Photo of Steffanie Davis and Panto Kids by Emily Cooper

The Cultch Presents

East Van Panto: Beauty and the Beast

Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)

Written by Jivesh Parasram and Christine Quintana
Music by Veda Hille
Directed by Anita Rochon

NOV 22, 2023—JAN 07, 2024

Box Office Hours


Monday 12 -6pm
Tuesday through Saturday 12-4pm

Open 1 hour prior to every show

Vancouver’s most beloved holiday theatre tradition! 

Bright, business-minded Belle has always been different from other kids growing up on the Drive. Her nose is always stuck in a book—a general ledger book that is! 

Everything changes when she’s separated from her free-spirited dad Maurice and becomes imprisoned in an enchanted specialty grocery store by a strangely familiar Beast who seems very set in his ways. Time is running out and Belle and her new friends Miso Potts, little Tofu and their Bento Buds must do everything they can to flip the perspective of Belle’s captor and break the curse before the last cherry blossom falls!

Get ready for a hilarious adventure through the neighbourhoods of East Van! Featuring unforgettable characters, pop song parodies, stunning sets, silly costumes, and fantastic performances by some of Vancouver’s best actors, Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto is an enchanting experience for audiences of all ages!

The 11th East Van Panto welcomes new Panto Playwrights Jivesh Parasram and Christine Quintana and returning Panto Director Anita Rochon (Snow White & Little Red Riding Hood) with music by Panto Composer Extraordinaire Veda Hille. Join new and returning performers: Steffanie Davis, Munish Sharma, Jason Sakaki, Mark Chavez, Maiko Yamamoto, Veda Hille, Barry Mirochnick and Mishelle Cuttler. Choreographed by Amanda Testini, with design by Alaia Hamer (costumes), Sophie Tang (lights), Brad Danyluk (sound) and Lauchlin Johnston (set). Featuring scenic illustrations by Cindy Mochizuki.

The Draw

“It is the silliest, most wonderful of traditions. And for me, it has become essential.”

Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail

Show Credits

Produced by Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)

Written by Jivesh Parasram and Christine Quintana
Music by Veda Hille
Directed by Anita Rochon

Steffanie Davis
Munish Sharma
Jason Sakaki
Mark Chavez
Maiko Yamamoto
Veda Hille
Barry Mirochnick
Mishelle Cuttler

Set and Properties Designer Lauchlin Johnston
Scenic Illustrator Cindy Mochizuki
Costumes Designer Alaia Hamer
Lighting Designer Sophie Tang
Sound Designer Brad Danyluk

Choreographer Amanda Testini
Production Manager/Technical Director Dan O’Shea

The East Van Panto:

a beloved Vancouver holiday tradition for more than a decade!

Photos by Emily Cooper


“East Van Panto has earned its place as one of the best-loved holiday traditions in Vancouver.”

—Colin Thomas, Vancouver theatre critic

“A holiday tradition that joyously skewers convention.”

 — Kathleen Oliver, Georgia Straight

“…funny, imaginative and exhilarating…should be near the top of everyone’s list of this year’s holiday shows.”

— Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Sun

Ticket Prices

Section Pricing:
A+: $79
A: $74
B: $59
C: $49
D: $20

Panto Family Pack (2 adults + 2 children): 
A+ / A: $199
Available for showtimes NOV 22–DEC 3

Panto Child Price:
All Sections: $39
Available for showtimes NOV 22–DEC 3 and ages 16 and under

Pay-What-You-Choose Tickets:

We are thrilled to offer pay-what-you-choose pricing on select performances!  We encourage you to pay as you are able and help support the creation of these shows.

Be Part of the Making of Panto Online

Be our studio audience! On DEC 5 and DEC 6, you’ll get the same Panto fun plus be a part of the filming magic!
All tickets just $35. 

Baby-Friendly Performance

Calling all parents! We generally recommend the Panto for ages 5+ and everyone who loves to laugh, but on DEC 3 at 2 PM, we’re hosting a baby-friendly matinee! Bring your little ones, enjoy the show, and let your baby do their baby thing. We have a babes–in–arms policy requiring everyone in the building to have a ticket, so be sure to purchase a Child Ticket for your little one!


Wed, Nov 22, 7:00PM

Thurs, nov 23, 7:00pm

fri, nov 24, 7:00pm

sat, nov 25, 7:00pm

sun, nov 26, 2:00pm

wed, nov 29, 7:00pm

thurs, nov 30, 7:00pm

Fri, dec 1, 7:00pm

Sat, dec 2, 2:00pm

Sat, dec 2, 7:00pm

sun, dec 3, 2:00pm

sun, dec 3, 7:00pm

Tues, dec 5, 7:00pm

wed, dec 6, 7:00pm

thurs, dec 7, 7:00pm

fri, dec 8, 7:00pm

sat, dec 9, 2:00pm

sat, dec 9, 7:00pm

sun, dec 10, 2:00pm

sun, dec 10, 7:00pm

Tues, dec 12, 7:00pm

Wed, Dec 13, 7:00pm

thurs, dec 14, 7:00pm

Fri, dec 15, 7:00pm

sat, dec 16, 2:00pm

sat, dec 16, 7:00pm

sun, dec 17, 2:00pm

sun, dec 17, 7:00pm

tues, dec 19, 7:00pm

wed, dec 20, 7:00pm

Thurs, dec 21, 7:00pm

fri, dec 22, 7:00pm

sat, dec 23, 2:00pm

sat, dec 23, 7:00pm

sun, dec 24, 2:00pm

wed, dec 27, 2:00pm

wed, dec 27, 7:00pm

thurs, dec 28, 2:00pm

fri, dec 29, 2:00pm

fri, dec 29, 7:00pm

sat, dec 30, 2:00pm

sat, dec 30, 7:00pm

sun, dec 31, 2:00pm

tues, Jan 2, 2:00pm

wed, jan 3, 2:00pm

wed, jan 3, 7:00pm

thurs, jan 4, 2:00pm

fri, jan 5, 7:00pm

sat, Jan 6, 2:00pm

sat, jan 6, 7:00pm

sun, Jan 7, 2:00pm

Evening Shows: 7:00 PM
November 22, 23: Preview
November 24: Opening
November 25, 29–30
December 1-3, 5–10, 12–17, 19–23, 27, 29, 30
January 3, 5, 6

Matinees: 2:00 PM
November 26
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 27–31
January 2–4, 6, 7