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5 Mar

Guide to Montréal theatres

Montréal is home to numerous theatres that host English and French productions year-round. Here is a handy guide to many of the city’s most popular theatres and theatre companies:

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Salle Wilfred-Pelletier – 175 Ste-Catherine W.

The largest performance hall in Québec with seating for 2,996, Salle Wilfred-Pelletier is home to the Opera de Montréal and regularly presents concerts, special events and touring blockbuster Broadway shows such as The Lion King. Salle Wilfred-Pelletier is located in the Place des Arts complex, which is home to several theatres, including Théâtre Maisonneuve.

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Centaur Theatre  453 St-François-Xavier

Montréal’s largest English-language theatre was founded in 1969 and presents international, national and Quebec playwrights on its two main stages, with an emphasis on Montréal.

Théâtre Jean Duceppe 175 Ste-Catherine W.

Founded in 1973 by Jean Duceppe, this company is one of Montréal’s busiest French-language mainstream theatres, located in Place des Arts, and presents international, national and Quebec playwrights.

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Théâtre du Nouveau Monde 84 Ste-Catherine W.

Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the French-language TNM was founded in 1951 in what used to be the historic vaudeville theatre The Gayety, and today presents classics from today and yesterday, from Shakespeare to Michel Tremblay.

Segal_CentreThe Segal Centre for Performing Arts5170 Chemin de la Côte Ste-Catherine

Located in Montreal’s West End (Côte Ste-Catherine Metro station), the Segal Theatre is a pillar of Montreal’s English-language and local Yiddish theatre scenes, produces classics and commissions new Canadian works, while the Segal Studio regularly presents productions by such companies as the Black Theatre Workshop, the oldest professional Black theatre company in Canada.

Théâtre St-Denis 1594 St-Denis Street

This gorgeous art–deco theatre hosts concerts year-round, musical revues such as American Story and, during the summertime Juste Pour Rire festival, blockbuster runs of French-language adaptations of Broadway musicals like Mary Poppins, Hairspray and Footloose.

Théâtre du Rideau Vert 4664 St-Denis

Founded in 1948, TRV is the first professional French-language theatre in Quebec, producing works by such legendary Quebec artists as Felix Leclerc and Michel Tremblay, to adaptations of plays by Noel Coward and Harold Pinter.

Théâtre de Quat’Sous 100 Rue des Pins E.

Founded in 1955, this high-design theatre in the Plateau district showcases French-language Quebec talent and pushes the limits of theatricality.

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Théâtre Prospero 1371 Ontario E.

Since 1999, some 250 companies have presented innovative French-language plays in a multi-space venue showcasing both emerging and established artists.

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Denise Pelletier Theatre 4353 Ste-Catherine E.

Founded in 1964, the TDP specializes in French-language theatre for youth. Each year, some 60,000 students from 250 schools watch a play at the TDP.

Théâtre La Licorne 4559 Papineau

Run by their in-house Théâtre de La Manufacture, programming showcases French-language international and Quebec theatre.


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