Welcome to The Village Playhouse


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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Skating to New York – Family Film & Hot Dog Lunch @ Bancroft Village Playhouse
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm

Free Family Film  and Hot Dog Party

Join us for a hot dog lunch and a free family film screening of “Skating to New York” at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft.

Hot dogs will be served at noon, after the Bancroft Street Hockey Game. The film starts at 1pm.

I love Dylan Benefit Concert @ Bancroft Village Playhouse
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Cathy Jones – No Stranger to Hard Work @ Bancroft Village Playhouse
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm

Cathy Jones set to bring laughs to Bancroft

Cathy Jones  Final-page-001Canadian cultural icon, comedienne and one of the funniest women on television, Cathy Jones, is set to bring her one-woman show, “Stranger to Hard Work” to the Bancroft Village Playhouse on Thursday, February 18.

In this new show, Cathy shares her unique perspective on a variety of topics from food to money and the troublesome people in her life. It’s a funny, thought provoking look at what she’s learned in life so far.

Master of a thousand voices, Cathy Jones is a Canadian television icon and an audience favourite for an unprecedented 25 years. She’s a founding member of the award-winning comedy troupe CODCO, past member of the Wonderful Grand Band, and has starred in every season of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Cathy is as popular with her peers as she is with fans, winning an incredible 18 Gemini Awards for her work as a writer and performer. Cathy is a passionate advocate for the environment, a Buddhist, a mother, and a proud grandmother who works and writes from her eco-home on the East Coast.

“This is an incredible opportunity to see this Canadian icon in such an intimate setting,” says Playhouse Manager Heather Brough. “We can’t wait to see Cathy on our stage and because we like to get up close and personal with our favourite Canadian stars, we’ve invited Cathy to do a live audience Q &A right after the performance and she agreed!”

Tickets are now available at Hospice House, Posies, Harvest Moon or online at boxofficebancroft.com for $35 plus HST. This is a licensed event and all proceeds go to the Bancroft Village Playhouse Repair Fund. Please note, this is Cathy Jones so there is an “adult language” advisory in place.

‘Croft Talks LIVE @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tony Melendez @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm


Unique Performer Coming to Bancroft

A multi-award winning musician is coming to the Bancroft Village Playhouse on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm. Tony Melendez is an unique and extremely talented singer/songwriter who has a very special gift to give to the world.
Originally from Nicaragua, Tony was born without arms due to the drug Thalidomide which was prescribed to his mother for morning sickness before he was born. Without arms he had to learn to do almost everything with his feet, and at age 16 he taught himself to play guitar with his toes. As he grew proficient at his guitar playing he also matured as a singer and composer. In 1987 he was asked by the youth of Los Angeles to be their gift to Pope John Paul II. It was this internationally broadcast event that set Tony’s career in to high gear. Now more than twenty eight years later Tony has traveled to all fifty states and more than 44 foreign countries. Tony has been on shows such as Good Morning America, Arsenio Hall, 700 Club, Jerry Lewis Telethons,
and prime time network specials for Variety Clubs and Very Special Arts.
Tony and his brother Jose travel together sharing their message of hope and love of life through music and personal life stories. As they continue to travel they also focus on young people by going into elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, speaking on issues like self-esteem, substance abuse, disability awareness, etc. (They are presenting to the students of North Hastings High School also on the 25th during school hours).
Tony has recorded five albums and is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including special commendations from President Reagan, State of California, The City of Los Angeles, and countless other civic and charitable organizations, as well as the first annual Inspirational Hero Award from the NFL Alumni Association at Super Bowl XXIII in Miami.
Tony tailors his concerts according to his audience and Bancroft’s will be a motivational, musical keynote (non-religious) type. The Playhouse event takes place at 7 pm, and is being sponsored by Mary’s Mission, a non profit organization, specializing in social awareness issues and outreach to the poor. Tickets are only $10 and available at McMichael Jewellers, The Stone Kitchen, online: www.boxofficebancroft.com, or at the door.
For more information visit: www.marysmission.ca.

Cocktails & Canvas @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm