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Young Centre for the Performing Arts

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Address: 50 Tank House Lane | Distillery Historic District, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 416-866-8666
13:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Sun 13:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts was envisioned by George Brown...

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts was envisioned by George Brown College and Soulpepper Theatre Company to be a home to Toronto's arts community and a destination for all theatre lovers. Anchored by the presence of Soulpepper's year-round repertory season and George Brown College's Theatre School, the Young Centre provides a home for both the leading artists of today, as well as the arts leaders of tomorrow. When you step through the doors of the Young Centre you can feel a difference. The space is alive with discussion and debate. There is a kinetic energy fueled by the passion of performers, students, and audiences. There is a musical hum to designers, choreographers, directors and musicians collaborating. There is a rhythm set by the theatre, dance, music and poetry that fills each of the spaces. This is the environment in which we get to work, play, create and share. And you belong here.

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Intimate Theatre Up Close and Personal

There are few bad seats in the place and most put you within spitting distance of the stage .... but remember that the actors can spit back. You can't help but feel part of the... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Oshawa, Ontario
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Oshawa, Ontario
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

There are few bad seats in the place and most put you within spitting distance of the stage .... but remember that the actors can spit back. You can't help but feel part of the action here and they go out of their way to create entertainment events that bring you among the best stage performances that Toronto has to... More 

Thank MelOshawa
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

The production of The Last Wife at Soulpepper Theatre is first rate. Written by Kate Hennings, it is the story of Katherine Parr, last wife of Henry V111,a feminist, who acts as regent in Henry's absence and oversees the education of his children. Done in modern dress, it is very effective in portraying the character of these historical figures. Soulpepper... More 

Thank Ian T
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Being in the Distillery District, a visit to the Young Centre can be an excursion of art galleries and excellent food. Then a play! Also the Centre has a wonderful Cafe with good food and libation.

Thank EPMcK
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

We went to see The 39 Steps and laughed hilariously throughout the entire performance! The actors were magnificent especially Anand Rajaram and Andrew Shaver who had in stitches. I honestly can't say enough about how good this performance was, it's a MUST see, Soulpepper should really bring it back! Thank you, so much, for such an excellent piece of entertainment.

Thank TorontoWithers
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

We went to see A Doll's House performed by the Culpepper Group and it was fabulous. The facility has three small theaters, and the sight lines and acoustics were great. The seating became somewhat uncomfortable after about an hour, but not horrible. There is a bar in the lobby, and everyone we talked to was very friendly.

Thank flybynighttraveler
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Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

In 20 years of regular theatre-going in Toronto, Soulpepper has been our only consistently excellent experience. There's a great variety; from classics to translations, adaptations and restated fringe plays. Every production has been outstanding and manages to connect with the audience in an authentic, intelligent, and often challenging way. These are plays we talk about for weeks afterwards - neither... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

We went to see Twelve Angry Men at Soulpepper in the Young Centre. I thought it was a great play the first time I saw it, many years ago - but this is a better and stronger performance altogether. Drama can be everywhere, of course, but sometimes the best of stories focus on a singular place and time, like a... More 

Thank John V
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

I am a relatively new attendee of this theatre. Parking is a pain and expensive, more so than downtown which has $6 parking in most underground lots after 5 or 6PM. The theatre is small and comfortable, which for me is a biggy. There is room for your legs, no matter how tall you are, and a bar on the... More 

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Reviewed 15 December 2015

Theatre seats, at least for the production I saw, were islands of isolation, separate from everyone else, we were unable to sit with our family, even though the tickets were bought as a family outing. Men's washroom is blocked by a huge pillar.

Thank Dave H
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

Having enjoyed this show very much the last time we saw it, we went back, this time with our sons and with several friends. It really is a spirited production, well-directed, well-acted, and with infectious music. Soulpepper Theatre is doing great work.

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