Vertigo Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season

Vertigo Theatre showcases mystery theatre — and they do it very well. Their announcement this morning of their 2017/2018 BD&P Mystery Theatre Series includes world premieres and old classics that will offer up something for everyone. 

The season begins with the World Premiere of Nine Dragons by Jovanni Sy, a play which takes place in Kowloon and involves the murder of an upper-class European girl and the ambitious Chinese police detective looking for justice. Nine Dragons runs September 16 – October 15, 2017.

The second show in the season sees an adaptation of the classic Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps, wherein a man strives to prove his innocence when a beautiful spy is murdered. Check it out November 11 – December 16, 2017.

Rebecca Northan and Bruce Horak bring the World Premiere of their play Undercover to Vertigo early in 2018. Northan is known far and wide for her improvisational productions which involve audience participation, with this production seeing the participant become a rookie detective — sure to be a lot of fun! Book your ticket soon, the show runs January 13 – February 11, 2018.

Another classic being brought to the Vertigo stage in 2018 is the Canadian Premiere of Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem, which will be directed by former Vertigo artistic director Mark Bellamy, and feature Haysam Kadri and Karl Sine as Holmes and Watson. Sherlock Holmes runs May 12 – June 10, 2018. 

Mystery lovers can also look forward to a special co-production between Vertigo Theatre and One Yellow Rabbit as part of the 32nd High Performance Rodeo January 23 – 27 with True Crime, involving a prisoner, a musician, and described in Vertigo’s release as a “mind-twisting encounter with an artist obsessed with how we all fake it, one way or another.”

Subscriptions to the 2017/2018 BD&P Mystery Theatre Series can be purchased in person at the Vertigo Theatre Ticket Office, by phone at 403-221-3708 or on line at

Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of Fast Forward Weekly, and has continued to bring event listings to Calgary through her website, The Culture Cycle. Contact her at