Welcome to The Village Playhouse

The Bancroft Village Playhouse offers audiences intimate access to live music, theatre and film. Drawing on local talent as well as nationally recognized names and acts, the Playhouse is the heart of Bancroft’s Theatre District.

With monthly TIFF screenings and community events, there’s always something going on at the historic theatre that is operated by Hospice North Hastings in partnership with St. Paul’s United Church.

This partnership makes the Playhouse different than most theatres. All of our proceeds support the restoration and up-keep of our historic theatre but we also use Playhouse proceeds to provide what we call “Caring through Culture.” This means that proceeds from Playhouse shows, the bar, different lotteries, raffles and contests help to fund the free programs and services that are offered in our community by Hospice North Hastings.

We thank you for your support and for your on-going patronage.

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When you follow our “Buy Ticket” link you will land on BoxOfficeBancroft.com. Please register for a free account in order to purchase your tickets online. This requires an email address and the creation of a password. Billing will show up on your credit card statement as “All Occasion Event Rentals.”

EVENTS ~

 

Sep
27
Fri
Sean McCann @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm

 

Séan McCann bought his first guitar in 1989 which he affectionately calls “Old Brown”. Old Brown has been around. He was there for the first song Séan ever wrote. He was there as Séan founded Great Big Sea, the acclaimed and multi-million album selling band that would change his life. He was there to hold Séan up many a night as he struggled with alcoholism, and he has been there to help guide Séan out of the darkness with music as his medicine.

John Lennon once sang “You can live a lie until you die. One thing you can’t hide is when you’re crippled inside.” After exiting the internationally renowned Newfoundland folk group and publicly admitting a secret past where he used alcohol to mask the pain of sexual abuse by a priest ; Séan stopped lying to himself. With his boys and his wife Andrea as his motivation, Séan found the courage to face his truth and overcome his demons. Today he continues his journey as a singer, songwriter, husband, father, and now a sought after speaker and mental health advocate, always with Old Brown by his side.

Séan’s 2014 album “Help Your Self” was a battle cry; a line in the sand which announced that he was ready to start over again. It resonated with people in a way he never could have expected. The experience helped Séan understand that he wasn’t alone and that telling his story could help others as much as it helped him. His album, “You Know I Love You” (2015) was inspired by the love Séan found in sharing that story and his attempts to find connection in a world seduced by the false social media promise of real connectivity. The latest album, “There’s a Place”, is a collection of songs from a man who is determined to remain “face to face” when we are tempted to keep our eyes buried in our screens and the artificial light of this digital age. It is the story of a man freed from the weight of a lie; a man who is changing his narrative and never forgetting……that he is not alone.

 

Oct
8
Tue
TIFF Film – If Beale Street Could Talk @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Oct 8 @ 4:15 pm
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
Initial release: January 18, 2019 (United Kingdom)
TIFF Film – If Beale Street Could Talk @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
Initial release: January 18, 2019 (United Kingdom)
Oct
19
Sat
Northwest Passage David Newland @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
12
Tue
TIFF Film – The Upside @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Nov 12 @ 4:15 pm
The Upside
A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.
Release date: January 11, 2019 (Canada)
TIFF Film – The Upside @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm
The Upside
A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.
Release date: January 11, 2019 (Canada)
Nov
15
Fri
Gordie Tentrees @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm

“After over a decade of being road warriors, this freak folk duo
debuts on wax with a live album of tracks culled from various dates
that really rocked. An organic, back porch duo that owes a debt to the
leftists of the lefties, here’s where you turn if you lean more toward
Holy Modal Rounders than Kingston Trio. As organic and holistic as
folk gets, this is the wild sound of freedom and the freedom to fly”
Midwest Record, USA

“Gordie Tentrees is a cross between Corb Lund and Stompin’ Tom
Connors. Much like Corb Lund, Gordie has a writing style all his own,
and much like Stompin Tom, I can imagine him playing anywhere – honky tonks, beer joints, large theaters or stadiums – and commanding the stage and crowd with his honesty, humor, and storytelling. Talent is talent, and it’s clear when it comes to songwriting, Gordie Tentrees
has oodles to spare” – ROOTS MUSIC CANADA

Dec
10
Tue
TIFF Film – All is True @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 10 @ 4:15 pm
The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father.
Release date: June 7, 2019 (Canada)
TIFF Film – All is True @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm
The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father.
Release date: June 7, 2019 (Canada)