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This Week in Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty, Legally Blonde, New Ideas Festival, Dying Hard, The Campbell House Story

This week in theatre rounds up the most noteworthy live theatre playing right now in Toronto. It includes just-opened shows as well as productions that are about to close.

The Sleeping Beauty / National Ballet - Four Seasons Centre / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $25-$100+
The National Ballet has anchored its seasons of late with classic stories set to dance - Alice in Wonderland and Romeo and Juliet (both making a return next year). Rudolf Nureyev's adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, originally produced in 1972, follows in the same tradition. Tchaikovsky's music is set to the story of the sleeping princess, the enchantment that keeps her slumbering, and the prince that will awaken her.

Legally Blonde: The Musical / Lower Ossington Theatre / 8:00pm/4:00pm / $45-$60
It's not as classic or romantic a story as Sleeping Beauty, but Legally Blonde: The Musical was a Broadway hit when it premiered in 2007. If you haven't seen the movie or read the novel (yes, before Reese Witherspoon there was a novel), the story follows Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law to win back her boyfriend. The Lower Ossington is offering "VIPink seating" for up to eight on select performances.

New Ideas Festival
/ Alumnae Theatre / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $15-$35

The first segment of the New Ideas Festival kicks off at the Alumnae Theatre this week with five productions onstage from Wednesday to Sunday: The Man with a Butterfly Hat by Donna Langevin, Our Eliza by Megan Coles, Let My Mind Run Dry by Cassidy Sadler, Lover's Flight by Joel Fishbane, and Eating Pomegranates Naked by Andrea Scott. Fishbane won the 2010 Toronto Fringe New Play Contest and Coles has a number of solid credits under her belt.

Dying Hard / Tarragon Theatre Extra Space / 8:00pm/2:30pm / $20-25
A profile of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, the site of fluorspar mines that caused all kinds of cancer, arthritis, and lung disease in the 1970s, Dying Hard features stories of those from the mines. The interviews were originally collected by Elliot Leyton, a visiting professor from Memorial University, and have since been adapted for the stage by Mikaela Dyke. With recent talks that the mines may one day open again, it's important for these stories to be told.

The Campbell House Story / Campbell House Museum / 7:00pm/9:00pm / $20
It's rare for a play to take place in the Museum for which it's named. In what promises to be an exciting project from Single Thread Theatre Company, a walking-tour of the Campbell House Museum unearths an 1827 conflict that threatens to topple the government of Upper Canada. Featured characters include Chief Justice William Campbell, William Lyon Mackenzie and, of course, the house which was the setting for these landmark Toronto moments. Audiences should be prepared to move around indoors, as The Campbell House Story is an interactive show.

Photo from The Sleeping Beauty by Bruce Zinger

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