Galileo Design by Herb Whittaker

New Online Exhibit:

Herbert Whittaker:
Designing for the Theatre

This new exhibit features designs by Herbert Whittaker, and is part of an exciting new partnership with The Google Cultural Institute.

Theatre Museum Goes Backstage

You can find video recordings of our Theatre Museum Goes Backstage series of public learning events HERE.

Stay Tuned: We will post information on upcoming events here.


News and Events

Julia Arthur as Juliet

Our Leaving Ladies:
Canadian Actresses Starring on World Stages from the 1840s to 1940s

On now until spring 2019

Exhibit curated
by Dr. Cecilia Morgan

and designed
by Matthew Dunleavy


Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History
Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto.

A new exhibit celebrating Canadian women of the stage whose talent was recognized in theatres around the world.

Canadians like Beatrice Lillie, Margaret Anglin, May Irwin and Julia Arthur were the toast of Broadway and London’s West End theatres.

But how did these women from Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Cobourg Ontario find stardom? The exhibit explores their childhoods, private lives, careers and celebrity

Coming to see a show at Hart House Theatre? The exhibit is available to audience members and the general public half an hour before each show.

IMAGE:Julia Arthur as Juliet (1899),
Courtesy of Library of Congress Theatrical poster collection.

Trying to remember who was in that show you loved? This new website is for you

Theatre Museum Canada is delighted to present a new website project recording the production history and performance dates of Toronto’s professional theatre: The Toronto Theatre Database Project (www.ttdb.ca).

The preview launch includes over 400 plays produced in the last five years. This is a work in progress. We plan to include plays from past decades, and from across the country.

King Blue sets the stage for Theatre Museum Canada

When King Blue by Greenland Condominiums takes its place in the Toronto skyline at the corner of King Street West and Blue Jays Way, it will house a unique component to which no other condo development in the country can lay claim — it will be home to Theatre Museum Canada.


Actor Ron Braden (1931-2012) celebrates a life in the theatre with charitable gift in his will

With profound gratitude Theatre Museum Canada thanks actor Ron Braden for the charitable gift of $548,000 made in his Will.  The largest donation ever made to Theatre Museum Canada, it creates The Gertrude Isobelle Braden Fund, named after his mother, and will preserve Canadian theatre heritage for future generations.

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