2017/2018 BD&P Mystery Theatre Series

Nine Dragons   

~ World Premiere  ~    
September 16 - October 15, 2017

By Jovanni Sy
Directed by Craig Hall
A World Premiere Production with Gateway Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

When an upper-class European girl is found murdered on the seedy side of Kowloon bay, ambitious Chinese police detective Tommy Lam is on the case.  But faced with corruption and the prejudice of his superiors, how far will Tommy go in the pursuit of justice?  Join us for the World Premiere of this new Canadian crime thriller developed by Vertigo Theatre, Gateway Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.


The 39 steps

November 11 - December 16, 2017

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Ron Jenkins

"The 39 Steps is one of the most gleefully ludicrous madcap comedies imaginable. FOUR STARS.” —Louis Hobson, The Calgary Sun

A beautiful spy is murdered and Richard Hannay must stay one step ahead of the killers, the police and a jealous husband in a quest to prove his innocence.  This 2-time Tony® Award-winning treat is loaded with nonstop laughs, a talented cast of 4 playing over 150 zany characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!
“39 Steps, The” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.



~ World Premiere  ~    
January 13 - February 11, 2018

A Spontaneous Theatre Creation
By Rebecca Northan and Bruce Horak
Directed by Rebecca Northan
A World Premiere production with Tarragon Theatre

"Anyone who has followed Northan’s ascendant career as an improv comic and playwright…knows she has a storyteller’s gift.—Stephen Hunt, The Calgary Herald

Bring your inner investigator to the theatre and get ready to go UNDERCOVER.  Rebecca Northan, creator of international sensation BLIND DATE, and her partners in improvisational crime are looking to recruit one intrepid audience member for an undercover ride into the criminal mind.  When everyone is a suspect, will our rookie detective be able to discern clues and see that justice is served?  Join the adventure as the audience gets embroiled in a mystery they will never forget.



March 10 - April 8, 2018

By Beverley Cooper
Directed by Kelli Fox

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 “…the story has more twists than a strand of spaghetti on a fork. The play combines thrilling dramatic tension with abundant humour.” The Waterloo Record

In a quiet little rural Canadian diner, Lucy yearns for the glitz, glamour and excitement of America’s roaring cities. Prohibition has just been lifted in Ontario, but across the border mob bosses battle for the illicit trade of alcohol. Lucy’s husband, Ron, and her daughter, Sylvia, seem content to live their quiet life, but an infamous gangster - and his stolen whiskey - is about to bring Lucy’s far-off dreams into sharp, dangerous focus at THE LONELY DINER.


~ Canadian Premiere  ~    
May 12 - June 10, 2018

By R. Hamilton Wright
Directed by Mark Bellamy

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"Haysam Kadri and Karl Sine as Holmes and Watson…proved their mettle and easy rapport with The Hound of the Baskervilles.Louis Hobson, The Calgary Herald

The year is 1887, the occasion is Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, and American performer Anne Moses (a.k.a. Annie Oakley) needs the help of the World’s Greatest Detective.  But the simple case of a missing brother quickly leads to extraordinary inventions, robbery, and murder.  Directed by former Vertigo Artistic Director Mark Bellamy, Haysam Kadri and Karl Sine return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this Canadian Premiere.


special presentation:

Vertigo Theatre and One Yellow Rabbit Presents
The Castleton Massive Production in Association with Crow's Theatre


January 23 - 27, 2018

Created by Torquil Campbell and Chris Abraham in collaboration with Julian Brown
As Part of the 32nd High Performance Rodeo

 “The source from which art springs is often quite malevolent, selfish and dark.” Torquil Campbell, Stars frontman and actor/playwright

Clark Rockefeller is a real life conman of the highest order, now serving a near-life sentence in a California State prison.  And iconic musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell wants to try him on for size.  What does it mean for an excellent fabulator to embody an excellent fabulator?  And in the end, does an intricate con differ that much from a successful work of art?  Entirely scripted or absolutely extemporaneous, TRUE CRIME is a mind-twisting encounter with an artist obsessed with how we all fake it, one way or another.