FAQ

What is Theatre Under the Stars?

Theatre Under the Stars is a not-for-profit society that entertains through popular musical theatre shows, while providing a vibrant outlet and training ground to develop amateur performers and technicians both young and old.  TUTS values an atmosphere of inclusion and mentorship in order to build strong character and to promote positive values.

Theatre Under the Stars is now in its 73nd season of presenting of musical theatre at its outdoor venue in Stanley Park.  It is a time-honoured tradition for thousands of Lower Mainland families as well as attracting visitors from around the world: up to 40,000 patrons each summer.

Is Theatre Under the Stars accessible for people with disabilities?

Yes! There is an accessible drop-off location close to the theatre entrance and limited accessible parking close by. There are accessible washroom stalls both on-site, as well as in the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, just off site.  TUTS is also proud to be a participating venue in the Access 2 program.  Cardholders who wish to purchase tickets can contact the Ticket Call Centre at (604) 631-2877 or buy their tickets in-person at  the TUTS Box Office during the show run.  (location details can be found on our Tickets Page)

How many people does the theatre seat?

Approximately 1000 at capacity. Everyone that buys a ticket gets an actual seat in the theatre, although some people choose instead to sit on the grassy slope on the west side of the theatre. You still need to purchase a seat ticket.

What time does the show start?

The lobby doors open at 7:00PM, and the seating area will open at 7:30 pm. The show will start at 8:00PM except for Fireworks Nights (2018 dates: July 28, August 1 & 4) when the show starts at 7:00PM.  On these evenings, the lobby doors will open at 6:00pm, and the seating area will open at 6:30pm.

Is there late admittance to the theatre after the performance has started?

Yes – however, ushers may require you to wait to be seated until an appropriate moment during the performance. We recommend you give yourself at least half an hour or more to park, walk to the theatre, find your seat, etc. as the park can be very busy in the summer.

What are your in-and-out privileges?

You may leave and enter the theatre with a valid ticket stub.

Is there a dress code?

No.  Casual dress is recommended with additional layers to add as the night progresses. 

Can we bring a picnic dinner?

Yes.  You can eat in your seat or on your blanket on the grass.  Theatre Under the Stars also has a Garden Café concession run by The Butler Did It Catering with hot and cold food, and a Hot Drinks bar featuring hot chocolate, coffee and Tega Tea ($3 each) and a TUTS wine/beer bar featuring beer, red or white wines and coolers ($7 each).

What are the food/restaurant options?

You can eat at the Garden Café, which is located within our site - menu selections can be found here.  Alternatively, right across from the Theatre entrance is Stanley's Bar & Grill, located in the Stanley Park Pavilion.  To make a reservation or view their menu, please visit their website.

Are there public washrooms close by? Baby changing facility?

Yes.  We have portable washrooms on site, and there are also regular washrooms in the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion just off-site. 
There is a baby-changing area in the women’s washroom at the Dining Pavilion.

What happens if it rains just before or during the show?

In the event of steady rain just before or during a performance, we distribute complimentary TUTS ponchos as needed (although we suggest bringing your own rain gear just in case, if skies are cloudy on the night you plan to attend). Umbrellas are not to be used in the seats as they may block another patron’s view.

If you are concerned about the weather on the day of the performance you plan to attend, and you have purchased EXCHANGE INSURANCE with your ticket(s), you can exchange your tickets for a  future performance. NOTE that this exchange must be made before the start of the performance you originally bought tickets for (8 pm, or 7 pm on fireworks nights).

If the weather makes it unsafe to begin or continue a performance, tickets for that show will be honoured at a future performance. For full details on our Rain-Out Policy click here.

How long is each show?

For our 2018 season, Cinderella will run approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 20 minute intermission and 42nd Street will run approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 20 minute intermission.

Can tickets be exchanged for another night/show?

No - unless you purchased EXCHANGE INSURANCE at the time you originally purchased your tickets. Otherwise, ticket sales are final and non-transferable except in the case of a cancelled performance.

Is the site wheelchair/ walker/ etc. accessible?

Yes, although the grounds are uneven.  Assistance may be necessary. We have volunteer ushers who are happy to help.  

Can we take pictures of the show with our cell phones, digital cameras or video cameras?

No. 

Can I bring my dog/pet to Theatre Under the Stars?

Unfortunately, only service animals are permitted at Malkin Bowl.

