Our Theatres in Red

Written on September 24th, 2020

Live Theatres across Canada were lit in red on September 22, 2020 as a reminder of what has been lost. No live theatre productions means that many people are unemployed: creative teams (writers, directors, choreographers, musical directors), cast members (actors, singers, dancers), musicians, crew members (designers and technicians in lighting and sound), costume designers and creators, stage managers, and more, not to mention all the office workers, ticket sales, box office, promotion, websites, and on and on. Then think of all the spin-off businesses – restaurants, pubs, shops, accommodations.

These theatres have been closed since March with no re-opening in the foreseeable future. So here are just a few of my favourite places in red – I have been in the audience in all these theatres. Well, except for the new Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford. Few people have been inside it as yet. But I have enjoyed many productions in the old Tom Patterson.

Thank you to all the staff members at these various theatres who took the photos and posted them online. (If you’d like a photo credit, please contact me, and I would be pleased to add it.) If anyone has a photo of a theatre in red that I can add here, please send it along.

The Capitol Theatre, Port Hope – my new home town.

The Blyth Festival, Blyth

Victoria Playhouse, Petrolia

Grand Theatre, London

St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, part of Drayton Entertainment’s seven venues.

Royal George Theatre, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Stratford Festival Theatre, Stratford

Avon Theatre, Stratford

The brand new Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford. So new it hasn’t held an audience yet.

Neptune Theatre, Halifax

The Princess of Wales, Mirvish Theatres, Toronto

The Royal Alexandra, Mirvish Theatres, Toronto

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Toronto

The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton

The Globe Theatre, Regina

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg

The Charlottetown Festival, Confederation Centre of the Arts, P.E.I.

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