Lunchbox Theatre is recognized as one of the most successful noon hour theatre companies in the world. From a foundation of one-act plays, we’re committed to creating and performing high quality theatrical works.
Lunchbox Theatre delivers a unique experience to its audience – upbeat performances in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy the play while you eat your lunch! This audience-friendly approach makes Lunchbox Theatre an ideal place to introduce theatre to new audiences, young and old.
History of Lunchbox Theatre
Lunchbox Theatre was founded in 1975 by Bartley and Margaret Bard and Betty Gibb to present live theatre during the lunch hour for downtown shoppers and workers.
Lunchbox Theatre presented one-act comedies, musicals and revues in four different theatre spaces in downtown Calgary’s Bow Valley Square until the 2008-2009 season, when the company relocated to the base of the Calgary Tower.
Suncor Energy Stage One Festival
Through the Suncor Stage One Festival Lunchbox Theatre has become Canada's leading development source and producer of new one-act plays. At the end of each season, Lunchbox Theatre holds a series of readings of new works and invites audience members to give feedback during a discussion period. The Suncor Energy Stage One Festival has shown that a small Calgary-based company can create world-class works that have the potential for impact far beyond our city.
RBC Emerging Director Program
In a further contribution to nurturing Canadian talent, Lunchbox Theatre is also home to the RBC Emerging Director Program. Through the support of the RBC Foundation, This program affords mentoring and practical experience to promising up-and-coming directors who have the opportunity to work with leading theatre directors throughout the Lunchbox Theatre season, and then direct a showcase production of their own.