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Local Theatre & Improv

Watch homegrown talent live on stage in intimate settings around the city. Laugh 'til you cry at weekly improv shows, or catch a dramatic play in one of Edmonton's historic theatres.

Rapid Fire Theatre

9828 101A Avenue | 1-780-443-6044

It’s all laughs all the time for Edmonton’s longest running improv comedy company, Rapid Fire Theatre. Having scored a drawer-full of international awards, they’ve been dishing out guffaws for more than three decades in the form of high-energy improvisation, collaborations, theatre for young audiences, full-length plays and comedy workshops. Rapid Fire performs two weekly shows at Zeidler Hall, Theatresports – a hilarious comic competition complete with judges – and CHiMPROV, long form improvisation. They’re also at the helm of a flurry of funny-bone fests including BONFIRE , The Wildfire Festival for gutsy high school students and Canada’s biggest improv comedy celebration, the annual international 10-day Improvaganza.

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Die-Nasty

10329 -83 Avenue | 1-780-433-3399

Deliciously duplicitous plots have been unleashed weekly for more than two decades at the Varscona Theatre in the form of live improvised soap operas. Juggle together a classic play or two, shuffle in some tunes and stir it all up with spur-of-the-moment dialogue and humour and you have Die-Nasty, an award-winning live soap opera that’s had Edmonton audiences rolling in the aisles since 1991. It also counts some of Canada’s best comedians and actors among its alumni. Each Monday night from October to May will immerse followers deeper into the cheating hearts and naughty desires of the post-Victorian era in a mash-up of Downton Abbey and the British master/servant period hit Up-stairs, Downstairs.

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Shadow Theatre

10329 - 83 Avenue | 1-780-434-5564

Hitting hearts and opening minds through compelling contemporary theatre is the Shadow Theatre Company’s mission. For almost two decades, Shadow Theatre has been offering modern classics, productions from around the world as well as exciting new Canadian works at the Varscona Theatre in the heart of the Old Strathcona district.

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Varscona Theatre

10329 - 83 Avenue | 1-780-433-3399

The bustling home to a cluster of wildly different performance companies, the Varscona is everything a neighbourhood theatre should be. And more. Diverse, versatile and bursting with creativity, the Varscona Theatre is an approachable little theatre space in Edmonton’s historic Old Strathcona district. The re-purposed former fire hall’s year-round playbill is stuffed with comedies and Euro-style cabaret, musicals, drama and epic improv performed by a consortium of small resident theatre companies like Oh Susanna!: The Shadow Theatre’s gigs are contemporary productions for adult audiences while The VIP Kids Show is all about children’s entertainment. Teatro la Quindicina’s Edmonton-based actors have spent more than three decades presenting original stage productions, and unique Die-Nasty is a long-running improvised soap opera.

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