Who Killed Gertrude Crump? at the Vancouver International Puppet Festival

Agatha Christie Returns from the Dead to perform a Puppet Show.

Feb 13-18 @ Performance Works

Tickets here!

It’s New Year’s Eve 1899. One by one, an enigmatic cast of characters arrive by boat to the haunting and isolated Monkswell Manor. That night, famous murder mystery author Gertrude Crump is murdered… mysteriously! No one can leave until the truth is uncovered.

As the characters investigate, accuse, suspect, confess, plot, flash-back and engage in general hubbub, the audience is charged with the task of answering one simple question: Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

“…the most impressive acting feat in the festival!” ★★★★★-Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

“A standing ovation followed Travis’ tour-de-force performance.”- ★★★★★ London Free Press


SHAKESPEARE’S DREAM headed back on the road

A (mostly) brand new cast will be touring our TYA production of Shakespeare’s Dream to schools and theatre’s across BC from January 22nd to May 3rd. Sydney Hayduk will be returning in her roles as Hermia, Lysander and Titania. Carly Pokoradi will be playing Helena, Demetrius and Oberon. While Mack Gordon will be playing Shakespeare, Puck, Egeus and of course, Helena’s ex-boyfriend Tony.

For performance dates and times check out our new Show Calendar


THE CANADA heads out on the Fringe!

CANADA_SHOW_MOUNTAIN_PIC_RGB_WEBThe Canada Show first Fringed in 2001 in Winnipeg, and it’s heading back! Get your tickets early, this all-ages crowd pleaser is sure to sell out!

Winnipeg International Fringe Festival

Venue 1 – John Hirsch MainstageCANADA_SHOW_TITLE_TRANSPARENCY copy

174 Market Ave. | Enter from back alley

Wed July 19 10:15pm
Fri July 21 3:45pm
Sat July 22 9:00pm
Tue July 25 5:45pm
Wed July 26 5:00pm
Thu July 27 1:45pm
Fri July 28 7:30pm
Sat July 29 3:30pm


Rundle Memorial United

Fri, Aug 4 @ 11:30am

20170602_0089Calgary Fringe Festival

INKubator Theatre – Eau Claire Market

200 Barclay Parade SW #202

Sat, Aug 5 @ 6:30pm
Sun, Aug 6 @ 1:30pm
Mon, Aug 7 @ 6:30pm
Tues, Aug 8 @ 6:30pm
Thurs, Aug 10 @ 8:30pm
Sat, Aug 12 @ 3:30pm

Edmonton International Fringe Festival

Venue 2 – Backstage TheatreCANADA_SHOW_GUITAR_PIC_RGB_WEB

10330 84th Ave

Fri, Aug 18 @ 7:45pm
Sun, Aug 20 @ 12pm Noon
Mon, Aug 21 @ 3:30pm
Tues, Aug 22 @ 5:45pm
Wed, Aug 23 @ 2pm
Fri, Aug 25 @ 5:15pm

War and Peace at the Edmonton Fringe!

       War and Peace at the Edmonton Fringe Festival!

             Skip the Book, See the Play!

Monster Theatre presents the world premiere of War and Peace, a one-man adaptation by 16 year Fringe veteran Ryan Gladstone. Join Ryan as he takes the audience on a journey through the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace, and the 632 characters it contains, as well as the life of Tolstoy himself.

War and Peace is the most written about novel of all time, and yet, its full meaning escapes us… until now! Over the course of re-enacting the story, Ryan tries to pinpoint the true meaning of the book. Bouncing between concepts like Tolstoy’s theories on the nature of history (“A king is history’s slave.”), success (“All success is a mirage.”), self-improvement (“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”), wisdom (“The only thing that we know is that we know nothing.”) and the power of love (“everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.”). In the end we realise that War and Peace’s true beauty lies in its 10 000 simple moments. Pierre sharing a potato. Andrei noticing the sky for the first time. Natasha climbing in bed with her mother to talk about a boy. Princess Marya holding her weeping father like a child.WAR_AND_PEACE_PROMO_PIC4

In the irreverent, hilarious and immaculately researched Monster Theatre style, Gladstone sucks the audience in via the promise of the ridiculous and herculean task of portraying the entirety of the 1444 page tome using nothing more than a single actor, some funny voices and handful of sound effects. Over the course of the play however he slowly unravels the deeper meanings, the profound epiphanies, the relevancies to today and finding all the parallels to the tragic and triumphant echos in Tolstoy’s own life. Monster Theatre’s version of War and Peace straddles the line between comedy and tragedy, farce and sermon, low brow stand-up and history lesson. 

Ryan Gladstone soars as a solo performer. His comfort level with the material and the spotlight allows moments of spontaneity, giving each show a lot of life.”-Laura Glowacki, CBC Manitoba 

Ryan lives and works in Vancouver and holds an MFA in Directing from UBC.  This is his sixth solo play, in addition to No Tweed Too Tight, Every Story Ever Told, The Seven Lives of Louis Riel, Napoleon’s Secret Diary (also inspired by War and Peace) and Confessions of a Class Clown (Monster Theatre). Recent Directing credits: Hunter Gatherers (Staircase Theatre), Ubu Roi (UBC) and Hell of a Girl (rEvolver Festival). Recent Writing/Directing credits include Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Who Killed Gertrude Crump?, Assassinating Thomson, Houdini’s Last Escape (Monster Theatre).

Writer/performer Ryan Gladstone is super-skilled.”- Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

Monster Theatre was founded by Ryan Gladstone in 2000 and has since created over 30 original productions, touring our award-winning works locally, regionally and nationally. The company started on the Canadian Fringe circuit, and quickly became known as one of Canada’s top Fringe companies. The focus eventually shifted towards creation & development, using the Fringe circuit to prepare the shows for main-stage productions at theatre companies & larger festivals across Canada, including Project X (Kelowna), Manitoba Theatre for Young People (Winnipeg) and Theatre SKAM (Victoria).

Edmonton Fringe Festival, August 11-21, 2016 | Dates & Times: Friday, August 12 3:30 PM, Saturday, August 13 5:15pm, Sunday, August 14 12:00pm, Monday, August 15 3:30pm, Tuesday, August 16 7:00pm, Thursday, August 18 10:30pm, Friday, August 19 8:45pm, Saturday, August 20 5:15pm, Sunday, August 21 5:45pm| Box Office: https://tickets.fringetheatre.ca/index.php