Are there mosquitoes at the park?

Yes.  It is advisable to dress accordingly and bring insect repellent with you.

Is there anything in either show that would be considered offensive for families or children?

The Board of Directors takes great care to select shows that are suitable for a broad audience, but we recognize that everyone has their own personal tastes. Prior to purchasing your tickets, we suggest you research the style and message of the show.

Is there parking available?

Pay parking is available throughout Stanley Park. The closest lots to Theatre Under the Stars are the Horse Barn Parking Lot, Christmas Train (formerly Children's Zoo) Parking Lot, and Stanley Park Drive Parking Lot. Parking is $3.50/hour or $13/day.

Is there secure bicycle parking?

Bicycles can be brought inside the theatre and locked to the inside of the perimeter fencing.  Please do not leave your bike attached to the front gate!

Will there be taxis available/ accessible after the show?

Taxis are able to drive into Stanley Park. As it is very busy after the show, it is best to arrange in advance and ask them to pick you up at the parking area beside the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion (the exact address is 610 Pipeline Road).  Staff are happy to help you book, if you need assistance.

Is there a bus to and from the theatre? 

The #19 Stanley Park/Metrotown bus will take you into and out of the park.  Go to http://tripplanning.translink.ca/; enter 610 Pipeline Road or Malkin Bowl as your destination or departure address, to get specific bus times.  When leaving the theatre you can catch it at the Bus Loop behind the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion.

What is the terrain of Malkin Bowl?

Malkin Bowl is a gently sloping grassy field.

On Fireworks nights, can you see the fireworks from the theatre?

No.

Is there a cloakroom/left luggage area?

No.

Is there Theatre Under The Stars merchandise available to buy?

During the season we sell TUTS merchandise in our on-site Emporium. We sell blankets, sweatshirts, water bottles, cards, bookmarks, magnets, tote bags and toques. 

How do we purchase tickets?

Visit our Tickets page for detailed box office information.

How do I receive my tickets?

When you order your tickets, you may choose to print them off at home and bring them to the theatre, or you can pick them up at the Box Office (go to the window marked Will Call).

I didn’t receive an online confirmation. What do I do?

Please email ticktetstonight@tourismvancouver.com with your order information.  All successfully completed ticket transactions should receive an online ticket confirmation.

What forms of payment do you accept? Is there an ATM bank machine onsite?

Yes, there is an ATM bank machine on site. Our box office accepts cash, credit, and debit cards.  Our bar and merchandise tent each accept cash, credit, and debit cards. The Hot Drinks bar and food concession are cash only.

If we buy tickets for the Super Monday, August 5th performance and the show is cancelled due to severe weather, how can I use my tickets?

In the event our Super Monday show is cancelled due to weather, tickets will be honoured for the best available seats in the equivalent section at any subsequent performance.

Can I put tickets on hold and pay for them the night I come to the show?

No. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment.

How soon do I have to be at the theatre if I have tickets waiting for me at Will Call?

The Box Office will be open from 2pm until show time each day during the summer season. You may pick up your tickets anytime before the show. The lobby area (including the Garden Cafe concession, the bar, etc.) will open 60 minutes before show time. 

The weather looks pretty unstable and we have decided we aren’t going to come down to the theatre tonight because it is raining or threatening to rain… can we get a refund or exchange our tickets for another night?

If you purchased EXCHANGE INSURANCE then yes! Otherwise, tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable...unless TUTS cancels the show due to weather. Please click here and scroll down to read about our cancellation policy. 

In general, our policy is to go on with the show even if it looks like rain! We distribute complimentary ponchos to patrons in the event of steady rain just before or during the performance.

Where can I get information about the 2019 Theatre Under the Stars season?

Our next season will be announced on March 1st, 2019. 

How can I get involved with TUTS? I'd like to know more about volunteering as part of the cast, production team, backstage crew or front of house...

If you are interested in volunteering for TUTS, please visit the Volunteers section of our website to apply for Production (including crew) and Front-of-House positions.  If you are interested in being part of the cast, our auditions information is posted online in the fall before the upcoming season (i.e. Fall 2018 for 2019 season auditions).  We could not do the work we do without our amazing team of volunteers, so thank you for your interest , and we hope to hear from you soon!

Where can I get a map and information about Stanley Park?

Information about Stanley Park can be found online at http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/stanley.