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Excellent, affordable, locally produced family theatre.

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is a professional theatrical and event entertainment producing not-for-profit society. Its founder – Ellie King – is a great believer in production excellence and her reputation as a producer, director, writer and performer is well-established.

Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s goal is to leave you wanting more each and every time you experience one of its productions – whether it be the big-stage extravaganza of a Traditional British Panto, a side-splitting comedy, perplexing mystery, frightening thriller, or classic whodunit, we want you to have a great time every time. That’s why we invite you to become involved in so many ways – including the opportunity to help us pick the plays we will produce each year.

– Ellie King, Artistic Director

What We Do

– Provide a non-discriminatory, safe, respectful, creative environment for theatre artists at all stages of their development;

– Keep ticket prices affordable, making live theatre accessible for all;

– Offer free mentor-ship to community members of all ages, backgrounds and cultures with a special emphasis on youth;

– Present professional and semi-professional theatre;

– Create a new, original work annually;

– Make careful programming choices and keep high production values;

– Attract new theatre goers as well as providing for the more experienced patron;

– Be good members of the community, giving back, and collaborating with other organizations.

Mission Statement

1. The name of the society is THE ROYAL CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY

2. The purposes of the society are:

a) to advance the general public’s understanding and appreciation of the performing arts by providing theatrical performances of an artistic nature and to educate artists through their participation in such performances.

b) To provide instructional seminars on topics related to the performing and visual arts.

c) To gift funds to qualified donees as defined in subsection 149.1(1) of the Income Tax Act.


Founding Artistic Director Ellie King

Ellie KingEllie was born just south of Liverpool in the UK and trained in dance and drama before taking to the road as the bass player and singer with a touring band.  Subsequently she worked as a soubrette, magician’s assistant, cabaret act and as a member of a touring road show.

After moving to Canada in 1982 with her husband and two sons, she returned to her first love – theatre.  She has worked as the Artistic Director for Charades;  the Founding Artistic Director for the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre and since 2006 as the Managing Artistic Director for the Royal Canadian Theatre Company which she also founded.

She is well-known as an actor both in theatre, in animation and on screen, with her signature role of ‘Shirley Valentine’ still living in many people’s fond memories.

She is also a director – with over 70 productions to her credit – and a writer, producer, designer and scenic artist.  Together with her husband, they create an annual fantasy piece based usually on fairy-tales and legends.

She has been involved with teaching and mentoring all ages from very young to seniors of 80+ since the mid 1980s.

She holds qualifications from various institutions including LAMDA, The Guildhall School, RAD and others.

She and her husband Geoff have two sons:  one is a scientist and one a stand-up comedian, and together they serve the wishes of their parrot Thomas and their rescue dog Lula.