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  • The Future of the Legitimate Theatre
    Text  Colbourne, Maurice, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1932), 18 Feb 1932, 74-86     The immediate future of the legitimate theatre intimately dependent upon the press. Dealing with some popular misconceptions about the theatre. A slogan for the professional theatre, coined by Sir Henry Irving: "The theatre that does not pay is dead." Asking and responding to the question, "IS the theatre paying?" The ...
    Text  Colbourne, Maurice, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1932), 18 Feb 1932, 74-86   The immediate future of the legitimate theatre intimately dependent upon the press. Dealing with some popular misconceptions about the theatre. A slogan for the professional theatre, coined by Sir Henry ...
  • The Theatre As We Know It
    Text  Hardwicke, Sir Cedric, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1939), 13 Oct 1938, 41-54     The speaker's experience in the theatre over the last 25 years. His witness to the theatre ceasing to be an important aspect of the town. Comments on the general lack of knowledge of the theatre. A discussion of the need for a theatre. Trying to do something to get back ...
    Text  Hardwicke, Sir Cedric, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1939), 13 Oct 1938, 41-54   The speaker's experience in the theatre over the last 25 years. His witness to the theatre ceasing to be an important aspect of the town. Comments on the general lack ...
  • The Theatre as a Desirable Cultural Force
    Text  Hardwicke, Sir Cedric, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1937), 24 Feb 1937, 238-245     The theatre as a cultural force. The drama, "the simplest expression of man, his passions, moods, feelings, character, has been assailed by all forms of mechanical entertainment." Competition from movies and radio resulting in better theatre. Economic difficulties in the professional theatre. The confinement of the drama to the large ...
    Text  Hardwicke, Sir Cedric, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1937), 24 Feb 1937, 238-245   The theatre as a cultural force. The drama, "the simplest expression of man, his passions, moods, feelings, character, has been assailed by all forms of mechanical entertainment." Competition from movies ...
  • The Theatre in Europe and the Americas
    Text  Valk, Frederick, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1956), 20 Oct 1955, 50-57     A brief discussion of the Art of Acting. Some words on the theatre. Some history, background and origins. The Greek theatre. The general plight of artists. Subsidized theatre. Canadian theatre and the lack of government subsidy. The Crest Theatre in Toronto. The speaker's belief that Canada's theatre has a future ...
    Text  Valk, Frederick, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1956), 20 Oct 1955, 50-57   A brief discussion of the Art of Acting. Some words on the theatre. Some history, background and origins. The Greek theatre. The general plight of artists. Subsidized theatre. Canadian theatre ...
  • Our Responsibility to the English Speaking Theatre
    Text  Hamilton, Clayton, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1929), 19 Apr 1928, 144-156     The drama which is enacted in the theatre from the point of view of the playwrights, directors, actors or producers. The audience as partners in the theatre business and collaborators in the creation of dramatic art. The public the only partner which furnishes the capital on which alone the business ...
    Text  Hamilton, Clayton, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1929), 19 Apr 1928, 144-156   The drama which is enacted in the theatre from the point of view of the playwrights, directors, actors or producers. The audience as partners in the theatre business and collaborators ...
  • The Future of the Theatre
    Text  Massey, Raymond, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1934), 8 Feb 1934, 438-449     The theatre as one of Canada's cherished institutions. Current issues with regard to the theatre. The continuing theatre. The theatre as the soul of the entertainment business. A discussion as to whether the talking pictures or television will kill or even affect the theatre. Comparisons between the stage and the ...
    Text  Massey, Raymond, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1934), 8 Feb 1934, 438-449   The theatre as one of Canada's cherished institutions. Current issues with regard to the theatre. The continuing theatre. The theatre as the soul of the entertainment business. A discussion as ...
  • The Stratford Experience
    Text  Cimolino, Antoni, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 2008), 15 Jun 2007, 465-480     Reference to Richard Monette, 14 years as Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. The future. First, a few minutes looking at the past. A history of the Festival. Tom Patterson's vision. The Guthrie theatre. Challenges. Factors beyond control. Government funding. Approaching the future with a team of brilliant artistic directors. ...
    Text  Cimolino, Antoni, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 2008), 15 Jun 2007, 465-480   Reference to Richard Monette, 14 years as Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. The future. First, a few minutes looking at the past. A history of the Festival. Tom Patterson's ...
