Header: photos of Dawn Petten and Amanda Sum by Tim Matheson


East Van Panto:
Alice in Wonderland

East Van Panto takes a trip
through the looking glass!

When a terribly bored Alice follows a White Rabbit onto the Skytrain, she falls down a hole only to find herself in a Grandview-Woodlands Wonderland! While tracking this elusive bunny, she encounters transit police officers Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb, a busking Cheshire Cat, gets some questionable advice from a cannabis connoisseur caterpillar, and has a heck of a time at a Commercial Drive leftist tea party.

Once Alice discovers that the dastardly online mega-store owner, The Queen of Hearts, is using cookies (chocolate chip, that is!) to secretly steal East Van-ers data, she decides to stop her before all the local shops are priced out of existence!

The East Van Panto has never been so upside down. Hope we all come out of this trip in one piece!

Digital Presentation Sponsor:

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Panto Champions:


Oonagh & Mark Pontin


Regular Tickets:
Section A: $89.00
Section B: $69.00
Child (16 & under): $69 (available for section A + B)
Section C: $49.00
Section D: $29.00

Filming Showtimes:
For a select number of performances, be part of our studio audience for the filming of Panto Online! 
All Sections: $35

Panto Preview Shows:
Enjoy the best prices on NOV 24 & NOV 25!
Section A: $49
Section B: $39
Section C: $29
Section D: $19

Solo Party Ticket: $35.00
Bubble Party Ticket: $70.00
Household Party Ticket: $115.00 – save 20%!
Panto Virtual Party Package (10 tickets): $280 – Save 20% on 10 tickets!

NOV 24 – 28: 7:00pm
NOV 27, 28: 2:00pm
DEC 1 – 4, 9 – 12, 15 – 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30: 7:00pm
DEC 4, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21-23, 26, 28-31: 2:00pm
JAN 1: 2:00pm
JAN 2: 2:00pm

Be Part of the Making of Panto Online
Be our studio audience! For a select number of performances, you’ll get the same Panto fun plus be a part of the filming magic! All Filming Showtimes just $35.
Filming Showtimes:
DEC 5: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
DEC 8: 7:00pm

*all showtimes in PST

DEC 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30:  7:00pm
DEC 19, 21-23, 26, 29-31: 2:00pm
DEC 28: 12:00pm
JAN 1: 2:00pm
JAN 2: 2:00pm

*all showtimes in PST

East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland is recommended for ages 5 and up.

This show is available in person at the York or streamed from home. 

Written by: Sonja Bennett
Directed by: Meg Roe
Associate Director: Arthi Chandra
Music by: Veda Hille 
Musical Director: Ben Elliott

Dawn Petten
Amanda Sum
Mark Chavez
Ghazal Azarbad
Raugi Yu

Ben Elliott
Barry Mirochnick

Choreography: Amanda Testini
Set and Properties Design: John Webber
Visual Concept: Cindy Mochizuki
Lighting Design: Sophie Tang
Costume Design: Barbara Clayden
Sound Design: Brad Danyluk

Angus Yam
Katherine Matlashewski
Samantha Levy

Our Cultch Connects program provides free tickets for families, community groups, artists, and others who might not be able to otherwise experience our shows. If you would like to learn more about how to access Cultch Connects tickets, please reach out to outreach@thecultch.com.


WHEN: DEC 24 (12:00AM)–DEC 25 (11:59PM)

A special holiday treat! Watch Panto Online anytime between DEC 24 and midnight DEC 25. Or share the wonder of Panto with friends and family all around the world!

Rave Reviews for East Van Panto:
Alice in Wonderland!

“Theatre Replacement’s Panto is back in fine, hilariously topical form—still finding fresh forms of fun, nine years into its existence.”

— Janet Smith, Stir

“go see East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland. Like the Grinch’s heart, yours will grow three sizes larger — and, with it, your capacity for joy.”

Colin Thomas

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

Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail