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The Astor Theatre to Remain Closed until September 1, 2020

Covid-19 Update 


LIVERPOOL, NS — The historic Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, will remain closed for the spring and summer, the theatre’s board of directors announced today in response to ongoing precautions around the COVID-19 pandemic.

All events planned for the theatre up to Sept. 1 have been either cancelled or re-scheduled. The annual summer theatre camp has also been cancelled for this year. Any tickets for live events that patrons have purchased will be valid for the re-scheduled date.

The board made these difficult decisions to respect the safety of the Astor’s staff, performers and patrons.

Kristopher Snarby, chairman of the Astor Theatre Society, thanked all of the theatre’s staff for their commitment and dedication.

“We also want to thank our community for their ongoing support and we want to assure them that this is only a temporary closure,” Snarby said. “We look forward to reopening when we can.”

The Astor Theatre is the artistic hub of Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Built in 1902 as part of Liverpool’s historic town hall, it was originally known as the Liverpool Opera House. The Astor has hosted a variety of local, national and international events, from the popular Queens County Music Festival and Liverpool International Theatre Festival to concerts featuring Rufus Wainwright and Measha Brueggergosman. 

For more information, please contact:

Kristopher Snarby, 902-646-1718 or by email:

Astor Theatre and Town Hall Arts and Cultural Center
219 Main Street
Liverpool, Nova Scotia
B0T 1K0
(902) 354-5250

Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Oct 16 @ 8:30 pm
Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Oct 23 @ 8:30 pm
DEREK EDWARDS – ” So Here’s The Thing…” @ Astor Theatre
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm

DEREK EDWARDS – ” So Here’s The Thing…”


Tickets On Sale Friday, June 14th!!

“So Here’s the Thing …” – A breath of fresh air, finely honed and relentlessly funny! Take a break from the world and settle in for a seamless glide over life’s troubled waters. Like the canoeist seated deftly atop his life jacket, with whiskey and pot cookies sealed in airtight containers, Derek Edwards has left little to chance in this polished comedic adventure.

They say, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” And like in a Hollywood movie when the fleeing hero has to jump off a cliff into a waterfall, and the bad guys say, “Nobody could have survived THAT,” then they cut back to a single hand reaching out of the rushing water, finding purchase on a floating log. Derek
is like that Sodden Log! An island of stability amidst the frenzy. An oft saturated and not entirely stable respite from life’s turmoil.

From Vegas to St. John’s, this Just For Laughs veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he’s a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic – Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee
for Best Performance in a Comedy. As Rick Mercer says, “Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.”

Clearly the critics agree:

“5 STARS – the funniest man on earth” -Winnipeg Free Press;

4 STARS – the crowd howled” – Victoria Times Colonist;

“…still the funniest man in Canada” – Toronto Sun;

“Edwards reigns as the King of Canadian comedy” -Charlottetown Guardian;

“Derek Edwards is hysterical” – Calgary Sun;

“Edwards takes stand-up to next stage” – Georgia Straight;

“the epitome of timing & storytelling” – Halifax Chronicle Herald;

“the comedian’s comedian” – London Free Press.

“So Here’s the Thing …” – Derek Edwards’ new 90-minute stand-up comedy show, …a richly textured and enthralling ‘cut above,’ delivered with pace and authority by the consummate Canadian Comedian.

Reserved seating tickets for Derek Edwards -“So Here’s the Thing …” are $49.00(depending on local facility fees; tax incl., handling charges may apply), go on sale Friday, June 14th, and are available from the box offices listed below. Showtime is 7:30pm. For more info, pics & comedy clips,

Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Oct 30 @ 8:30 pm
The Shakespeare Show (Main Stage Series) @ Astor Theatre
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

“This play is so damn clever, even if you don’t know any Shakespeare you’ll still understand it.  If you have a love for language, physical comedy and intelligent wit, then The Shakespeare Showis for you.” ★★★★★-CBC Winnipeg

Who wrote the plays of William Shakespeare? Shakespeare himself? The Earl of Oxford?