  • The Theatre
    Text  Thorndike, Dame Sybil, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1935), 21 Feb 1935, 260-274     Some words on the theatre. The rivalry of the cinema and its anticipated effects. Some words on the theatre and the cinema together. The great need of human beings of personal expression, fulfilled in various ways. The function of the theatre. What the theatre stands for, distinct from the cinema. ...
    Text  Thorndike, Dame Sybil, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1935), 21 Feb 1935, 260-274   Some words on the theatre. The rivalry of the cinema and its anticipated effects. Some words on the theatre and the cinema together. The great need of human beings of ...
  • Challenge of Our Time
    Text  Neville, John, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1957), 4 Oct 1956, 1-9     Impressions of the Canadian theatre. The need for Canadians to support Canadian theatre in many ways. Canada's recent participation at the world famous International Festival at Edinburgh, and the importance of that event. Difficulties encountered in Edinburgh by the Canadians. The need for Canadians to continue to go and perform ...
    Text  Neville, John, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1957), 4 Oct 1956, 1-9   Impressions of the Canadian theatre. The need for Canadians to support Canadian theatre in many ways. Canada's recent participation at the world famous International Festival at Edinburgh, and the importance ...
  • Humour
    Text  Hicks, Seymour, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1929), 16 Feb 1928, 47-55     The theatre in its relation to the life of the Empire. Effects of the war on the theatre in England. Our greatest heritage of language. Some comments on "movie talk." Sending over good actors with the best companies to play the English classics for the young Canadian people as one ...
    Text  Hicks, Seymour, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1929), 16 Feb 1928, 47-55   The theatre in its relation to the life of the Empire. Effects of the war on the theatre in England. Our greatest heritage of language. Some comments on "movie talk." ...
  • The War As It Affects the Theatrical Profession
    Text  Faversham, William, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1917), 25 Nov 1915, 7-11     A personal anecdote of an experience the speaker had at a meeting of the Drama League some few years ago. The speaker's great belief in education through drama, and his firm conviction that the theatre is the greatest educational force there is, seconded only by the great daily press. What ...
    Text  Faversham, William, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1917), 25 Nov 1915, 7-11   A personal anecdote of an experience the speaker had at a meeting of the Drama League some few years ago. The speaker's great belief in education through drama, and his ...
  • Shakespeare in War and Peace
    Text  Wolfit, Donald, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1947), 30 Jan 1947, 174-187     The speaker's memories of a tour in Canada when he played "The Barrets of Wimpole Street" and other plays under the direction of Sir Barry Jackson. Ties between Canada and Britain. The works of William Shakespeare as the greatest ambassador in the world. The significant contribution of Shakespeare. Some history ...
    Text  Wolfit, Donald, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1947), 30 Jan 1947, 174-187   The speaker's memories of a tour in Canada when he played "The Barrets of Wimpole Street" and other plays under the direction of Sir Barry Jackson. Ties between Canada and ...
  • An Address by Mr. Walter Huston
    Text  Huston, Walter, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1935), 25 Apr 1935, 361-373     The speaker's personal reminiscences, interspersed with many anecdotes pertaining to vaudeville. Memories from the speaker's childhood. Mr. Huston's family. Some words about Miss May Irwin, one of the Canadians who was a great help to the speaker during his vaudeville experience. Stories about George M. Cohan. Some words on the ...
    Text  Huston, Walter, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1935), 25 Apr 1935, 361-373   The speaker's personal reminiscences, interspersed with many anecdotes pertaining to vaudeville. Memories from the speaker's childhood. Mr. Huston's family. Some words about Miss May Irwin, one of the Canadians who ...
  • Empire and Drama
    Text  Harvey, Martin, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1915), 26 Feb 1914, 157-165     Ways in which, by means of the drama, actors from the Old Country may help in a modest way to knit together those bonds which hold our Empire together. The drama as an instrument of appeal to the great mass of the people. The use of serious drama as an ...
    Text  Harvey, Martin, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1915), 26 Feb 1914, 157-165   Ways in which, by means of the drama, actors from the Old Country may help in a modest way to knit together those bonds which hold our Empire together. The ...
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