Projects Currently in Development

Prison Dancer

Prison Dancer by Romeo Candido and Carmen de Jesus: We are honoured to have received $130,000 in funding from the prestigious National Creation Fund from the National Arts Centre for new development of this innovative multi-platform story that is based on the Filipino prisoners who became a viral YouTube sensation as the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu.” Citadel Theatre will work with the creators to redevelop the existing stage musical, as well as interactive content.


Break Horizons

Break Horizons by Kim Senklip Harvey: The Citadel has co-commissioned this work about an Indigenous women’s healing lodge, with Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company. Harvey, who comes from the Syilx, Tsilhqot'in, Ktunaxa, and Dakelh Nations, is an inspirational advocate for Indigenous-led artistic practices. As part of this collaboration, we’ve also committed to creating a de-colonized new play development process. The agreements for this partnership were collected within a Living Treaty, signed by Harvey as an Indigenous artist, and Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director of the Arts Club Theatre Company, and Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre.


A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol: After 19 years, the Citadel is excited to start a new Edmonton tradition at Christmas time! We’ve commissioned a brand-new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, from Edmonton playwright David Van Belle. The new production will run November 30 to December 23, 2019 in the Maclab Theatre.


The Garneau Block 

The Garneau Block adapted by Belinda Cornish: The Citadel has commissioned local playwright and actor Belinda Cornish to adapt Edmonton author Todd Babiak’s popular novel, The Garneau Block. The World Premiere of The Garneau Block will take place March 14 to April 5, 2020, in the Maclab Theatre, as part of next year’s edition of Collider.


Fall On Your Knees

The Citadel is supporting the development of Fall On Your Knees adapted by Hannah Moscovitch: from Ann-Marie MacDonald’s award-winning novel. Moscovitch, a prominent Canadian playwright whose show Old Stock had a very successful run at the Citadel Theatre last season, is adapting the novel into three interconnected plays with director Alisa Palmer.


Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre adapted by Erin Shields: The Citadel has commissioned Canadian playwright Erin Shields to adapt Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Jane Eyre. The first English novel to be written in first-person narrative, Jane Eyre was ahead of its time in its approach to class, sexuality, and feminism. Shields’ adaptation will be set in the early Victorian age of the novel, but will bring a fresh take to this story of romance, deceit, and psychological intrigue.


Almost a Full Moon

Commissioned by the Citadel, Almost a Full Moon is an interpretation of the beloved Christmas album by well-known Canadian singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman. Written and developed by Canadian playwright Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman, this play will incorporate Workman’s songs in three different storylines that chase in and out of different ages of Christmas, love, and family, winding together for a timeless story.


The Takeoff

Citadel Theatre, in partnership with Alberta Playwrights Network, will be supporting a workshop of The Takeoff by Edmonton playwright Collin Doyle. Through intersecting storylines, three generations of a family find themselves at crossroads of love, discovering themselves to be in relationships unlike anything they had ever expected. An homage to the storytelling style of Love Actually, this play illustrates just how connected we all are, even in our loneliness.  Doyle says, “for me this play is a pop song. It has a happy bounce, it’s always moving,… but if you listen to the lyrics it has a little sadness.”


For more info on play development at the Citadel, please contact Associate Artistic Director, Rachel Peake.