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2014 is the 100th anniversary of both the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse.

Join us in May 2014 for our amazing 8-day Birthday Party of music, dance and theatre.

Explore some of the great performances over the years.


Did You Know? Coppelia
Did You Know? Peter Buriss remembers the furnace room
Victoria Symphony’s Maestra Tania Miller
Did You Know? the cost-effective military uniforms onstage
Did You Know? Trapp Family Singers
As the lead character Margaret was expecting to “fly” onto the stage and land on the mantelpiece...
I had to be perfect because I couldn't copy any other dancer due to the position that I was in...
Robert Baird, Victoria's mayor at the time, was so nervous on opening night that he forgot all his lines during Act One.
Did You Know? the snowstorm of 1916

The Festival


May 18 - 25, 2014

The 100th Anniversary Festival

Victoria’s two major civic theatres, the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse, are celebrating their centennial birthdays in May 2014.

To honour this pair of landmark buildings and the extraordinary impact they have had on Victoria’s cultural life, the Royal and McPherson Theatres Society (RMTS) is presenting a weeklong Centennial Festival.

The Royal and McPherson Theatres Society is a not for profit organization that manages all operational aspects of the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse. As the managers of the two Historic Theatres in the City of Victoria, we are proud to be able to host this unique event. Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of the region, by operating and maintaining the civic theatres of the Capital Regional District.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge our four artist logo models Terence Tam, Ashley Evans, Mike Edel and Stacy Anderson.

Centennial Festival Committee:

Judith Scott, Committee Chair
Josh Keller, Festival Producer
Lloyd Fitzsimonds, RMTS Executive Director
Dawn Cameron, Member
Alastair Cousland, Member
Pat Ferns, Member
Don Lindsay, Member
Terry Waller, Member

8 Amazing

100 Years
to celebrate


Please check with box office about multi-show discounts

To purchase tickets click performance title below

Wed May 21 Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot production of The Tempest Replica 8:00pm Royal Theatre
Thu May 22 Victoria Conservatory of Music & Vox Humana “Then and Now” 8:00pm McPherson Playhouse
Fri May 23 A West Coast Roots Celebration 8:00pm McPherson Playhouse
Sat May 24 Rock the Royal! 8:00pm Royal Theatre
Sat May 24 VOS Celebrates the American Musical 8:00pm McPherson Playhouse
Sun May 25 Raffi 2:00pm McPherson Playhouse
Sun May 25 Chris Botti with the Victoria Symphony 7.30pm Royal Theatre




Kidd Pivot Release

Volunteer Recruitment

The Royal & McPherson theatres launch their Centennial Festival


Staff Contacts:

Lloyd Fitzsimonds, RMTS Executive Director
Josh Keller, Festival Producer
Shireen McNeilage, Assistant to the Producer
Jennifer Phillips, Administration Assistant

Stephanie Eisenbraun, Volunteer Coordinator

Royal and McPherson Theatres Society Board

Royal and McPherson Theatres Society staff


Royal and McPherson Theatres Society

P.O. Box 1000, 625 Fisgard Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 2S6
Admin: 250.361.0800
Fax: 250.361.0805