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Hart House Theatre

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Hart House Theatre

Seating Capacity

454

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7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3H3

Venue on the campus of the University of Toronto campus. For years it was the hub of anglo-Canadian theatrical activity and creation. Built in 1919 and donated to the U of T in 1945, Hart House Theatre was not part of the Massey Foundation’s original gift of Hart House to the university and operated as a separate entity.

The Players Club, a resident company, was founded by Roy Mitchell in 1919 and according to later participant Mavor Moore was meant to be “a crucible for new theatre.” It also proved to be a magnificent vehicle for emerging young actors. From the second season of Mitchell’s company, there was always a Canadian play on the schedule.

The nature of the action at Hart House Theatre exploded after WWII when it became more distinctly a proving ground for actors on their way to professional careers (and its productions were often reviewed as such). Actors who passed through the theatre include: Charmion King, William Hutt, Kate Reid, Donald Harron, and Donald Sutherland among many others.

In 1966, the house became the stage for activities by the University’s Graduate centre for the Study of Drama. In 1974, it saw the long overdue premiere of Merrill Denison’s Marsh Hay (directed by Richard Plant), a work written over 50 years earlier.

From 1986, the Theatre was used primarily as a rental facility by groups external to the university and had relatively limited contact with student productions on campus.

In December, 2000, Hart House decided to integrate the venue into its cultural program. The Theatre is currently a focal point for the performing arts in the university community. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university use diverse mediums – drama, music, film, dance and spoken word – to explore and express emerging interests and ideas.

(Source: Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, www.CanadianTheatre.com. Additional information provided by Patrick Fothergill)


Recent and Upcoming Productions

7 Stories March 3rd, 2017 – March 11th, 2017
Carrie: the musical January 20th, 2017 – February 4th, 2017
Into the Woods January 15th, 2016 – January 30th, 2016
Hamlet November 4th, 2015 – November 21st, 2015
We the Family September 18th, 2015 – October 3rd, 2015
This Is For You, Anna February 27th, 2015 – March 7th, 2015
Jesus Christ Superstar January 16th, 2015 – January 31st, 2015
The Tempest November 5th, 2014 – November 22nd, 2014
The Importance of Being Earnest September 19th, 2014 – October 4th, 2014
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) February 28th, 2014 – March 8th, 2014
The Wedding Singer January 10th, 2014 – January 25th, 2014
Twelfth Night November 6th, 2013 – November 23rd, 2013
Bone Cage September 20th, 2013 – October 5th, 2013
Bent March 1st, 2013 – March 9th, 2013
Robin Hood: The Legendary Musical Comedy January 11th, 2013 – January 26th, 2013
Romeo & Juliet November 7th, 2012 – November 24th, 2012
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead September 21st, 2012 – October 6th, 2012
Cabaret January 13th, 2012 – January 28th, 2012
Macbeth November 9th, 2011 – November 26th, 2011
The Great American Trailer Park Musical September 23rd, 2011 – October 8th, 2011
Bullet For Adolf April 19th, 2011 – May 7th, 2011
Yellow Face March 4th, 2011 – March 12th, 2011
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels January 14th, 2011 – January 29th, 2011
Equus November 12th, 2010 – November 27th, 2010
Robertson Davies: The Peeled I March 3rd, 2010 – March 6th, 2010
High Fidelity January 15th, 2010 – January 30th, 2010
Jerry Springer – The Opera September 24th, 2009 – October 10th, 2009
Bare July 17th, 2009 – August 1st, 2009
Jerry Springer – The Opera January 16th, 2009 – January 31st, 2009
Banana Boys November 12th, 2008 – November 15th, 2008
Macbeth May 7th, 2008 – May 27th, 2008