Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announces Talk Is Free Theatre’s 15th season!

To celebrate our 15th anniversary we have planned a season that spans the scope of our interests and priorities. It includes:

  • An innovative staging of a classic musical
  • Two world premieres of Canadian works
  • A co-production with one of Toronto’s most acclaimed companies
  • A production of a lost work from 1675
  • A groundbreaking tour to Iqaluit


bdd71cf7-0d97-405a-84ec-f8d552e9f337The Music Man
September 16 – October 1, 2016
Site-Specific, Citywide production

Book, Lyrics and Music by Meredith Willson
Directed by Herbie Barnes & Jennifer Stewart

Barrie becomes River City, Iowa in this innovative site-specific staging of the beloved musical.

The audience will travel throughout the city of Barrie to witness the story of con man Harold Hill unfold with downtown locations as the ‘set’ of the production.


The Wedding Party
December 1 – 10, 2016
World Premiere Comedy

Written byKT
Kristen Thomson
Directed by
Chris Abraham
Based on characters created with
Trish Lindström
Tony Nappo
Moya O’Connell
Tom Rooney
Bahia Watson

In Co-Production With
Crow’s Theatre

From the award-winning creators of the beloved play I, Claudia, Kristen Thomson and director Chris Abraham comes a new comedy about two families, a wedding, mistaken identities, and love, love, love!

With their latest creation, The Wedding Party, they invite the audience to take a seat ringside on the big day, while an astonishing cast of the country’s leading actors including Trish Lindström, Tony Nappo, Moya O’Connell, Tom Rooney, and Kristen Thomson herself, hit the dance floor, drink too much, and try to get along.


The Libertine
January 5 – 14, 2017Libertine
Rediscovered Classic Drama

Written by
Thomas Shadwell

Directed and Adapted by
Jeannette Lambermont-Morey

Jakob Ehman

The Princess Bride meets The Three Musketeers meets the decline of western civilization in this ultimate retelling of the Don Juan story.

A satirical comedy-tragedy fit for the 21st century where materialism and physical pleasure rule the day. Hilarious and scorching, this 350-year old play takes you on a ride from hedonism to hell, full of swash-buckle and bravado.


March 2 – 11, 2017
World Premiere Musical

Developed and Performed byJakobE
Alessandro Costantini, Colleen Dauncey, Sarah English, Izad Etemadi, Rose Napoli, Nicholas Porteous, Akiva Romer-Segal, Vanessa Smythe and Andy Trithardt
Directed by
Jakob Ehman

A young woman leaves behind a remarkable work of art with profound ramifications, inextricably linking the lives of those touched by it after she is gone.

Some of Canada’s most exciting young talents have collectively created this exciting musical and theatrical exploration of what becomes of our personal and artistic legacies.


Tales of an Urban Indian
Summer 2016
Tour to Iqaluittale

Written by
Darrell Dennis
Directed by
Herbie Barnes

TIFT’s hit production of this play staged on a city bus is back – in Iqaluit.

Having been previously staged twice in Barrie, and once in Hannibal, Missouri, we are thrilled to bring this one man play about a First Nations man’s life journey as he is transplanted from a reservation to downtown Vancouver to Canada’s most northern capital city.


cfBarrie International Comedy Festival
May 18 – June 4, 2017
New Month for Barrie’s Most Hilarious Festival

Barrie’s favourite laugh out loud festival is moving to May starting in 2017.

More information on the lineup will be released closer to the time of the festival.



Subscriptions will be on sale from April 14, 2016.
Single tickets are on sale from July 11, 2016.
For more information or to book, please visit or contact (705) 792-1949.