Discover the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
There’s nothing quite like attending a live performance. The simple act of sitting in a big, beautiful theatre, putting away your smartphone for an hour or two, and watching real live people express their artistic vision on the stage is still one of the most enriching and memorable experiences in modern life.
It’s the appreciation of the performing arts that led this town to create The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Building this breathtaking facility was a long journey that began with Town Council’s approval in 2003 and culminated in the Grand Opening of the centre in 2009. Its 30 million dollar construction was the largest public construction project ever completed by the town government — and the result was a spectacular facility that integrated the fully restored historic building of the original Richmond Hill High School (Circa 1897) into an otherwise modernistic building of glass and steel. With a main auditorium seating capacity of 631 guests, the centre offers the largest seating capacity of any theatre venue in York Region, so there are few better places anywhere in the GTA to see a live show.
All year round, the RHCPA hosts a full program of professional entertainment that includes local and international acts from across a wide range of performance disciplines. On any given night, the centre may be hosting live music, dance, comedy or theatrical performances.
There are many great events that you and your family can discover by visiting the RHCPA website, but here are a few highlights that you can look forward to over the coming months.
Gerry Dee Live
Monday, April 10th at 7:30 & 10:00 pm
Gerry Dee was made a household name by his hit CBC sitcom Mr. D. In fact, rumour has it that the Canadian show has been so successful that he is now in talks with U.S. network CBS to develop an American version of the show. This performance represents a great opportunity to see Gerry do his stand-up routine that draws on inspiration from his years as a high school teacher — the very same material he used in developing his hit TV Show!
ON!STAGE – Infinitus
Monday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm
If you’re looking for a truly unique and immersive live theatre experience then you’ll love the latest installment of the innovative new ON!STAGE series. This series pushes the boundaries of performing arts by inviting the audience to sit right on the main stage. Enjoy an eclectic collection of performers from multiple performing arts disciplines with the audience seated in different configurations.
York Symphony Orchestra — Absolute Vienna
Sunday, April 23rd at 7:30 pm
The first Viennese School of the late 18th Century is regarded as one of the most prolific and significant eras in the history of classical music. During this period, the Austrian city of Vienna saw the rise of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Franz Schubert. In The York Symphony Orchestra’s “Absolute Vienna” showcase, you can see some of the finest classical musicians in York Region perform pieces from several of the Viennese greats including Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. Special guest artist Kara Huber will be performing on the piano for this exciting evening performance.