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

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

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Address: 453 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1, Canada

Phone: (514) 288-1229

Official Website: Centaur Theatre

Map of nearby accommodations: Booking.com


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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Rated 4.6 out of 5Centaur Theatre Company Star Rating

5 Star Rating The Tashme Project is a powerful telling of the Japanese experience in Canada. A must see for anyone who wants to understand our history.

Glenn Funamoto - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Went for a play which my college teacher had us attend. Beautiful venue with a friendly staff. Their "pay what you want" politic is great for people wanting to get into watching plays on a budget. 5/5 will be attending more plays.

Charles Renaud-Cordeau - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating The play choir boy was simply amazing Great acting. Singing a truly engrossing and captivating performance

Kevin Glasgow - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating One of the last great show theatres in Canada. Reasonable prices on shows and constant updates on new productions. Service and sales staff are helpful and don’t try to push tickets on you. I would love to see larger seats, but you can have everything.

Mark Stafinski - 6 months ago

5 Star Rating You can order/pay tickets online and get them upon arrival onsite. Staff is friendly and understanding, taking in consideration lots of tourists passing by and being kinda annoying. It's heart of downtown, so beware of traffic. There is no free/on street parking, but you can find nearby a couple of paid spots with tag around $10/hour. Beware: street is closed for repair, plan your time accordingly if you want to get the by car.

Zahar Celac - 6 months ago


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

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