Centaur Theatre

Enjoy an English performance in the heart of French Canada at the historic Centaur Theatre

Centaur Theatre
Centaur Theatre cc licensed photo by Fraccle

When looking for live English theatre in Montreal you may be slightly disappointed at the selection as Montreal is a predominantly French town, however the Centaur Theatre never fails to disappoint when it comes to their repertoire of live English theatre plays.

The theatre was founded in 1696 by The Centaur Foundation for the Performing Arts. The theatre was established in the Old Stock Exchange building at 453 St François-Xavier. This is just off Rue Notre-Dame in Old Montreal. The Old Stock Exchange Building was bought in 1974 after it had been leased by the company. Once the building was bought renovations began to transform it into the auditorium it is today a total of $1.3 million was spent on the renovations under the direction of architect Victor Prus.

The Centaur Theatre is the biggest English only theatre in Montreal. You can expect to see plays ranging from classic to contemporary theatre. Many of the plays are satirical in nature and you can expect to laugh your way out the door if you can appreciate a little dry humour. There is a little something for everyone as the Centaur Theatre is not above tackling a little drama from time to time or even a little more lewd humour.

When attending a play at this particular theatre you can be sure of a high quality of acting. The Centaur Theatre also won a number of accolades over the years including nine Les Marques awards. For more information on shows, prices and times visit the Centaur Theatre website.

The Theatre also hosts a number of supporting events during the course of the year to help with funding. If you are truly a supporter of the arts, take the time to attend one of these events and show your support financially.

Be sure not to miss a great night out. Come and see one of the Centaur Theatre's performances. There are plenty to choose from and something to suit every cultural palate.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Centaur Theatre

Fee: Yes; Admission fees vary according to the show. The full fees schedule is available on the website when booking.

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Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Performing Arts

Address: 453 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montreal, QC H2Y 2T2

Phone: +1 514-288-1229


Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 6 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating After several visits to the Centaur Theater, I can say that this place deserves to be known. This theater with magnificent exterior pillars is located in... Read More

Cindy D. Oct-22-2017

5 Star Rating What I think is great about the Centaur is the effort they make to try and balance the needs of the diverse communities they serve and have served since... Read More

Risa D. Nov-24-2011

5 Star Rating I just saw last night at the gayety musical play and I was truly blown away! I laughed so hard; this play should be on Broadway, it is witty, extremely... Read More

Eve C. May-08-2016

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 2 - OrangePlace-d'Armes7 Minutes

How to get to Centaur Theatre by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Place-d'Armes; exit and go right (south) on St. Urbain Street. Turn right onto Notre Dame Street W (in front of the Basilica) the left onto Saint Francois Xaviar Street.

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Short preview of play The Bacchae which ran at the Centaur Theatre in 2012

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