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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


Plays For Sale!

Most of Monster Theatre’s plays are available to Presenters to bring in our seasoned production to your theatre or community.  But, did you know, that many of our scripts are available for purchase so that you can do your own production!  Email Ryan Gladstone ( for inquiries.

Shows with available Scripts –

Mini Masterpieces (consists of numerous adaptations of classics – ages 5+)

The Canada Show: The Complete History of Canada in One Hour

The Big Rock Show: The Complete History of the World

The Shakespeare Show: Or, how an illiterate son of a Glover Became the Greatest Playwright in the World

Jesus Christ: The Lost Years

Napoleon’s Secret Diary

Freud vs. His Ego


Two New Monster Plays this summer!

For the first time, the Monsters will be creating two brand new plays for their summer tour across the Canadian Fringe circuit.

One is an international collaboration, and the other will be the 4th one-man play created by and starring Artistic Director Ryan Gladstone.  Stay tuned for more details about both.

But, that’s not enough!  In addition to two new plays, ‘Lavinia: A Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions’, Tara Travis’ (Artistic Producer) one-woman play for kids will be remounted at the Edmonton Fringe Festival.


Freud vs. His Ego available!

After an incredibly successful Canadian Fringe circuit tour, including sold-out runs in Winnipeg and Edmonton, and hold-overs in Vancouver – the show is now ready to go on the road!  As with all Monster Theatre plays, the script is available for purchase, and the production is ready to be presented!