As the lazy days of summer melt into the hustle and bustle of autumn, Hamilton’s theatre season starts to heat up.
What is special about the Hamilton theatre scene, though, is its dedication to producing world-class productions that showcase our local talent. From the big stage at Theatre Aquarius to the intimacy of the Hamilton Player’s Guild studio on Queen St., we’ve got it all in this city as far as theatre goes.
This season, Hamilton’s theatre scene will feature plenty of comedy, mystery and drama and a few Broadway musicals.
Here’s what some of our local theatres are putting on this season.
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190 King William St.
First up is the comedy Renovation for Six by Canadian playwright Norm Forster. The show runs from Sept. 18 to Oct. 5 and features three couples who are all in the midst of home renovations at a dinner party.
The Theatre Aquarius website describes the production as “a hilarious, fast-paced comedy for everyone who ever got stuck in a fixer-upper, in life or in love!”
New York City-based playwright Carey Crim’s award-winning Never Not Once will be featured from Oct. 23 to Nov. 9.
The theatre warns the play contains mature content and describes the show as “a powerful and poignant drama about the families we choose, and the secrets that can tear them apart.”
And, just in time for the holiday season, Tony award-winning Hairspray the Broadway Musical will hit the stage for a run from Nov. 27 to Dec. 29.
The theatre company says the show “is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.”
Hamilton Theatre Inc.
140 MacNab St. N.
Since 1956, Hamilton Theatre Inc. has touted their devotion to offering the ‘Best of Broadway’ and their production this fall is no exception.
From Oct. 25 to Nov. 9, the company will be offering audiences thrills, chills, and rock n’ roll with their production of cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show.
At the Old Firehall Arts Centre ar 334 Wilson St. E., the company is staging a production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.
The show, which is said to be the longest-running play in the history of theatre, runs evenings Sept 13, 14, 20, 21 and matinees on Sept. 15, 22.
The company’s main stage production of Mama Mia!, at the Theatre Auditorium at Ancaster High School, 374 Jerseyville Rd., runs evenings of Nov. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 and matinees on Nov. 17, 23, 24.
Waterdown Village Theatre
317 Dundas St. E.
In keeping with the theme of Agatha Christie and murder mysteries, the Waterdown Village Theatre will be staging a production of The Uninvited Guest from Nov. 8 to 23.
Shows will run evenings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and matinees on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Player’s Guild of Hamilton Inc.
This company will be staging a musical review called I’ll Be Seeing You, which features wartime hits that commemorate the Allied Forces.
The show runs Oct. 25, 26, 31, Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m. And Oct. 27, Nov. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.