres, offers $25 tickets for anyone under 30 through their StagePlay program. They also have rush tickets available for $20 starting 2 hours before showtime (subject to availability). Canadian Stage is known for innovative world premieres, avant-garde works and their unique multidisciplinary collaborations. A perfect choice for students seeking an unconventional cultural experience.
With so many budget-friendly options, live theatre in Toronto has never been so accessible. Supporting these companies by attending student and pay-what-you-can performances is a great way to experience the arts even when money is tight. The shows are high caliber, the talent is world-class, and the prices can’t be beat. Why not catch a show this month?
Toronto Shows FAQ: Booking Tips, Discounts, and More
Booking tickets and saving money on shows in Toronto couldn’t be easier. Here are some tips to help you navigate the Toronto theatre scene like a pro:
Buy tickets in advance
For popular shows, especially on weekends, booking at least 2 to 4 weeks ahead is recommended. Some productions like big Broadway musicals often sell out months in advance. Check the show’s website or Ticketmaster for the exact on-sale date and time so you can grab good seats.
Look for discounts and deals
Many theatres offer rush tickets, same-day discounts, student rates, or senior specials. Sign up for the venue’s newsletter to get promo codes emailed to you. Follow your favorite shows on social media too, as they’ll often post last-minute deals there.
Explore membership options
If you’re a frequent theatregoer, a membership can save you a bundle. Mirvish Productions, Canadian Stage Company, and Tarragon Theatre all offer membership plans with perks like discounted tickets, no fees, ticket exchanges, and dining benefits. The basic plans typically pay for themselves after 3 to 4 shows.
Don’t forget about lotteries and standby
Some blockbuster shows like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen or The Lion King offer ticket lotteries, where a limited number of seats are raffled off for each performance at a steep discount. You enter the lottery on the show’s website and winners can buy tickets for around $30 to $50 each. Standing in the “standby” line on the day of the show is risky but can also reward you with cheap last-minute tickets.
Know the seating charts
Check the seating chart for each venue before buying to make sure you get good seats. Sitting up front in the mezzanine or front balcony often provides the best views for musicals. For plays, center orchestra seats in the middle of the auditorium are ideal. Avoid the rear balcony for most shows.
With a little planning and by taking advantage of deals, you’ll be enjoying world-class theatre in Toronto without breaking the bank. Have a great show!
So there you have it, your guide to the hottest tickets for live theatre in Toronto this November. With so many amazing shows on offer, you really can’t go wrong. Whether you want to laugh, cry, think deep thoughts or just be entertained, Toronto’s stages have something for everyone. Support your local theatre scene, grab some friends or a date, get dressed up and enjoy a night on the town. Before you know it, the holidays will be here—so make the most of this cozy time of year and create some memories experiencing the magic of live performance. With this guide in hand, you’ll be front and center for the best Toronto has to offer. Break a leg!
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