THE SHAKESPEARE SHOW is back in Vancouver Oct 18-27

Monster Theatre’s most revered production of all time

Returns to Vancouver for its 10 year Anniversary

Don’t miss it!!!

The Shakespeare Show

Or; How an illiterate Son of a Glover

Became the Greatest Playwright in the World

Plays at The Havana Theatre October 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27, 2018

All Show @ 8pm


“This play is so damn clever, even if you don’t know any Shakespeare you’ll still understand it.  If you have a love for language, physical comedy and intelligent wit, then The Shakespeare Showis for you.” ★★★★★-CBC Winnipeg

Who wrote the plays of William Shakespeare? Shakespeare himself? The Earl of Oxford?

A horse?Monster Theatre’s Ryan Gladstone (No Tweed Too Tight, Every Story Ever Told) and Tara Travis (Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Who Killed Gertrude Crump?) are back to get to the bottom of the debate as they bring their 2008 hit, The Shakespeare Show, back to Vancouver. After years of co-producing Monster Theatre solo works, they are STOKED to get back on stage together with the show that started their wildly successful partnership.

Brings the bawdy world of Shakespeare to life! The Shakespeare Show stands out in the festival for having something to say, and saying it with purpose and humour.” ★★★★★ -Winnipeg Free Press

Based on the greatest theatrical debate of all time, The Shakespeare Showinvestigates the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were penned by Edward de Vere, the 17thEarl of Oxford. Just like one of his tragic heroes, Oxford sets his own tragedy in motion by using young Will Shakespeare, the boy who holds the horses outside the theatre, as a ‘front’ for his playwriting ventures. The result? Another “relentlessly clever, action-packed and intellectually satisfying”(Edmonton Journal) Monster Theatreadventure, complete with puppets, songs, swordfights and satire. Along the way we meet the Ghost of Christopher Marlowe, the Three Witches from Mac…ahem…The Scottish Play, Anne Hathaway, victims of the Bubonic Plague and Queen Elizabeth herself!  In the end, Oxford is killed and charges Shakespeare to tell his story – hence, this… “The only play e’er writ by Will Shakespeare”.

“…without doubt the cleverest, most well researched and cunningly put together piece of witty Shakespeariana I’ve ever seen – just smokes past Wm. Shakespeare abridged!”–Neil Freeman, Applause First Folio Editions

Written by Monster Theatre’s Artistic Director Ryan Gladstone, The Shakespeare Show is largely in iambic pentameter and almost completely in rhyming couplets.  Directed by Karen Hamm, this fast-paced physical comedy features Tara Travis and Ryan Gladstone playing over 40 roles between the two of them!  First produced and workshopped on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit in 2008, The Shakespeare Show won Pick of the Fringe in Vancouver and has gone on to play numerous regional theatres across North America. A beautiful score is supplied by violin virtuoso Drew Jurecka (Jeff Healey Band, Sarah Slean, Vinyl Café), and Fight Choreography is supplied by Kevin Kruchkywich (Theatre Calgary, Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel).


Monster Theatre Nominated for SEVEN Jessie Richardson Awards!

Who Killed Gertrude Crump? was nominated for four awards in the Small Theatre Category including:

Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Tara Travis),
Outstanding Direction (Ryan Gladstone), Outstanding Production and Significant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre: Outstanding puppetry design, creation, execution and performance (Tara Travis and Dusty Hagerud).

The Canada Show: The Complete History of Canada was nominated for three awards in the TYA Category including:

Outstanding Production, Outstanding Performance (Alex Gullason, Carly Pokoradi and Frankie Cottrell) and Significant Artistic Achievement for the Song Writing (Bruce Horak, Ryan Gladstone, Jeff Gladstone, Wes Borg).

Congrats Monsters!!!


The Canada Show available for booking Fall 2018

Monster Theatre’s biggest hit The Canada Show is planning a fall tour in Western Canada! For bookings contact


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


Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub is back!

HOCKEYNIGHT_TITLE_BADGEFour years after one of the most theatrical, hilarious, gong-show opening nights in Fringe history, the boys are back at the Puck & Pickle pub. This time the Canadians are facing off against the Americans in the Olympic gold medal game.

Winnipeg International Fringe Festival

Venue 14- Kings Head PubHOCKEY_Ryan Gladstone_Jon Paterson2

120 King St

Wed, July 19 @ 6:30pm
Thu, July 20 @ 8:45pm
Fri, July 21 @ 6pm
Sat, July 22 @ 8:15pm
Sun, July 23 @ 6:30pm
Mon, July 24 @ 8:45pm
Tues, July 25 @ 6:30pm
Wed, July 26 @ 8:45pm
Thurs, July 27 @ 6:30pm
Fri, July 28 @ 8:15pm
Sat, July 29 @ 6pm

Edmonton International Fringe Festival

Venue 37 – La Cite Francophone – Suzanne Thibodeau Auditorium – 8627 91 St

HOCKEY_Ryan Gladstone_Jon Paterson3Fri, Aug 18 @ 5:15pm
Sat, Aug 19 @ 10:30pm
Sun, Aug 20 @ 7pm
Mon, Aug 21 @ 8:45pm
Tues, Aug 22 @ 12pm noon
Wed, Aug 23 @ 1:45pm
Thurs, Aug 24 @ 8:45pm
Fri, Aug 25 @ 11:59pm midnight
Sun, Aug 27 @ 3:30pm

The Canada Show Tours This Summer!

The Canada Show (The Complete History of Canada in One Hour)

2017 Tour Schedule


Monday, May 29 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Children’s Festival – 10:30amCANADA_SHOW_11x17POSTER_2017

Tuesday, May 30 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Children’s Festival – 12:30pm

Wednesday, May 31 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Children’s Festival – 10:30am

Wednesday, May 31 – Vancouver, BC – TheatreWire – 8:00pm

Thursday, June 1 – Vancouver, BC – TheatreWire – 8:00pm

Friday, June 2 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Children’s Festival – 12:30pm

Friday, June 2 – Vancouver, BC – TheatreWire – 8:00pm

Saturday, June 3 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Children’s Festival – 10:30am

Tuesday, June 6 – Saskatoon, BC – Saskatoon K=Kids Festival – 9:45am

Tuesday, June 6 – Saskatoon, BC – Saskatoon K=Kids Festival – 12:30pm

Thursday, June 29 – Coquitlam, BC – Evergreen Cultural Centre – 7:30pm

July 19-30 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Fringe Festival

August 4-12 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Fringe Festival

August 17-27 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Fringe Festival

Saturday, October 21 – Chilliwack, BC – Chilliwack Arts Centre – 7:30pm

Sunday, October 22 – Surrey, BC, Surrey Arts Centre – 2:00pm