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“Nice addition to Cambridge”

Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Cambridge
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The spectacular new Dunfield Theatre Cambridge is located at 46 Grand Avenue South in Cambridge. Situated in a historic downtown setting along the Grand River, this stunning 500-seat theatre facility is conveniently positioned near great shopping, exquisite dining, beautiful architecture, luxurious accommodation and a wide range of fascinating attractions.Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge is a state-of-the art facility with world class acoustics and excellent sightlines that provide unparalleled intimacy between the audience and the stage.
Cambridge, Canada
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“Nice addition to Cambridge”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Were planning to visit and watch a play from the long time. this is an amazing experience, place is modern great service and atmoshhere. Definitely a great addition to downtown galt, Cambridge.

Visited March 2014
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“Twist & Shout at the Dunfield”
Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Twist and Shout was magnificent! The cast and orchestra replicated the music brilliantly....the humour was delightful....a truly fabulous production.
This was the third time we have been to the Dunfield since it opened.
Mary Poppins, then Peter Pan, now Twist & Shout....
We are thrilled to have this first class venue so close to home!
Don't miss out!

Visited March 2014
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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“A Rockin Good Show From The '60s!”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Drayton knows how to please its fans while adding cash to its pockets to help finance expensive productions. The formula – tribute shows, runaway hits like Big Band Legends, Country Legends and Legends of Rock and Roll. Thus, it was a no-brainer to launch its second season at the sparkling Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge with a revival of their most popular production, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion.

The show transports one back to the early '60s and those musical groups that helped change the world. It’s written and directed by Alex Mustakas, Drayton’s Artistic Director who claims, “The British music that took North America by storm after The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show continues to inspire generations today.”

Mustakas cleverly employs ‘60s technology and media, including amusing black and white TV ads for products such as Dristan to frame an amazing total of 64 hit songs by the likes of The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits and more, sung by a talented 13-member cast under the guise of the The Roy Solomon Show hosted by genial Ted Simonett who mimics Ed Sullivan and gets to sing along with the other performers – Jayme Armstrong, Alex Black, Lindsay Croxall, Gerrad Everard, Christine Glen, Jennifer Kee, Duff MacDonald, Robert Markus, Sarah Matton, Nicholas Nesbitt, Yvan Pedneault and Nick Settimi.

The group sings well, but some shine such as Christine Glen with Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger and Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man. Yvan Pedneault belts out a wonderful rendition of Procul Harum’s soulful A Whiter Shade of Pale while Nick Settimi and Sarah Matton add comic relief (and set changes) with their humorous magic act and Duff MacDonald meanders aimlessly about the aisles as an inebriated Donovan singing Mellow Yellow.

The performers tackle every number with great enthusiasm, from rock and roll anthems like I Saw Her Standing There, Satisfaction, and You Really Got Me to soul classics like He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother to ballads like You Don't Own Me and You Don't Have To Say You Love Me. There's a tribute to Broadway musicals with a British theme, featuring selections from Camelot, Oliver! and My Fair Lady. But the show starts and ends with golden Beatles tunes performed by Gerrad Everard, Duff MacDonald, Robert Markus and Yvan Pedneault. We are reminded that they arrived in NYC in 1964 eleven weeks after U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas and that at one time on Billboard, in Gretzky-like fashion, they claimed the top five songs on the charts.

Under Music Director, Robert Foster, the show features a live, five-piece band, often in a see-through studio suspended above the stage. Choreographer Gino Berti reflects the ‘60s dancing and adds the simple (and inane) hand movements of the groups to great effect. Jeff Johnston Collins creates wonderful lighting and Jessica Bray’s costumes are spot on. Richard Lawlor and Craig Guthrie’s sets help the audience feel like they are part of a ‘60s television studio audience.

The attractive Dunfield Theatre overlooks the Grand River in Galt, one of three towns that amalgamated into Cambridge in 1973. (The other two – Preston & Hespeler) With its attractive and see-through front wall of glass à la Toronto’s opera house, it invites one to enter into its pristine lobby, and there, one feels IKEA-like, amidst a simple yet, pragmatic edifice without any flashy accoutrements, a 500 seat theatre with ample room between rows, comfortable seats, good sight-lines an excellent acoustics.

Designed by Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects whose firm also designed Cambridge’s new city hall and costing $14 million, the new theatre was built thanks to a partnership between the governments of Canada and Ontario, the City of Cambridge, Drayton Entertainment, and a donation from Dunfield Retirement Homes. Under one roof, it houses administration offices, production, performance space and a short-stay residence for actors. It’s part of the Drayton Entertainment family, which includes the Drayton Festival Theatre (Drayton), King’s Wharf Theatre (Penetanguishene), Huron Country Playhouse & Playhouse II (Grand Bend), and the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse & Schoolhouse Theatre (St. Jacobs).

The 500-seat theatre features beech wood and split-face grey concrete block. The 22-inch seats are one inch wider than normal with an extra 1.5 inches between rows. Mary Poppins enjoyed almost sold-out performances before its run ended last year in late April, and tonight at the opening performance of Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, Mr. Mustakas gleefully reported that they sold over 100,000 seats here in their first season. He was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year prize in Entertainment just before the show.

Visited March 2014
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Cambridge, Canada
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“Great Theatre”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

I can't say enough about this theatre! Very professional acting with a great selection of plays throughout the year. Looking forward to the beginning of the new season, especially with the upcoming Les Miserables!!

Visited December 2013
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Cambridge
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“Twist and Shout - A must see”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

We just went to the theatre for the show "Twist and Shout" and it was wonderful. The singing and dancing was as good as we have seen or better. You will get your monies worth, it started at 2pm with a 15 minute intermission and went until 4:45pm. It was about the British Invasion so they sang songs from the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Hollies, The Animals and so many more.
It is as good as the shows in Niagara Falls or even better, we totally enjoyed it. The singers
and dancers were so good.

Visited March 2014
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