In the past 30 years the Belfry has produced 230 plays, including 158 Canadian plays, and more than 33 premieres. Many of those premiere productions have gone on to acclaim across Canada, in the U.S., Australia, Europe and London’s West End. Belfry productions regularly tour to other cities and have won awards in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.
The Belfry produces up to 12 plays per year: one or two summer productions, a four play Mainstage series, and SPARK, our mid-winter festival of innovative and alternative work from across Canada.
The Belfry’s mission is to produce theatre that generates ideas and dialogue, and that makes the audience see the world a little differently.
The company resides in a former Baptist Church built between 1887 and 1892. From the company’s inception until 1991 the Belfry rented the main theatre space in the building from The Cool-Aid Society and shared the complex with a homeless shelter. In 1991, Cool-Aid moved and the Belfry began the first of five capital campaigns to buy and restore the building. Renovations were completed in 2000 with the restoration of the exterior. The building is listed in the heritage registry and has won a number of awards for its restoration.
Langham Court Theatre is housed in a historical building that dates from 1876. It’s tucked away in the residential Rockland neighbourhood near the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on Moss Street. They are located off Rockland Avenue between Linden Avenue and Moss Street, in the Fort Street and Cook Street area of Greater Victoria.
It’s an intimate theatre with only 177 seats and is Home of the Victoria Theatre Guild & Dramatic School. Check the link to their website for their schedule.
In 2014, Kaleidoscope Theatre celebrates forty years as the driving force behind Vancouver Island’s most beloved theatre experiences for young people and their families reaching an audience of over fifteen-thousand each year.
5. Theatre Inconnu – 1923 Fernwood St., Victoria, BC (directly across from the Belfry Theatre).
Check their website for more information on up-coming plays & events.
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