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.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • 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
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Address: 453 R. Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal, QC H2Y 2T2, Canada

Phone: (514) 288-1229

Official Website: Centaur Theatre

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Its for sure a smaller venue but I liked that. It gives cozy vibes rather than a massive theatre like place des arts. Third row seats were terrific but basically all seats provide a good view. There is an elevator for those who cant go up the stairs. Sound was great. Staff is friendly and helpful. Its near many restaurants. Located in old Mtl,and closest metro is place d'armes but with a 6 to 8 minute walk and I wouldnt recommend to those with mobility issues as its uphill at one point. Overall loved the play and theatre. There is a waiting area that also serves drinks.
Tiffany - a month ago

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5 Star Rating We enjoyed quite a lot the alterNatives play. The theater itself is small but pleasant. They have a nice little cafe place where they served labrador tea (specifically for this play), and where the actors came to mingle afterwards. There are a lot of stairs, so a little concern for reduced mobility persons.
Andrei Michescu - 3 months ago

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4 Star Rating The theatre is a lovely old building in Old Montreal. The play was amazing! Well-written and we'll preformed. Loved it
Maria Pia Colatriano - a month ago

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4 Star Rating Saw a play today. Didn't like it very much. Seemed to have a few unnecessary scenes. Had two roles that should have had indigenous actors but didn't. Also cost of parking is almost much as the tickets.
George Ayoub - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating Do you want to watch a smart live play, that will challenge all your emotions, laugh, cry and get you out of your comfort zone, alterNatives is a must see. One of the best plays I have seen!
Michael “Mike” B - 3 months ago

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Directions

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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