Rotary Club of London South

Deb Harvey - Grand Theater

 
Deb Harvey, Executive Director of the Grand Theater gave an enthusiastic presentation on the history and up coming season of on of London's premier attractions.  the Grand was built in 1901 and has gone through many changes in its 100+ years.  It has been a theater, cinema amateur theater and is now a professional production theater.  The building was purchased by Ambrose Small in 1905 holding 1,800 seats and was a road house featuring touring companies.  In 1919 Small sold the theater for $1 million walked out the door and was never seen again.  Still today rumours abound that his ghost haunts the theater.  
 
In 1971 the theater changed from an armature theater to the professional theater and became the Grand Theater.  The Grand has had many notable artistic directors including Robin Phillips and Martha Henry.  Many well known actors have strut the board including W.C. Fields, Sahara Bernhardt, Sidney Poitier, Jessica Tandy, Maggie Smith, and William Hutt.
 
The current Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum claims London as his home town and has created an outstanding line up for next season.  Some the productions will be Once, A Christmas Carol, Silence, Blind Date, A Thousand Splendid Suns. and Chariots of Fire.  Deb and Dennis's enthusiasm will lead to a successful season.