Historic Theatre

Historic Theatre
1895 Venables Street Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6 [Map Link]

The heart of The Cultch, our original 200-seat theatre has been home to hundreds of local and international dance, music, and theatre performances over the past four decades. Our 2008 renovations transformed the beloved space into a state-of-the-art theatre while still retaining the memories of performances past.

Please note, the Historic Theatre balcony is only accessible via the staircase.

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Historic Theatre Shows

Horn-powered rock quintet Small Town Artillery releases their full-length, self-titled LP in The Historic Theatre. An evening designed to take the listener on an immersive, explosive, emotional and inevitable ride through the jungles of the heart. Support from CBC Searchlight winners The Long War and Blues-rock swaggerers Years of the Wolf. MORE

Join us in an evening to celebrate the release of their timely and unique album, “Grizzly Bear Town” as well as a launch the associated book “Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii. MORE

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Chamber-pop hallucination The End Tree release their full-length album Everything I Can't. MORE

Sep 24, 2017

The End Tree “Everything I Can’t” Album Release

Local Gems + Music

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A Cultch Presentation

Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, this is the story of Mas Yamamoto, whose life was swept up by the currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a village on the Fraser, to being imprisoned at a World War II Japanese Canadian internment camp, to guarding the Canadian Arctic against Soviets during the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the colours of our times. MORE

Oct 3 – 15, 2017

1 Hour Photo

Drama + Theatre

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TomoeArts presents Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited, the world premiere of a new chamber opera that blends Japanese noh theatre and western classical music. MORE

Oct. 26-28, 2017

Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited

Community + Dance + International + Opera

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Showcasing artists from all three territories, From the North’s gala performance weaves together stories, music and dance from exciting northern talent. MORE

November 10-11

From the North: A Travelling Show from Yukon, NWT and Nunavut

Music + Storytelling

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A Cultch Presentation

Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s <em>Titus Andronicus</em> that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, <em>Titus Bouffonius</em> offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls. MORE

Nov 22 – Dec 3, 2017

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius

World Premieres

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A Cultch Presentation

In Ronnie Burkett’s <em>Little Dickens</em>, the cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the beloved holiday classic, <em>A Christmas Carol,</em> in the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge, encountering all your Daisy favourites (as Dickens’ familiar characters!) on her journey to redemption. MORE

Dec 5 – 22, 2017

Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre

Uniquely Cultch

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A Cultch Presentation

A raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness. Three individuals seek a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world, subverting the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed. MORE

Jan 16 – 20, 2018

Black Boys

Hot Topics

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A Cultch Presentation

Doireann is here and she wants to check if a few things are working. She’s going to be doing a couple of songs, a couple of poems, and maybe a few stories. She’s going to be doing a duet with her brother. He’s not here. She’s here. You’re here. Thanks very much for being here. MORE

Jan 24 – 28, 2018

I’m Not Here

International

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A Cultch Presentation

Join Jason, a wannabe DJ on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin. Somewhere between the DJs, decks, and drug busts, he stumbles across his brother Daniel, an educated, homeless addict, living on the streets. The brothers haven’t seen or spoken to each other in three years but over a lost weekend they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips, their history and city. But how long can this buzz last? MORE

Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2018

Dublin Oldschool

International

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A Cultch Presentation

Celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre leads a Latin American dance lesson that flows into Carmen’s remarkable stories of intimacy, politics, culture, and the forgotten origins of the salsa. Explore the hidden dance halls in Canada while DJ Don Pedro creates an irresistible musical scene that will get even the most reluctant dancer up on her feet! MORE

Feb 13 – 24, 2018

Broken Tailbone

Hot Topics

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A Cultch Presentation

In Nicolas Billon’s <em>Butcher</em>, an old man in a strange uniform is dropped off at a police station at 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve. He refuses to speak English, and has a meat hook dangling from his neck. Impaled on the hook is the business card of a local lawyer and the words “Arrest Me.” Haunted by events a world away, a victim confronts the perpetrator of a war crime in a struggle for truth. MORE

Mar 20 – 31, 2018

Butcher

Hot Topics

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A Cultch Presentation

Ontroerend Goed, creators of <em>Fight Night</em>, bring us a new piece about the end of humanity and what comes after: no more talk about the old days, about what’s possible. No more words. A world without us. MORE

Apr 17 – 29, 2018

World Without Us

International

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A Cultch Presentation

An autobiographical performance that takes us from the international modeling circuit to a spiritual canoe journey. Written and performed by Quelemia Sparrow, <em>O’wet/Lost Lagoon</em> grapples with the identity of a mixed-race aboriginal woman in a present-day, colonized world. MORE

May 8 – 12, 2018

O’wet/Lost Lagoon

Drama + Hot Topics

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