A horse?Monster Theatre’s Ryan Gladstone (No Tweed Too Tight, Every Story Ever Told) and Tara Travis (Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Who Killed Gertrude Crump?) are back to get to the bottom of the debate as they bring their 2008 hit, The Shakespeare Show, back to Vancouver. After years of co-producing Monster Theatre solo works, they are STOKED to get back on stage together with the show that started their wildly successful partnership.

Brings the bawdy world of Shakespeare to life! The Shakespeare Show stands out in the festival for having something to say, and saying it with purpose and humour.” ★★★★★ -Winnipeg Free Press

Based on the greatest theatrical debate of all time, The Shakespeare Showinvestigates the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were penned by Edward de Vere, the 17thEarl of Oxford. Just like one of his tragic heroes, Oxford sets his own tragedy in motion by using young Will Shakespeare, the boy who holds the horses outside the theatre, as a ‘front’ for his playwriting ventures. The result? Another “relentlessly clever, action-packed and intellectually satisfying”(Edmonton Journal) Monster Theatreadventure, complete with puppets, songs, swordfights and satire. Along the way we meet the Ghost of Christopher Marlowe, the Three Witches from Mac…ahem…The Scottish Play, Anne Hathaway, victims of the Bubonic Plague and Queen Elizabeth herself!  In the end, Oxford is killed and charges Shakespeare to tell his story – hence, this… “The only play e’er writ by Will Shakespeare”.

“…without doubt the cleverest, most well researched and cunningly put together piece of witty Shakespeariana I’ve ever seen – just smokes past Wm. Shakespeare abridged!”–Neil Freeman, Applause First Folio Editions

Written by Monster Theatre’s Artistic Director Ryan Gladstone, The Shakespeare Show is largely in iambic pentameter and almost completely in rhyming couplets.  Directed by Karen Hamm, this fast-paced physical comedy features Tara Travis and Ryan Gladstone playing over 40 roles between the two of them!  First produced and workshopped on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit in 2008, The Shakespeare Show won Pick of the Fringe in Vancouver and has gone on to play numerous regional theatres across North America. A beautiful score is supplied by violin virtuoso Drew Jurecka (Jeff Healey Band, Sarah Slean, Vinyl Café), and Fight Choreography is supplied by Kevin Kruchkywich (Theatre Calgary, Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel).

“Composed of equal parts absolute fact and utter nonsense, The Shakespeare Show is a laugh-filled treat for scholar and squire alike”-Peter Birnie, Vancouver Sun

Written by Ryan Gladstone

Directed by Karen Hamm

Featuring Tara Travis and Ryan Gladstone

Original Score by Drew Jurecka

Fight Choreography by Kevin Kruchkywich

Musical Direction by Jeff Gladstone

First created in 2008

Toured 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018

Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Nov 6 @ 8:30 pm
Songs of BOB DYLAN feat. JESSICA RHAYE & The Ramshackle Parade @ Astor Theatre
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm

Think psychedelic undertones and folkie ballads. A conversation between rockabilly and swing. Engaging, inventive interpretations of the Master’s works, no click tracks and very few overdubs. The result is an endearingly authentic and rollickingly fun folk-rock interpretation of both Dylan’s classics and hidden gems, quickly transcending the confines of a traditional tribute piece.

Jessica Rhaye is an East Coast Canadian fixture; her dynamic 20 year career has garnered critical acclaim, awards from Music New Brunswick, and nominations from Canadian Folk Music Award and East Coast Music Award.


Tickets $35

Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Nov 13 @ 8:30 pm
Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Nov 20 @ 8:30 pm
Rocko & Nakota – Tales From the Land (Main Stage Series) @ Astor Theatre
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

Meet Nakota. A young boy who is trying to write the greatest story ever. One day, his grandfather, 103-year-old Rocko, comes over for a visit. Next thing Nakota knows, he is whisked away into a world of stories that are right below his feet. Within the land. This show explores the interplay between stories of the present against the long forgotten stories of the past.

