Welcome to The Village Playhouse

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The Bancroft Village Playhouse offers audiences intimate access to live music, theatre and film. Drawing on local talent as well as nationally recognized names and acts, the Playhouse is the heart of Bancroft’s Theatre District.

With monthly TIFF screenings and community events like ‘Croft Talks Live, there’s always something going on at the historic theatre that is by operated by Hospice North Hastings in partnership with St. Paul’s United Church.

 


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Jun
30
Thu
“This Changes Everything” – Documentary Screening @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm

SOCIAL JUSTICE WITHOUT BORDERS FUNDRAISING KICK OFF

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING POSTER-page-001 (2)On Thursday June 30 Social Justice Without Borders kicks off its fundraising efforts for sponsoring a Syrian refugee family and providing much needed funds to North Hastings Community Trust with the showing of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

This game changing documentary film by Avi Lewis is based on the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller by award winning journalist and author, Naomi Klein.  Shot in 9 countries over the course of 4 years, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.  Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.  The film builds to its most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Klein says, “Travelling around the world with the book in the last year, I’m finding audiences hungry for bold, visionary responses, far beyond the caution policy tweaks offered by political leaders.  The real leadership is coming from the streets, from communities:  we’re honoured to tell these stories and bring these voices to a wider audience.”

“The urgency is palpable,” said Director/Producer Avi Lewis.  “I’m beginning to think ‘climate fatigue’ is a condition that just afflicts journalists!  We’re delighted to have assembled a team of industry verterans who are ready to break all the rules and answer the call of this historic moment with an inspiring and hopeful message.  Are we just preaching to the choir?  Sure….if by ‘choir’ you mean the whole human race.

This film is exciting as, unlike many documentaries about climate change, it offers a much needed note of optimism with change coming from the grassroots.

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is being shown on Thursday June 30 at the Village Playhouse at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion about the film.  Admission is by donation.

 

Jul
5
Tue
2 Across @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm

2across-1Two strangers, a psychologist (Andrea McArdle) and an unemployed ad man (Kip Gilman) find themselves alone on a San Francisco commuter train at 4 a.m., each doing their New York Times crossword puzzles. But before their crosswords are solved, they find that they may have solved the puzzles of their own lives.

Jul
6
Wed
2 Across @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 6 @ 8:00 pm

2across-1Two strangers, a psychologist (Andrea McArdle) and an unemployed ad man (Kip Gilman) find themselves alone on a San Francisco commuter train at 4 a.m., each doing their New York Times crossword puzzles. But before their crosswords are solved, they find that they may have solved the puzzles of their own lives.

Jul
7
Thu
2 Across @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm

2across-1Two strangers, a psychologist (Andrea McArdle) and an unemployed ad man (Kip Gilman) find themselves alone on a San Francisco commuter train at 4 a.m., each doing their New York Times crossword puzzles. But before their crosswords are solved, they find that they may have solved the puzzles of their own lives.

2 Across @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 7 @ 8:00 pm

2across-1Two strangers, a psychologist (Andrea McArdle) and an unemployed ad man (Kip Gilman) find themselves alone on a San Francisco commuter train at 4 a.m., each doing their New York Times crossword puzzles. But before their crosswords are solved, they find that they may have solved the puzzles of their own lives.

Jul
8
Fri
2 Across @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 8 @ 8:00 pm

2across-1Two strangers, a psychologist (Andrea McArdle) and an unemployed ad man (Kip Gilman) find themselves alone on a San Francisco commuter train at 4 a.m., each doing their New York Times crossword puzzles. But before their crosswords are solved, they find that they may have solved the puzzles of their own lives.

Jul
12
Tue
TIFF FILM – Race @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 12 @ 4:15 pm
TIFF FILM – Race @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Jul
13
Wed
Tapestry – The Carole King Songbook @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm

Tapestry – Carole King Songbook

carol king‘Tapestry’, the Carole King Songbook, is the Premier musical tribute to Carole King.

This show recreates the sound and vibe of a 1970’s
Carole King concert experience following her legendary album, Tapestry.
You will be transported back to the iconic image of her
multi-million selling album of 1971.

