By Sheila M.F. Johnston
"A attention-grabbing background of a superb previous theatre."
- Hume Cronyn
In September of 1901 London’s New Grand Opera apartment flung open its doorways. Boasting a stunning inside layout, and with the main glossy level apparatus on hand, the theatre was once sufficiently big to deal with over 1,700 consumers and the most important traveling indicates of the time. With impresario Ambrose J. Small on the helm, a brand new period in theatrical leisure began.
Throughout the subsequent hundred years, the Grand Theatre hosted every little thing from inventory businesses to minstrel indicates, from vaudeville to star-studded productions. the prestigious novice theatre corporation, London Little Theatre, made The Grand its domestic for many years. As Canadian theatre got here into its personal within the Nineteen Seventies, The Grand embraced specialist theatre prestige. all through these kind of alterations The Grand has remained London’s "Grand previous woman of Richmond Street." mythical performers from the earlier, together with the Marks Brothers, Anna Pavlova and John Gielgud have graced its huge level, as have such modern level stars as Hume Cronyn, William Hutt and Martha Henry.
This commonly researched ebook, lavishly illustrated, lovingly files the lifetime of The Grand. Theatre tales from each decade of The Grand’s vibrant existence abound all through. To learn this e-book is to come back to understand London’s Grand Theatre in all its architectural splendour and its legacy in Canadian theatre history.