Vertigo Theatre

BD&P is pleased to announce its renewed title sponsorship with Vertigo Theatre for the 2018/2019 season. BD&P has been a sponsor of Vertigo Theatre since 2006 and assumed an expanded title sponsorship role beginning with the 2013/14 season.

Vertigo Theatre is nestled in the base of the Calgary Tower and has been entertaining Calgary audiences with high quality mystery theatre productions since 1978. Being a registered charity, Vertigo looks to the public for some of its fundraising, and both the uniqueness of the mystery genre and the widespread appeal of its entertainment struck a chord with most of us at BD&P. Two of BD&P’s longstanding partners, Cal D. Johnson, Q.C. and Cheryl C. Gottselig, Q.C. have been very involved as Past Chairs of the Board, and partner Stuart Money currently sits on the Board. 

Being the only exclusively mystery theatre in Canada, Vertigo has mastered the whodunit and delights audiences who have fun practising their skills as amateur sleuths. The 2018/2019 BD&P Mystery Theatre Series productions are in the able hands of Artistic Director Craig Hall and Vertigo Theatre's team of award winning performers and technicians.

Vertigo enhances Calgary’s community in other ways besides its pure entertainment, in that it presents workshops for students and educators, builds the audiences of tomorrow with its Access for Young Audiences program, supports emerging talent through internships and mentorships, and hires over 200 actors, creative artists and technicians.

Our BD&P guests will receive detailed information about how to RSVP to performances throughout the 2018/2019 season.

Performances for the upcoming season are listed below.

The Thin Man - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Adapted by Lucia Frangione

Directed by Courtenay Dobbie

A World Premiere Production with Persephone Theatre

Retired detective Nick Charles has the perfect Christmas planned with his heiress wife Nora, their pet terrier Asta, and a case of good Scotch. But a missing inventor and a bullet riddles secretary jump-start Nick and Nora's quiet holiday into a madcap mystery filled with intrigue, outrageous character's and murder. Lucia Frangione's adaptation of THE THIN MAN offers up a new take on Dashiell Hammett's most famous characters in this unabashedly romantic romp.

Dracula: The Bloody Truth - Tuesday, December 4, 2018

By Le Navet Bete & John Nicholson

Directed by Craig Hall

Professor Abraham Van Helsing leaps off the pages of Dracula and onto the stage to tell you, dear theatre-goer: Bram Stoker's novel had it all wrong! At last, Van Helsing hopes to set the record straight and bring the 'truth' of the legendary vampire and his terrifying story to light...even if he only has three amateur actors to help him do it! Van Helsing and his troupe dive into 40 different characters on a breakneck journey from the Transylvanian mountains to the seaside town of Whitby. This North American premiere will be a farcical side-splitter for family audiences and vampire lovers alike.

Deathtrap - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

By Ira Levin

Directed by Jamie Dunsdon

Sidney Bruhl is languishing in his Connecticut home, struggling to overcome a bout of writer's block that has seen his Broadway success turn to near bankruptcy. but the answer may have just arrived when Sidney receives a fantastic script written by his former student, Clifford Anderson. Anderson just wants his old mentor's opinion, but Sidney will do whatever it takes to get back on Broadway. The DEATHTRAP has been set...but who will come out on top in this spine-chilling thriller?

Might As Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Adapted by Joseph Goodrich, from the novel by Rex Stout

Directed by Haysam Kadri

Eleven years ago, wealthy businesswoman Mrs. Herold tossed her only son Paul onto the streets to fend for himself. Now, realizing the error of her ways, she has come looking for one last chance to make amends...only to find he's been accused of murder! Mrs. Herold needs help, the kind that only detective Nero Wolfe and his stalwart assistant, Archie Goodwin, can provide. But the deeper that Wolfe and Archie go, the more tangled the web gets. Playwright Joseph Goodrich-writer of the immensely popular CALAMITY TOWN- returns to Vertigo with his new adaptation of Rex Stout's beloved character, the inimitable Nero Wolfe!

The Invisible - Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare - Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Book, lyrics & music by Jonathan Christenson

Europe, 1939. Adolf Hitler's armies are conquering nation after nation, and in the face of the Nazi threat, Canadian millionaire William Stephenson convinces Churchill and Roosevelt to combine forces in a joint covert effort. Stephenson assembles an elite team of spies, including the unlikeliest of agents: six irrepressible young women. AGENTS OF INFLUENCE is their story, a "spy noir musical" that seeks to answer: just who were these bold women and why would they sacrifice their very lives for a war that refused to accept them or recognize them? Catalyst Theatre, creators of the hit musical NEVERMORE, brings another dazzling world premiere to Vertigo Theatre.