Impeccable attention to detail is taken in recreating a respectful and accurate
musical presentation of piano and vocals, just as they were.
Suzanne’s performance will take you on a journey back to those great recordings.
During the 70’s & 80’s, Carole played solo, with acoustic musicians,
and a full band with horns during this period.
This show is performed in any of those formats.

Tapestry not only presents the record-breaking,
Grammy winning album of the same name, but is a retrospective of the iconic
songwriting team of Goffin and King, and her hits that continued into the 70’s.
This prolific team wrote chart-topping hits for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bobby Vee,
The Beatles, James Taylor, the Drifters, Donny Osmond…and the list goes on.

You will feel the Earth Move under your feet with this show.

 

Jul
21
Thu
Suddenly Mommy @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm

 

suddenly_logo_with-shadow_RGB-page-001 (2)  This hilarious one-woman show takes us through every mom’s experience of good times, bad advice, and trying to do it all. From hot dates to play dates, experience the rollicking rollercoaster of motherhood. Because no matter how you planned it… it always comes suddenly!

“Anne Marie Scheffler didn’t think motherhood would be this hard.She thought she could be the sexy show biz mom with a baby in one arm, and a movie script in the other. Her jarring realization otherwise makes for a humourous and entertaining show!” – CBC Radio

Jul
22
Fri
MILF Life Crisis @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm

MILF Life Crisis-notext (002)Your whole life, you just wanted to get married and have babies. And it took a bit of time to get there, but you got there. But now your perfect life has fallen apart. Now you have your beautiful children and a parenting schedule with the ex. Did you really just land back on the dating market? Do you really need to go through first dates and bad judgement all over again? Do you have to get on Tinder and Plenty of Fish? Is this a tragedy or a wonderful new beginning? Are you really supposed to get back together with your high school boyfriend? Are you ever going to love again? And why does it seem everyone is getting a divorce??? 

Jul
27
Wed
Chris Funk “The Wonderist” A Night of Magic and Illusion @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm

Chris Funk Illusionist“Head-scratching magic tricks…had me up all night trying to puzzle my way through the seeming impossibilities. There are some real mind blowers here.”

  • CBC

Chris Funk has spent the last 15 of his 23 years in magic travelling across Canada and the United States performing a style of magic that can only be defined as “refreshingly different.” Chris has truly mastered the integral elements of each performance and really engages and  connects with every audience, while creating standout moments time and time again.

Chris has been performing onstage since the age of 7, first as a musician, then as a magician, and now as a brilliant and witty performer known as “The Wonderist.” He combines Intuition, Influence, and Illusion with side-splitting comedy to create moments that baffle and amuse. Chris is also an improv master, allowing him to take advantage of the moments that make every show different from the last.

Aug
5
Fri
Naomi Snieckus – National Theatre of the World @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 5 @ 8:00 pm

National theatre of the World  Naomi Sneikus (2)The National Theatre of the World is a six-time Canadian Comedy Award winning, multi-disciplinary, Toronto-based, theatre company that creates exciting, provocative, and instantaneous theatre through the art of improvisation.

This means serious laughs!

N.T.O.W. was founded in 2008, by Co-Artistic Directors Matt Baram, Ron Pederson and Naomi Snieckus with the mandate of creating new Canadian work and to encourage the theatre and improvisation communities to come together.

Aug
6
Sat
Naomi Snieckus – National Theatre of the World @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 6 @ 8:00 pm

National theatre of the World  Naomi Sneikus (2)The National Theatre of the World is a six-time Canadian Comedy Award winning, multi-disciplinary, Toronto-based, theatre company that creates exciting, provocative, and instantaneous theatre through the art of improvisation.

This means serious laughs!

N.T.O.W. was founded in 2008, by Co-Artistic Directors Matt Baram, Ron Pederson and Naomi Snieckus with the mandate of creating new Canadian work and to encourage the theatre and improvisation communities to come together.

Aug
8
Mon
“It Takes A Village” – Summer Theatre Camp for Kids! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 8 all-day

Summer TheatrKids - June23-page-001 (2)Sign-up now for this amazing week of tripple-threat fun with director Dianne Winmill. This week will delight singers, dancers and actors and the final production will be performed LIVE on the stage of the Village Playhouse to a packed audience.

Only twenty students are being accepted so register soon!

