The Shakespeare Show Returns to The Edmonton Fringe!


The Shakespeare Show: Or, How an illiterate Son of a Glover Became the Greatest Playwright in the World
by Ryan Gladstone
starring Ryan Gladstone and Tara Travis
directed by Karen Hamm
original score by Drew Jurecka

Who wrote the plays of William Shakespeare? Shakespeare himself? The Earl of Oxford? A horse? Monster Theatre gets to the bottom of it at The Edmonton Fringe August 13-23, 2015.

MONSTER_SHAKESPEARE_PROMO1“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 Show is for you.” ★★★★★ -CBC Winnipeg

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.” ★★★★★-Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

Fringe circuit favourites 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…and teaming up to bring their 2008 hit, The Shakespeare Show, to the Edmonton Fringe. After years of co-producing Monster Theatre solo works, they are STOKED to get back on stage together.

Thursday, August 13 – 8:45
Friday, August 14 – 10:30
Sunday, August 16 – NOON
Monday, August 17 – 1:45
Tuesday, August 18 – 7:00
Thursday, August 20 – 1:45
Saturday, August 22 – NOON

Check out the YouTube Promo right now!

Oh! And get your tickets here!


The Seven Lives of Louis Riel returns to Edmonton and Vancouver Fringes!

“Historians will riot when they hear Gladstone’s interpretations of the tales of Louis Riel!” ★★★★ –Winnipeg Sun

“The idea is as brilliant as the execution is funny. Get your tickets early, because it will sell out!” ★★★★★–CBC

“Comedy at its best. The story of Louis Riel has never been more entertaining.” ★★★★1/2 –Victoria Times Colonist


In 2009,  Ryan Gladstone celebrated SOLD OUT runs in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Victoria, and Vancouver with The Seven Lives of Louis Riel.

Now, he returns to Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver with a brand new version of the show…which has been optioned for a film! You heard it here, folks, now go get your tickets and watch history make history.

The Seven Lives of Louis Riel
Written and Performed by Ryan Gladstone

Outlaw. Murderer. Prophet. Traitor. Hero. Madman. Legend. The Story of Louis Riel, Seven times… From Seven different people’s points of view…in Seven different genres! His incredible story is shown here like never before by creator/performer Ryan Gladstone – betrayal, insanity, stand- offs, murder, espionage, prophecy, and John A. MacDonald!

Summer of 2015, Don’t miss it! Click the links below to get your tickets.

Winnipeg Fringe July 15-26
Edmonton Fringe August 13-23
Vancouver Fringe September 10-20


Monsters on the Fringe!

No Tweed Too Tight_Ryan Gladstone2_web GERTRUDE_Tara Travis_webRyan Gladstone returns with the ever-hilarious No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery! Playing at Winnipeg Fringe, Edmonton Fringe and Vancouver Fringe.

Who Killed Gertrude Crump? written and directed by Ryan Gladstone and starring Tara Travis (and a cast of cheeky puppets) continues its tour in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.

Monster Associate Bruce Horak returns to Winnipeg and Edmonton with the life-changing THIS IS CANCER. Get your tickets now, friends!

Monster Tara is also playing in Best Picture with Monster Jon Paterson and New York’s Funnyman Kurt Fitzpatrick. Catch this wild ride in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver!

In Vancouver, be sure to check out Tara’s latest Sticky Fingers Production, The Unfortunate Ruth, winner of the PTC New Play Prize.

We are a busy people, and we love your support.

Happy Fringing, Canada!


Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

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 A one-woman, murder mystery puppet show!

World famous mystery author Gertrude Crump has been murdered…mysteriously!  Can you solve the case? All the clues are there…

From the multiple-award-winning artists of Monster Theatre (Til Death, No Tweed Too Tight, Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub) comes this whodunnit of epic proportions…told with puppets.

“…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 Coming to a city near you this Summer! Ottawa Fringe Festival June 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival July 2014 Winnipeg Fringe Festival July 2014 Calgary Fringe Festival August 2014 Edmonton Fringe Festival August 2014 And stay tuned for a Vancouver production…

Media! Click Here for EPK!


Ryan Gladstone wins CAFF Lottery!

We are proud to announce that Monster Theatre’s Ryan Gladstone has won entry into the following Fringe Festivals in 2014:

Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver!

A new creation written and directed by Ryan Gladstone and featuring Tara Travis will soon be upon you, Canada!

Stay tuned.



Win Tickets to Assassinating Thomson for Oct. 13th @ 2pm!

The time has come! Monster Theatre and the Firehall Arts Centre have teamed up to bring you Bruce Horak’s critically acclaimed Assassinating Thomson October 8-19, 2013.

And you have the chance to win a pair of tickets for Sunday, October 13 at 2pm!

Simply name three of the members of the Group of Seven and be entered to win!

We respect your privacy and will only use your contact information in the event of your success in the contest.

Click here to enter. Good luck!!

For more information about Assassinating Thomson, or to buy tickets for another day, click here!



Assassinating Thomson at the Firehall Arts Centre Oct 8-19

We’re thrilled to announce that Bruce Horak’s award-winning Assassinating Thomson is making its Vancouver premiere in partnership with the Firehall Arts Centre.

Friends of Monster get 25% off tickets in the first week with the code “MONSTER” at

Assassinating Thomson

October 8th – 19th

Monster Theatre production in association with the Firehall Arts Centre.

Written and performed by Bruce Horak. Directed by Ryan Gladstone

Tue – Fri: 8pm, Sat: 5pm & 9pm, Wed: 1pm (PWYC), Sun: 2pm
Tue Oct 8 Half price preview!

Having just completed a massively successful cross-Canada tour, Bruce Horak will be performing his award-winning work: Assassinating Thomson at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, presented by Vancouver’s Monster Theatre.
Assassinating Thomson presents the story of how Bruce Horak became a Visually-Impaired Visual Artist.  Horak masterfully tells this tale while simultaneously painting a portrait of the audience: LIVE!

Intertwined with this fascinating and heart-warming tale is the story of Tom Thomson, who died mysteriously in 1917 and inspired generations of Canadian artists.  His influence and spirit thread their way through this completely unconventional theatrical experience.

“A Canadian Masterpiece”
“Genius Level Storytelling”
“Comedic timing to set your Atomic Clock By”
“I’ve never seen through the eyes of a blind man, but I may never get closer”
“You’ll never look at a work of Canadian Art the same way again”


 Assassinating Thomson will be accompanied by an installation of Bruce’s artwork: “The Way I See It” –  a collection of Portraits and Landscapes which attempt to capture the vision of a legally blind artist.



Hockey Night WINS Pick of the Fringe!

Monster Fans! Hockey Fans! Comedy Fans!

This one’s for you.

After a sold-out run at The Vancouver Fringe Festival, Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub has been voted PICK OF THE FRINGE!

There are 2 more chances to see this “Gut-busting two man comedy!”  star star star star -Edmonton Journal

Friday, September 27 at 8:00pm
Saturday, September 28 at 2:00pm
at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s

Get your tickets NOW!

See you at the game…er…show!