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The Piano Teacher

Caitriona Murphy, Megan Leitch, Kamyar Pazandeh in Arts Club’s 2017 production of The Piano Teacher. Set design by David Roberts, costume design by Jenifer Darbellay, lighting design by Kyla Gardiner. Photo by David Cooper

The Piano Teacher

Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue

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Zone A $49. Zone B $39. Zone C $29

Presented by:

Surrey Civic Theatres

Sometimes theatre can create a safe space for conversations about complicated subjects at the same time as it creates a compelling and engaging experience. The Piano Teacher follows Erin, a concert pianist who hasn’t touched a piano since her husband died. As Elaine, a piano teacher, gently reacquaints Erin with her instrument, other life changes follow. A simple update to Erin’s home, for instance, brings the unexpected companionship of a contractor, Tom.

Reviewers called the premiere production in 2017 “a beautiful meditation on grief, loss, and the healing power of music” (Georgia Straight), and an “incredibly moving piece of theatre, filled with maturity and thoughtfulness” (Vancouver Presents). It won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script.

Audience advisory: Mature themes and strong language

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Running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission

An Arts Club Theatre Company production
By Dorothy Dittrich

7:30pm start time on weeknights—a great option if you have an early start the next day!

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:30pm
Friday: 8pm
Saturday: 4pm and 8pm
Sunday: 4pm

Date Day Value-added Performances
Oct 10 Wed Opening Night
Relax, socialize, and enjoy complimentary appetizers from 6:30pm.
Oct 12 Fri First Friday
Enjoy dessert and coffee after the show, with a chance of actor sightings.
Oct 13 Sat

Paint at the Play
An experienced visual art educator will entertain your kids (ages 6 to 11) from 3:30pm to 6:30pm with art activities while you enjoy the 4pm performance! It’s free with your ticket—call the box office at 604-501-5566 to register (by October 12 is ideal).

Oct 16 Tue Pre-show Chat
Join playwright, Dorothy Dittrich at 6:45pm in the lobby for an insider's look into the show.
Oct 18 Thu Talkback Thursday
Stick around after the show for a chat with the actors.
Oct 20 Sat

Do you have vision loss? Live audio description of important visual details and physical actions is available during the 4pm performance. Use of equipment is free (just mention VocalEye when you phone to book your ticket).

Do you like to find out as much as you can before choosing to see a performance? These four videos will help you do just that. After one finishes the next one will play automatically, or you can jump ahead using the fast forward button.

  • scenes from the show (49 seconds)
  • interview with the actors (1 minute 49 seconds)
  • interview with playwright Dorothy Dittrich (1 minute 6 seconds)
  • interview with director Yvette Nolan (1 minute 56 seconds) 

See the rest of the Arts Club Series, with special pricing and other benefits. The Series is available until October 20, 2018.