We're returning from summer with a rejuvenated website. How refreshing!

27th Season


This summer we were not sitting under an umbrella on a beach with our feet in the sand relaxing to the sound of the waves. Oh wait, yes we were. But we also managed to get a great deal of work done, and are thrilled to draw your attention to our refreshed website. Check out the depth and breadth of ...

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A historic season of firsts and a sneak peek into the future

2016/17 Season wrap-up

Right from the beginning we knew this season was going to be one for the history books with our debut in Macau and our first show in Cantonese! There have been many other firsts this year, including performances with some great new partners like the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra.

     But of course, this was not ...

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Celebrating 25 years of laughter, tears and musical masterpieces with the Gimquat

25 Years of Gimquat


     You know that a show resonates with audiences when it is still in high demand 25 years after its premiere. How the Gimquat Found her Song premiered on October 27, 1991 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony under the baton of Mario Duschenes. That's right, the father of our Artistic Director Peter Duschenes.

     Since its debut, the Gimquat has enthralled more ...

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Presto, Mambo! A new favourite with audiences

Presto Mambo - A new favourite

Not only are we celebrating 25 years of How the Gimquat Found her Song, but we can't believe that our newest show Presto, Mambo! just celebrated two years of rave reviews from audiences and orchestras alike! This is our most innovative and interactive show yet, featuring musical selections from across the Americas that get audiences up and out of ...

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Kids and Mental Health

Presto Mambo

How music and theatre can help little people deal with big feelings


Mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, are a growing challenge for young people. Going to the theatre can be an important tool in helping them understand and deal with their feelings. At Platypus Theatre we take seriously the responsibility of presenting positive role models for children.


In ...

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Check out our new Presto, Mambo! video

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25 years ago today...

Gimquat then and now

It was on October 27, 1991 at 1:30 p.m. at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener, Ontario that Gimquat made her stage debut.  Since then she has travelled to 59 orchestras on 3 continents, performed more than 200 times, won several awards and twice been the star of her own television specials!  And she's still going ...

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A busy 25th anniversary season for the Gimquat!

25 YEARS...

HUNDREDS OF SHOWS...

MORE THAN A QUARTER MILLION AUDIENCE MEMBERS... AND STILL GOING STRONG!
This year, our heart-warming story about a down-hearted bird who travels through time and across continents to find her song, celebrates a remarkable quarter-century milestone. In the past 25 years, 59 orchestras on three continents have presented Gimquat to their audiences, including many repeat ...

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Next season will be a season of firsts; including presenting a show in both English and Cantonese!


We're thrilled to be working with three new partner orchestras next season. First with the Macao Orchestra, where we'll present our very own Peter and the Wolf, in both English and Cantonese. The show returns later on in the season (just in English this time) when we work with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for the first time ...

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This month, Platypus Theatre sold out concert halls in North Carolina and California


This month we had the pleasure of working with the North Carolina Symphony to present one of our most requested original shows - Emily Saves the Orchestra. Last year, as part of our 25th anniversary season, we commissioned beautiful new illustrations and promotional photos for each of the eight shows on our roster. As you can see here, the North Carolina ...

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