 

It takes a village info and form page 2 2016

Aug
9
Tue
“It Takes A Village” – Summer Theatre Camp for Kids! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 9 all-day

Summer TheatrKids - June23-page-001 (2)Sign-up now for this amazing week of tripple-threat fun with director Dianne Winmill. This week will delight singers, dancers and actors and the final production will be performed LIVE on the stage of the Village Playhouse to a packed audience.

Only twenty students are being accepted so register soon!

 

It takes a village info and form page 2 2016

TIFF Film – Sing Street @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 9 @ 4:15 pm
TIFF Film – Sing Street @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm
Aug
10
Wed
“It Takes A Village” – Summer Theatre Camp for Kids! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 10 all-day

Summer TheatrKids - June23-page-001 (2)Sign-up now for this amazing week of tripple-threat fun with director Dianne Winmill. This week will delight singers, dancers and actors and the final production will be performed LIVE on the stage of the Village Playhouse to a packed audience.

Only twenty students are being accepted so register soon!

 

It takes a village info and form page 2 2016

Aug
11
Thu
“It Takes A Village” – Summer Theatre Camp for Kids! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 11 all-day

Summer TheatrKids - June23-page-001 (2)Sign-up now for this amazing week of tripple-threat fun with director Dianne Winmill. This week will delight singers, dancers and actors and the final production will be performed LIVE on the stage of the Village Playhouse to a packed audience.

Only twenty students are being accepted so register soon!

 

It takes a village info and form page 2 2016

Aug
12
Fri
“It Takes A Village” – Summer Theatre Camp for Kids! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 12 all-day

Summer TheatrKids - June23-page-001 (2)Sign-up now for this amazing week of tripple-threat fun with director Dianne Winmill. This week will delight singers, dancers and actors and the final production will be performed LIVE on the stage of the Village Playhouse to a packed audience.

Only twenty students are being accepted so register soon!

 

It takes a village info and form page 2 2016

Highlands Opera @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm

OperaSave the date – details coming soon!

Aug
13
Sat
“It Takes A Village” – Summer Theatre Camp for Kids! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 13 all-day

Summer TheatrKids - June23-page-001 (2)Sign-up now for this amazing week of tripple-threat fun with director Dianne Winmill. This week will delight singers, dancers and actors and the final production will be performed LIVE on the stage of the Village Playhouse to a packed audience.

Only twenty students are being accepted so register soon!

 

It takes a village info and form page 2 2016

Aug
18
Thu
ONEymoon @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm

ONEYMOON_POSTER_AUG2016 (2)With ambiguous feelings about the institution of marriage and unwilling to commit to anything less than perfection, Caroline opts to re-invent a long standing social convention. The audience joins Caroline as her family and friends on her unusual wedding day and follow along on her beach vacation — her honeymoon for one.

Filled with zany wit, improv, dance and song, Caroline pokes holes in our notions of “wedded bliss” – but ultimately finds that even a long-term relationship with herself has its pitfalls.

Aug
19
Fri
ONEymoon @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm

ONEYMOON_POSTER_AUG2016 (2)With ambiguous feelings about the institution of marriage and unwilling to commit to anything less than perfection, Caroline opts to re-invent a long standing social convention. The audience joins Caroline as her family and friends on her unusual wedding day and follow along on her beach vacation — her honeymoon for one.

Filled with zany wit, improv, dance and song, Caroline pokes holes in our notions of “wedded bliss” – but ultimately finds that even a long-term relationship with herself has its pitfalls.

Aug
23
Tue
TIFF FILM – Where to Invade Next @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm
Aug
26
Fri
Divas, Duets & Quartets @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm
divas_logoWe are thrilled to be able to bring you this outstanding lineup once again, with a few new pieces from your favourite Broadway shows. Offered to you in the true tradition of cabaret – grab yourself a drink, grab yourself a table and enjoy these marvellous songs and a great night of entertainment. There is something for everyone-terrific songs, a little humour, beautiful harmonies and some of the most outstanding vocalists in the city.
Divas, Duets & Quartets @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm
divas_logoWe are thrilled to be able to bring you this outstanding lineup once again, with a few new pieces from your favourite Broadway shows. Offered to you in the true tradition of cabaret – grab yourself a drink, grab yourself a table and enjoy these marvellous songs and a great night of entertainment. There is something for everyone-terrific songs, a little humour, beautiful harmonies and some of the most outstanding vocalists in the city.