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No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery

In his 13th year on the Fringe circuit, Ryan Gladstone pushes the envelope with his most outrageous character yet in No Tweed Too Tight.

“Ryan Gladstone brings the house down as Grant Canyon, hard-drinking,
ultra-hip investigator with his own theme song.”
starstarstarstarhalf-star-Winnipeg Free Press

“Ryan Gladstone’s Grant Canyon simultaneously channels Captain Kirk and Elvis as he swaggers, swoons and power drinks his way from Des Moines to Tallahassee to outer space.”
starstarstarstar -CBC Manitoba

Coming to a Fringe Festival near you! For more information, visit No Tweed Too Tight‘s show page.


Now Available for Booking

Monster Theatre always has a wealth of productions at the ready, often touring several productions at once to meet all the needs, hopes, and desires of your audiences. (Or at least make them laugh. A lot.)

In addition to our brand new holiday spectacular, A Christmas Carol, here are our top touring shows, currently on the road, ready to dazzle your community or school!

Watch the short videos or click the title of each production for more information.

The Shakespeare Show, or; How an illiterate Son of a Glover Became the Greatest Playwright in the World

General Audience

Full 70 min version for your Theatre, Secondary School version available

For booking inquiries, contact Kevin Bruce Artist Management.

Mini Masterpieces

Monster Theatre For Kids- ages 5+

45 or 60 minute version for your Theatre or Elementary School

For booking inquiries, contact Kevin Bruce Artist Management.

Lavinia: A Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions

Monster Theatre for Kids- ages 5+

A 60 minute production for Family Audiences

For booking inquiries, contact Tara Travis, Artistic Producer.

Available in 2013/14

Houdini’s Last Escape

General Audience

70 minute production

For booking inquiries, contact Tara Travis, Artistic Producer.


New Show! A Christmas Carol, Monster-Style

Ryan Gladstone writes and directs this hilarious adaptation!

 A Monster Theatre for Kids Production

Starring Bruce Horak and Tara Travis
Written and Directed by Ryan Gladstone

The world’s most feared and grumpy theatrical impresario has created an extravaganza of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol featuring a cast of nearly one hundred actors, singers, dancers, musicians, jugglers, and fire eaters.

It’s opening night, but due to the impossible demands being made on them, all the actors have quit just prior to the first performance…all except one, that is! Not wanting to refund the tickets for a sold-out opening night, the curmudgeonly producer declares that the show must go on. The lone remaining cast member, not wanting to disappoint the throngs of children with their mums and dads who have filled the theatre, agrees to help out.

Together, they take to the stage and perform the entire play themselves!

Over 50 characters, puppets, songs, dance numbers, flying ghosts, and a heartwarming finale all performed by just two actors.

A Christmas Carol is booking up fast in Nov/Dec 2012!

For booking information, contact Kevin Bruce Artist Management.


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