Christmas with the Ennis Sisters @ Astor Theatre
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm

Newfoundland’s Juno Award-winning trio, The Ennis Sisters, deliver one of the finest family Christmas shows in the country. Maureen, Karen, and Teresa combine original songs, holiday classics, humorous recitations, and Irish step-dancing to create an exciting evening that’s sure to ignite your true holiday spirit.  Their tightly-woven harmonies produce a sound that only siblings can achieve. The multi-award-winning sisters move audiences to tears with their hilarious sisterly banter and their poignant seasonal sentiments. This show has become a Christmas tradition for so many and it’s one you won’t want to miss!


Tickets $35

Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Nov 27 @ 8:30 pm
88th Annual Kiwanis Christmas Concert @ Astor Theatre
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm

DOORS: at 6pm. Mersey Band begins playing at 6:30pm as the Theatre fills.

‘Tis the Season 13 with Bette MacDonald @ Astor Theatre
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm

Yes, Santa Claus, there is a Beulah Claxton… and she’s back! Tis The Season is the gift that keeps on giving. For many, this hit show has become a yearly tradition, the official start of the holiday season. Musician Jordan Musycsyn, guitarist Joe Waye Jr. and comedy performer Mary Colin Chisholm will be there along with assorted other Cape Breton characters in a brand new edition of this wildly popular show. Join Bette MacDonald, Maynard Morrison and the rest of the cast and find out exactly what is so funny about Christmas!

Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Dec 4 @ 8:30 pm
GEORGE CANYON & AARON PRITCHETT – 12 Days of Christmas @ Astor Theatre
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

Two Canadian country music superstars come together to celebrate the holidays with an acoustic collaboration for their 12 Days of Christmas East Coast Tour 2019. Multiple CCMA Award Winning artists George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett have teamed together to share stories, songs and lots of family friendly comedy.

Tickets $61.50 (HST & fees incl.)

Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Dec 11 @ 8:30 pm
Charles Dickens’ – A CHRISTMAS CAROL Feat. John D Huston & Musical Guest Ashley-Rose Goodwin @ Astor Theatre
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm

*Please Note: For personal reasons and much to her disappointment, Ms.
Smith has had to cancel her participation in John D. Huston’s A Christmas
Carol* John Huston is excited to welcome Ashley-Rose Goodwin to share the stage with him

“Vivid and lively…a consummate storyteller…mesmerising.”⁣ – Winnipeg Free

“powerful one-man theatre…in the hands of a master storyteller.”⁣
– The National Post⁣

Veteran solo performer John D. Huston makes his Liverpool debut with
Charles Dickens’ one-man A Christmas Carol.⁣

For a quarter century, this astonishing tour-de-force presentation has been
described as “mesmerizing,” “powerful”⁣ and “Christmas magic” by reviewers
across the country.⁣

Mr. Dickens’ musical guest will be award-winning singer and Liverpool’s own
Ashley-Rose Goodwin,
performing Dickensian carols.

The timeless story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim, with the Astor Theatre’s
intimate acoustics make this event a magical, must-see holiday experience.

Chase The Ace (Round 3) @ Astor Theatre(lobby)
Dec 18 @ 8:30 pm
Thane Dunn’s Elvis ’68 Comeback Christmas @ Astor Theatre
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm



For the first time the 2-time World Champion is recreating Elvis Presley’s
now historic 68 Comeback Special which was aired 50 years ago on NBC. It
was originally going to be a Christmas special so we have combined all your
favorite songs from the program including Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel ,If I
Can Dream and more and combined them with Elvis Christmas favorites Blue
Christmas, Silent Night to Elvis Gospel Greats Where No One Stands Alone
and many more.⁣

In the second half of the show we will showcase for the first time Thane’s
incredible ability to perform Country Classics that will blow your mind.
From Charlie Rich, Hank Williams to Jim Reeves. All the while sharing the
stage with the amazing Melly Dunn, her amazing three and a half Octave
voice will give you shivers and add a new dimension to your favorite
Christmas Classics that you will love. Her Patsy Cline songs will amaze you
and for the first time these two incredible talents will be performing
duets together doing Elvis and Country Christmas classics the whole family
will flip over.⁣

***For the first time all tickets include a VIP meet and greet with photo

December 19 @7:30pm. Doors open 7pm