The Opening Act: Canadian Theatre History 1945-1953

By Susan McNicoll

Literary Nonfiction. Canadian Theater historical past. the traditional opinion is that pro Canadian theater started in 1953 with the founding of the Stratford pageant. yet Susan McNicoll asks how this would be, while nearly all of these taking the level at Stratford have been expert Canadian actors. to reply to this query, McNicoll delves into the interval to teach how in reality the unbroken chain of Canadian specialist theater started simply after international conflict , whilst a number of theater humans made up our minds that Canada wanted its personal expert theater teams. Drawing on own interviews with a few of the actors and administrators lively within the interval after the battle, McNicoll explores the function of such businesses as Everyman in Vancouver, New Play Society in Toronto, Canadian Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montreal, and lots of extra. In 1953 the Stratford Shakespeare competition eventually confirmed the area that Canada used to be prepared for heart level, however the genuine beginning theater occurred within the years prime as much as that second. the amount contains over 50 images of scenes from performs of the time and decisions from McNicoll's interviews with such luminaries as Christopher Plummer, pleasure Coghill, Amelia corridor, and Herbert Wittaker.

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