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If he was a movie star and he did not get in, that person should be fired, whoever refused to see him. I would have seen him. I would have known who he was. [If not] I certainly would have asked somebody: ‘Who is that guy?’

—ArtsClub Theatre artistic director Bill Millerd reacts to hearing about how his company missed the chance to hire Oscar nominated actor Colin Firth in the 1990s. Read more about Firth’s Vancouver days here

Vancouver Theatre Yearbook: From Cultural Olympiad to arts cuts

Theatre in Vancouver took off on a roller-coaster ride in 2010. From the exhilarating heights of the Cultural Olympiad to the deep depression of drastic cuts in government funding for the arts, our artistic community enters 2011 feeling a little queasy from all the ups and downs.

As an audience member with the wonderful job of planting my backside in an aisle seat and drinking in whatever’s on offer, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed myself more than in 2010. The year kicked off with a flurry of treats brought in to coincide with the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games, from big shows such as Bruce Ruddell’s Beyond Eden at the Playhouse or Robert Lepage’s The Blue Dragon in the new Wong Theatre at SFU Woodward’s to smaller stuff like Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland’s Fear of Flight or Catalyst Theatre’s Nevermore.

Local companies were no slouches, whether we watched the big players at the Arts Club make magic on three different stages or had fun with Theatre Melee’s Cozy Catastrophe, Patrick Street Productions’ Bat Boy: The Musical or the many little gems on offer in a Terminal Avenue warehouse at Hive 3.