WHO WE ARE Founded in 2006 by the core creative team from the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre (2000 - 2005), RCTC presents professional and semi-professional plays and events in Surrey and New Westminster, also touring to other theatres in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We specialise in fun, entertaining theatre generally suitable for all ages.
WHAT WE DO We have a special Youth Mentorship programme which is FREE for all participants, and which culminates in our annual Christmas Panto. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, ability, background, culture or sexual identity and over the years we have helped many youngsters (and some 'not so youngsters'!) overcome issues such as anxiety, depression, behavioural issues and more. We give professional work to creatives in our community - the only theatre company East of Richmond to do so.We create and run the Amazing Cardboard Kingdom at Surrey Children's Festival each year.We operate the Studio at 10660 City Parkway, Surrey on behalf of the City of Surrey and sponsor and support other artists to use the facility, as well as presenting our own musical and other events there.
FOR OUR COMMUNITY We are the ONLY theatre company outside of Vancouver to offer Relaxed Performances* of our shows. These performances are adjusted to accommodate our audiences with intellectual or other disabilities, and are offered at 50% of regular ticket prices. We further give back to our communities by providing free tickets, participating in community events, offering work to local talented creatives and other volunteers and by keeping our ticket prices affordable.Members of our Team are also deeply involved in community activities - sitting on the Arts Council of Surrey and the Festival of Dance boards, taking part in the Surrey Board of Trade Tourism, Arts and Culture Team, Surrey Civic Treasures Round Tables and being active in many meetings, networking events, discussions and more pertaining to the arts. *in partnership with presenting venues.
What People Are Saying
"RCTC gives employment to local artists, and through their work they bring Surrey audiences extended choice. They provide mentorship opportunities for local youth in a variety of performing arts educational programs. I support their efforts to grow their company. "
— Kent Gallie, Performing Arts Manager, City of Surrey.
"It is an honour to endorse this letter of support for the Royal Canadian Theatre Company. The skill set of all participants is showcased, and less experienced cast and crew members are mentored and trained during the annual Holiday Season show in ways impossible to duplicate in any classroom . "
— H. Captain (Navy) Anita Huberman CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
"The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is a committed charitable Society, also the first company to bring Relaxed Performances .. to the community. RCTC practices diversity in all its operations, welcoming all and through its operations helps to build cross-cultural understanding. "
— Carol Girardi, President, Arts Council of Surrey