Citadel Theatre

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Coordinates: 53°32′33″N 113°29′18″W / 53.54250°N 113.48833°W / 53.54250; -113.48833

Citadel Theatre
Citadel Theatre Edmonton.jpg
Exterior view of venue (c.2012)
Location 9828 101A Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T5J 3C6
Capacity 20 (Lee Pavilion)
90 (Tucker Amphitheatre)
215 (Zeidler Hall)
250 (The Club at Citadel)
651 (Shoctor Theatre)
705 (Maclab Theatre)
Opened November 10, 1965
Architect Barton Myers
Venue Website

The Citadel Theatre is the major venue for theatre arts in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, located in the Downtown Core on Churchill Square. It is the third-largest regional theatre in Canada.


It began in a former Salvation Army Citadel bought by Joseph H. Shoctor, James L. Martin, Ralph B. MacMillan, and Sandy Mactaggart. The theatre's first production to be performed was Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The theatre was founded on October 12, 1965 with its first opening night on November 10, 1965.[1] In its current location The Citadel has the distinction of being the only venue where the Jule Styne musical Pieces of Eight has been produced.

The organization moved to its current building just off Churchill Square in 1976. Architect Barton Myers designed the structure. The building houses the Maclab, Shoctor and Club Theatres (formally the Rice), Zeidler Hall (the home of Rapid Fire Theatre), the Tucker Amphitheatre, and the Foote Theatre School.

The Maclab and Tucker are part of the Lee Pavilion, a luscious greenscape right in the middle of Edmonton.

Vision Statement In September 2016, Daryl Cloran became the Citadel's new Artistic Director, bringing with him great enthusiasm and vision for the Citadel's future. Daryl's vision is for the Citadel to be: Inclusive, Innovative, and International in our programming and practices.

Inclusive – We will celebrate, welcome, and share stories with the many different communities that make up Edmonton. Our stage will come alive with different voices and cultures.

Innovative – Our programming will celebrate new work, new performance styles, and productions that experiment with dramatic form. We will create collisions between different art forms, and present work that includes dance, circus, music, and storytelling. We will tell stories digitally, including podcasts, video, and multi-platform projects.

International – We will present and collaborate with exciting theatre-makers from around the world, as well as taking the fantastic work of the Citadel to audiences everywhere.

The Citadel is the heart of Edmonton's arts community. We are positioned at the centre of the city, and fill our building with exciting programming and partnerships with local companies and artists. We are proud to be part of a city so rich in theatre practice and theatre artists, and we look for every opportunity to feature local artists and their work on our stage. The Citadel is also an important contributor to the national theatre landscape, creating work and training artists seen on stages around the country and internationally. We grew from audacious beginnings 50 years ago, and plan to honour that spirit with an inclusive, innovative, and international approach to our future.

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Upcoming 2018/19 Season Once: September 22 to October 14, 2018 (Mainstage); Redpatch: November 1 to 11, 2018 (Add-On); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley: November 17 to December 9, 2018 (Mainstage); A Christmas Carol: November 30 to December 23, 2018 (Seasonal Presentation); Sweat: January 12 to February 3, 2019 (Mainstage); Matilda: February 16 to March 17, 2019 (Mainstage); The Candidate: March 30 to April 21, 2019 (Mainstage); The Party: March 30 to April 21, 2019 (Add-On); The Tempest: April 20 to May 12, 2019 (Mainstage)

The Citadel was also the site of a new production of the cult musical Hadestown in 2017. Creator Anaïs Mitchell and Tony award-nominated director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) created a new production of Hadestown, adding four new roles (The Workers), and a new set on the Citadel's proscenium stage in Shoctor Theatre. The show had its Canadian Premiere November 16, 2017, and had a wildly successful run, with shows selling out and patrons returning multiple times to see it. Hadestown recently announced that it will appear on stage in London before starting a Broadway run.


  1. ^ "History". The Citadel Theatre. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  2. ^ Charlebois and Nothof, Gaetan and Anne (2016-01-18). "Baker, Bob". Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. Athabaska University. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Edmonton's Citadel Theatre announces Daryl Cloran as new artistic director". Edmonton Journal. 2016-05-30. Retrieved 2016-05-31.

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