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By Sheila M.F. Johnston

"A attention-grabbing heritage of a superb previous theatre."

- Hume Cronyn

In September of 1901 London's New Grand Opera residence flung open its doorways. Boasting a stunning inside layout, and with the main sleek level apparatus on hand, the theatre was once sufficiently big to deal with over 1,700 consumers and the biggest traveling exhibits 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 thing from inventory businesses to minstrel indicates, from vaudeville to star-studded productions. the distinguished novice theatre corporation, London Little Theatre, made The Grand its domestic for many years. As Canadian theatre got here into its personal within the Seventies, The Grand embraced expert theatre prestige. all through most of these alterations The Grand has remained London's "Grand outdated woman of Richmond Street." mythical performers from the prior, together with the Marks Brothers, Anna Pavlova and John Gielgud have graced its big level, as have such modern level stars as Hume Cronyn, William Hutt and Martha Henry.

This largely researched publication, lavishly illustrated, lovingly files the lifetime of The Grand. Theatre tales from each decade of The Grand's vibrant lifestyles abound all through. To learn this ebook is to come back to understand London's Grand Theatre in all its architectural splendour and its legacy in Canadian theatre history.

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If you cannot give her a room on the stage level she will agitate for a tent; and when she starts agitating, don't argue but surrender at once, even if it involves rebuilding the theatre; you will find it cheaper in the long run. When you have fixed her up comfortably in this respect you can then press her if necessary to keep pace with the stage staff. m. Mrs. Campbell wants to cut the play, partly because its length hurries her dressing and interferes MRS. PATRICK CAMPBELL AND PYGMALION On February 5,1916, the mercurial star Mrs.

Hence the reliance on "effects" that would heighten the excitement. A thundering train bearing down on a helpless heroine, perhaps, or the hero up to his neck in water in an airtight dungeon. Just as the movies of today promote the special effects viewers can thrill to, so the melodramas came to rely more and more on "mechanical" or "electrical" effects to lure audiences. The public seemed to have an insatiable appetite for the melo. Playgoers came to the opera house to watch as the hero saved the heroine, or, on a rare occasion, the heroine rescue the hero, so he could, just before the final curtain, rescue her.

I remember that I was shopping in Toronto and I had quite a few parcels and Ernie was going up to see Small, and he asked me if I'd like to go up to the office. I said no, I'd sit on the steps at the old Grand Opera House. I sat down and at once the door opened and this little fellow came in, Small. He wasn't a big man, and he had a moustache. ' And I said: 'Don't you remember me, Mr. ' And he said: 'Oh my God, it's you Kitty Marks! ' 'Well, I was too tired to go upstairs, Mr. ' 'Well, I see you're spending Ernie's money,' he said.

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