East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz

Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)

Nov 28 – Jan 06, 2019 | York Theatre [map]

York Theatre

Child tickets just $24! *Ages 16 and under
Family Packs (2 adult, 2 child tickets) from just $146!


WARNING: this production contains haze.

Poor Dorothy! When a pipeline bursts, Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical Land of Oz, aka Nanaimo and Hastings. There, Dorothy is pursued by a Wicked Witch, meets a trio of new friends, and embarks on a magical journey to the World’s Greenest City in search of brains, heart, courage … and Yoga Pants!

Remember: there’s no place like Poco, there’s no place like Poco!

East Van Panto returns for a sixth year, welcoming celebrated playwright Marcus Youssef to the creative team. Director Stephen Drover (East Van Panto: Hansel & Gretel) returns, along with Panto favourites Veda Hille, Dawn Petten, and Raugi Yu. Featuring Craig Erickson, Kayvon Khoshkam, and Elbow Room Café: The Musical’s Christine Quintana!

*Recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, The Cultch recommends East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz for ages 5 and up. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

The jokes—about gluten, real estate, yoga pants, transit, the CBC, kombucha, and the smell from the chicken factory—flow like craft beer along the Adanac bike path in summer.” – Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

I want to live there. East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz is my new happy place. I’m going to see if I can just rent out one of the seats in the York Theatre for the duration of the run…This edition is one of the best.” – Colin Thomas

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz is a Wicked good time” – JayMinter.com

Every year [East Van Panto] gets bigger and funnier, and the Wizard of Oz is no exception.” – Katie Gartlan-Close, Vancouver Presents

Oh, what fun, glorious fun! It’s the sixth year Theatre Replacement has done a politically and theatrically goofy, family-oriented panto and given audiences a chance to tap into their inner child. That inner child is free to boo and cheer, to holler “Oh, no you don’t” or “Look behind you” along with the kids.  It’s a free-for-all and we love it.” – Jo Ledingham

In six short years, Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto has become a Vancouver tradition, to the point where it’s hard to imagine the holidays without it.” – Adam Abrams, Vancouver Musicals

Witty and cleaver…An astounding success!” – Maira Hassan, The Vancouver Arts Review


Nov 28 – 29, 7PM: Preview
Nov 30, 7PM: Opening
Dec 01, 04 – 09, 11 – 16, 18 – 23, 26, 28 – 29, 7PM
Jan 02, 04 – 05, 7PM
Dec 01 – 02, 08 – 09, 15 – 16, 22 – 23, 26 – 30, 2PM
Jan 02 – 06, 2PM

Running Time: 2 hours including intermission

Relaxed Performance: Dec 02, 2PM

Relaxed performances are designed to welcome audience members who would benefit from a less restrictive audience environment including (but not limited to) individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory processing and communication disorders, and learning disabilities. This is also a great choice for families with young children who may need the option to move around. Light and noise levels may be slightly adjusted, audiences can make noise and move and enter and exit the theatre throughout the show.

ASL Interpreted Performance: Dec 09, 2PM

Live Audio Description by Vocal Eye: Dec 22, 2PM

Please visit our accessibility page or contact our box office for more information regarding our accessible programming

Post-show Artist Talkback: Dec 02, 27, 30, Jan 03