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Citadel Theatre
Citadel Theatre Edmonton.jpg
Exterior view of venue c. 2012
Address 9828 101A Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3C6
Coordinates 53°32′33″N 113°29′18″W / 53.54250°N 113.48833°W / 53.54250; -113.48833
Public transit Edmonton Transit System Light rail interchangeCapital LineMetro Line Churchill station
Capacity 20 (Lee Pavilion)
90 (Tucker Amphitheatre)
215 (Zeidler Hall)
250 (The Club at Citadel)
651 (Shoctor Theatre)
705 (Maclab Theatre)
Opened November 10, 1965
Years active 1965–present
Architect Barton Myers

The Citadel Theatre is the major venue for theatre arts in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, located in the city's downtown core on Churchill Square. It is the third largest regional theatre in Canada.


It began in a former Salvation Army Citadel bought by Joseph H. Shoctor, James L. Martin, Ralph B. MacMillan, and Sandy Mactaggart. The theatre's first production to be performed was Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The theatre was founded on October 12, 1965 with its first opening night on November 10, 1965. In its current location, The Citadel has the distinction of being the only venue where the Jule Styne musical Pieces of Eight has been produced.

The organization moved to its current building just off Churchill Square in 1976. Architect Barton Myers designed the structure. The building houses the Maclab, Shoctor and Club Theatres (formally the Rice), Zeidler Hall (the home of Rapid Fire Theatre), the Tucker Amphitheatre, and the Foote Theatre School.

The Maclab and Tucker are part of the Lee Pavilion, in the middle of Edmonton.

Artistic directors

  • John Hulburt (1965-1966)
  • Robert Glenn (1966-1968)
  • Sean Mulcahy (1968-1973)
  • John Neville (1973-1978)
  • Peter Coe (1978-1981)
  • Joseph H. Shoctor (1981-1984, as Producer)
  • Gordon McDougall (1984-1987)
  • William Fisher (1987-1989)
  • Richard Dennison (1989-1990, as Producer)
  • Robin Phillips (1990-1995, as Director General)
  • Duncan McIntosh (1995-1999)
  • Bob Baker (director) (1999–2016)
  • Daryl Cloran (2016 - )


2018–19 Season

  • Once: September 22 to October 14, 2018 (Mainstage)
  • Redpatch: November 1 to 11, 2018 (Add-On)
  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley: November 17 to December 9, 2018 (Mainstage)
  • A Christmas Carol: November 30 to December 23, 2018 (Seasonal Presentation)
  • Sweat: January 12 to February 3, 2019 (Mainstage)
  • Matilda: February 16 to March 17, 2019 (Mainstage)
  • The Candidate: March 30 to April 21, 2019 (Mainstage)
  • The Party: March 30 to April 21, 2019 (Add-On)
  • The Tempest: April 20 to May 12, 2019 (Mainstage)
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