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Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Closed

Vancouver theatre lovers got sad and shocking news. The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre closed its last curtain on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

According The Vancouver Sun, the decision to close the production company was financial: Despite receiving almost $1 million in bailout money from the city council last year, the Playhouse was still almost $1 million in debt. Playhouse Board Chair Jeff Schulz told The Sun, “We can’t continue operations with the amount of debt we have.”

The news is especially sad given that The Playhouse would have celebrated its 50th anniversary later this year, making it one of the oldest of Canada’s 15 large regional theatre companies.

The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre was an institution in Vancouver; created in 1962, it was the first professional theatre company in Vancouver. It was a leader in presenting original Canadian plays—it’s first Canadian play was Eric Nicol’s Like Father, Like Fun, in 1965—and a huge influence on other Vancouver theatre companies. Christopher Gaze, artistic director of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, credited the company with helping to “launch” the first Bard on the Beach.

There was an outcry Saturday night in front of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, where saddened fans rallied to lament the closure. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like anything can be done now to save this cherished Vancouver theatre.
 

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