The Next Stage Theatre Festival

With its most diverse lineup to date, Toronto’s premiere winter arts celebration, Next Stage Theatre Festival, returns January 2020 for its 13th edition. Presented by the Toronto Fringe, the 12 carefully curated shows are a thrilling showcase for bold, independent voices and a broad range of new, innovative plays.

2020 is the perfect year to talk about 20/20 vision, as the productions in this year’s Next Stage Theatre Festival portray this theme in many ways – both personal and political -- as artists present discussions around politics, bodies, genders, abilities, fears, and desires.

Next Stage is proud to present an inspiring selection of plays, proving the true span of contemporary theatrical work. Shows range from clown performances and reimagined burlesque, to stage readings, musicals and more. Additionally, a majority of the presentations feature talkbacks following performances as a way to foster, exchange and promote even more discussion!

Visit for selected show times.

Advance tickets and passes are available as of November 25, 2019. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 416-966-1062. Tickets are $18 for all Mainspace shows, and $15 for the U-R-U Staged Reading. Tickets purchased online or over the phone are subject to a $3 order fee.

Tickets for the Tallboyz Fundraiser are $25, $45 or $95

The Next Stage Theatre Festival

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