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If on a Christmas Night…
Se una notte a Natale…

World Premiere

3 WEEKS ONLY! DECEMBER 4 – 23, 2018
Columbus Centre

Audiences and Critics Love “If on a Christmas Night…”

“Once again, DLT has created a beautiful piece of theatre full of warmth and charm that allows its audience to move away from the excessive sentimentality of Christmas and affords them that space to be contemplative while still having a great time. I encourage you to check it out.”
                                                                   – Wayne Leung, Mooney on Theatre

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Heart-bursting, joyful, collaborative, wonderfully immersive, beautifully producedYou don’t have to celebrate Christmas or be Italian to appreciate this wonderful embracing show.”
                                               – Lynn Slotkin, Lynn Slotkin & The Slotkin Letter

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Presented by Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre, and created by internationally acclaimed theatre company DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT), “If on a Christmas Night…” is an interactive and immersive theatrical experience specifically designed for the Columbus Centre.

This world premiere production presents a series of adventurous and comical situations around the celebration of Christmas, through the lens of Italian and Italian-Canadian culture. Moving through a sequence of interactions with the actors and at different locations, the spectators are invited to gather, meet each other and build a new community, in an intimate performance experience. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this charming and unforgettable holiday show with your family and friends!

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will help support Villa Charities Foundation in their mission to provide funding for culturally sensitive senior care, and educational and cultural programs in music, dance and visual arts.

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Written and Directed by Daniele Bartolini

Produced by Villa Charities Inc. and Columbus Centre

Assistant Direction by Michele Andrei

Co-created and Performed by Franco Berti, Danya Buonastella, Rory de Brouwer, Vincent Leblanc Beaudoin, Raylene Turner and Daniele Bartolini

Production Design and Interactive Environments: Anahita Dehbonehie and Franco Berti

Costume Design: Anahita Dehbonehie

Production Manager: Raylene Turner

Sound Design: Matteo Ciardi

Volunteer Coordinator: Bruna Di Giuseppe-Bertoni


Watch Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Feature with TLN

Watch Interview with Daniele Bartolini from Nota Bene con Antonio on Mediaset Italia

Watch The Teaser Video


Previews Tuesday, December 4 – Thursday, December 6 at 8:00pm*
World Premiere Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm
Performance Schedule Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 23
Tuesdays – Fridays – 8:00pm
Saturdays – 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:30pm (VIP Package available for 6:30pm)
Sundays – 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:30pm

*Tickets for Previews, VIP Packages or Corporate Packages must be purchased in person or by phone only. No Performances on Monday, December 10 and Monday, December 17

Show Duration: 90 minutes with no intermission

Suitable for ages 6 and up



Previews $25.00
General Admission Adults: $40.00
Children (Ages 6-12): $20.00
Seniors (65+), Students (Ages 13-25) and Artists: $25.00

Family Experience Package

The Family Experience Package is for up to a family of four (two adults and two children).


VIP Dinner and Theatre Package – Available for World Premiere and Saturday, 6:30pm performances only

$150.00 (includes show ticket, meet and greet, dinner, wine, taxes and gratuities)

Enjoy a spectacular theatre and Christmas dining experience with our VIP Dinner and Theatre Package. Before the show, indulge in a seasonal, prix-fixe gourmet dinner at Ristorante Boccaccio, specially prepared by Executive Chef Gino Marchetti. You’ll also receive behind-the-scenes access with an exclusive post-show meet and greet with the actors and production team.


Corporate Packages


Book a private showing of “If on A Christmas Night” for your next corporate event or holiday party! Package includes 20 show tickets and a prix-fixe dinner for your group at Ristorante Boccaccio (wine, taxes and gratuities included). You’ll also receive behind-the-scenes access with an exclusive post-show meet and greet with the actors and production team. We can also customize a package to meet your specific corporate or social entertaining needs.


About DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT): The foundation of their work is what they call Audience Specific Theatre, highly interactive creations where the role of the audience is shifted from viewer to actor. Their work is site-specific and often urban-immersive, where the downtown or neighbourhood of a city is turned into a stage to be explored by the participants of the experience.

About Daniele Bartolini: An award-winning director, playwright, producer, installation artist and performer Daniele Bartolini was born in Florence, Italy and is now based in Toronto, Canada. He is the Artistic Director of DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) and his creations are presented in Canada, Europe and India.

Awards and Nominations: Daniele is a recipient of the RBC Newcomer Art Access Prize and finalist of the Telus Newcomer Artist Award. The Stranger received a nomination for the Critic’s Award “Premio Rete Critica” from the Italian theatre Magazine PaneAcquaCulture for the edition at the Kilowatt Festival. Daniele Bartolini and DLT are the artists in residence at Villa Charities Inc. 

For ticket packages or to purchase tickets in person or by phone, please contact:
Columbus Centre
Arts, Youth & Culture Department, 2nd Floor, Room 201
Kaitlin Saito – Production Coordinator
901 Lawrence Ave West, Toronto, ON M6A 1C3
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

By phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 250
Email: rsvp@villacharities.com


Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON