Here are some facts about Edmonton theatre:
- Largest Theatre: This honor goes to the Citadel Theatre, which is also the largest regional theatre in Western Canada. In the 70’s, renowned British actor John Neville served as the theatre’s artistic director.
- Largest Fringe Festival in Canada: This is the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, a ten day alternative theatre festival, held annually in August. It takes place in Old Strathcona, which is home to a number of Edmonton theatres. During the festival, the alleys of the area are filled with street performers and actors dressed in masks and costumes.
- Longest Running Improvised Soap Opera: First staged in 1991 at the Varscona Theatre, ‘Die-Nasty’ features some of Edmonton’s funniest actors. The regular season show runs on Monday nights at 8pm, from mid-October until late May. This live improvised soap opera has also featured well known guest stars such as Mike Myers, Joe Flaherty and Nathan Fillion.
Edmonton’s theatre community is well known for is its unfailing support of Edmonton theatre artists. Whether you need a hard-to-find prop, or a volunteer, Edmontonians are always willing to help.You can use online booking sites as a hassle free way to get theater tickets for popular shows.