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Here Be Monsters Festival is coming to Vancouver Oct 27-30!

Our sister company, Here Be Monsters, is producing their annual festival of Theatre, Art, Music and other oddities!  This year featuring Theatre Under the Gun, Opening Night Cabaret, and a special new segment inspired by Vancouver’s 125 anniversary where three of Vancouver’s hottest companies create original plays in 125 hours!!!

Check out all the info at


This is Cancer on tour this summer!

Monster Theatre Artistic Associate Bruce Horak (Freud vs. His Ego, The Canada Show and many more!) is touring his incredible one-man show ‘This is Cancer’ this summer.

Cancer, a deluded egotistical ass, goes on his own journey of denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance when he finds out that the whole world hates him.

“One of the weirdest, and most brilliant shows the fringe has ever seen!” -Edmonton Sun

After a sold-out run in 2010, ‘This is Cancer’ returns to Edmonton and comes to Vancouver.


Lavinia @ the Edmonton Fringe

LAVINIA: A Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions

A one-woman play about a girl who is too huge for ballet, too huge for her house, and whose imagination is simply too huge for her own good. She delves deep into her own imaginary world, goes on an incredible adventure, rescues The Golden Swan, and learns that everyone belongs! Ages 5+

Written and Performed by Tara Travis
Directed by Ryan Gladstone

“An imaginative fairy-tale adventure that keeps audiences of all sizes hooked along the way with her charmingly sheepish demeanor, exaggerated physical antics, eccentric puppet friends and unexpected guest stars. You’ll grow to love her in a big way!”

-Winnipeg Sun

Playing at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival August 11-21!

Fri, Aug 12 @ 4:45 pm

Sat, Aug 13 @ 2:45 pm

Mon, Aug 15 @ 12:45 pm

Tues, Aug 16 @ 11:00 am

Wed, Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm

Thur, Aug 18 @ 12:45 pm

Sun, Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm


Every Story Ever Told

Once there was a man who thought he could tell Every Story Ever Told.

In One Hour!

Can he?

Ryan Gladstone’s fourth one-man show is the most ambitious…well…ever!

The summer is over, and so is the tour.  Every Story Ever Told sold out it’s entire run in Vancouver, and had great reviews across the country.  Stay tuned to to see what the Monsters have in store for next year!

Every Story Ever Told

Created and Performed by Ryan Gladstone

Directed by Karen Hamm

Here’s what the press had to say:

“enthrallingly kinetic and consistently hilarious”  -BENT

“I want to have Ryan Gladstone’s babies!” -PLANK magazine

“Gladstone has the energy of a hyperactive youngster and the nerve of a stand-up comic, and it’s hard to tell whether he or the audience is having more fun.”  -The Ottawa Citizen

“Get your tickets early to what may be the funniest show at this year’s Ottawa Fringe Festival.”

“I loved it!”

“Gladstone is a fast-paced raconteur and improviser who carries out his elaborate concept with an exhilarating wit!” 4 Stars -Uptown
“Gladstone is a natural comedian – he’s frenetic, fun, and has a great rapport with his audience from beginning to end.  His semi-improvised show certainly delivers on laughs.” 4 Stars -CBC Winnipeg


Houdini’s Last Escape

Monster Theatre’s newest historical masterpiece toured across Canada this past summer to rave reviews and sell-outs runs!  Stay tuned to to see what the Monsters have in store for next year!  For booking info contact the monsters at

The year is 1926.  Houdini, the greatest magician of all time, is giving his final performance…only he doesn’t know that yet!

Houdini’s Last Escape features magic, spectacle, spirits, escapes, comedy and true love!

Houdini’s Last Escape

Written and Directed by Ryan Gladstone

Illusion Design and Construction by Christopher Bange

Featuring Tara Travis and Christopher Bange

Original Score by Drew Jurecka


“Monster Theatre pulls a rabbit out of a hat with this wildly theatrical show…it’s no illusion this one’s going to sell out.” -FOUR 1/2 STARS, UPTOWN MAGAZINE

“Gasp-inducing!” -FOUR STARS, CBC WINNIPEG

“No play deserves more to be called magical than Ryan Gladstone’s ingenious mystery comedy HOUDINI’S LAST ESCAPE. This is another must-see show at this year’s fringe.  It will dazzle and amuse you and all in the space of an hour.” -Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun

“Wow!  Houdini’s Last Escape is a super-polished, professional production.  And word has obviously gotten out because, last night, Fringe staff had to put out extra chairs to accommodate the crowds.” -FFWD

Houdini\’s Last Escape Promo


Monster Angie!

Monster Theatre was terribly fortunate that Angela Descalzi chose us as one of the companies that she wanted to work for as part of her Arts and Entertainment Management program at Capilano University.  Over the past few months she has worked her butt off for us as well as with the Vancouver International Fringe Festival and our cousin company Here Be Monsters Collective, and we hope she’ll be around for more!  Thanks Angie!

Angie was born in Quito, Ecuador, however, her family is of Italian descent. She landed in Canada at the age of 18, and studied at Vancouver Island University. She holds a Tourism Diploma and a Degree in Theatre and Media Studies and will soon graduate from the Arts and Entertainment Management program at Capilano University. She is also the co-founder, and blogger for the Escapade Theatre Project. Her interest in Monster Theatre started at the 2010 Vancouver Fringe Festival when she saw Freud vs his Ego, she liked it so much that she went to the Monster website that night, read about them and even played Freud 4000! Angie is extremely excited to be part of the Monster Crew and hopes to become a valuable addition to the team!


Mini Masterpieces on tour 2011/2012

Monster Theatre for Kids is heading back on the road in 2011/2012 touring the play Mini Masterpieces to Primary Schools and Communities across BC.  Every year the Monsters create three brand new adaptations of Classics of Literature to help get kids excited about reading.

This years stories are:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Arabian Nights


Canadian Wonder Tales by Cyrus MacMillan