Bygone Theatre was founded in October 2012 by Emily Dix, Matthew McGrath and Thomas Beattie. Our first production, John Patrick Shanley's Doubt: A Parable was a co-production with University of Toronto drama company, the UC Follies (January 2013). That same year we went on to mount the classic thriller, Dial M For Murder, better known as the 1950s Hitchcock film of the same name. Since then, Bygone has continued to produce plays that are strongly connected to classic Hollywood, be it through the presentation of plays better known for their film adaptations (Rope, Wait Until Dark, Loot); stage adaptations of classic films (His Girl Friday, The Rear Window); or shows heavily influenced by classic cinema tropes and aesthetics (Kill Sister, Kill! A Musical, A Night With Frank & Judy, A Rat-Packed Christmas, The Cab(aret) Before Christmas). In October of 2015, Bygone became a registered non-profit and formed its first Board of Directors. In 2019 Bygone was nominated for Best Community Theatre by Broadway World Toronto.
Bygone Theatre strives to create and produce historically accurate theatre with classic cinema tropes and aesthetics. We serve Toronto by; producing character driven stories written or set during the early to mid twentieth century; educating students and audience members on our shows and their place in history; providing artists with practical training and advice on how to produce quality period productions as an independent theatre artist.
Bygone Theatre's goal is to promote the growth and development of independent theatre in Toronto through production, education and outreach. We produce character-driven stories that are written or set in the early to mid twentieth century in an attempt to connect audiences to parts of our past that remain relevant and intriguing today. Through education initiatives such as classroom workshops and student matinees, we connect younger generations to pieces of history they are unlikely to encounter elsewhere, while also fostering youth interest and participation in theatre production. Outreach initiatives connect Bygone with other historically-focused groups in Toronto, further strengthening our city's cultural heritage. Bygone's commitment to accessible theatre is shown through our use of wheelchair accessible venues; our various ticket discounts for disadvantaged, underserved and minority communities; and inclusion of artists of all skill and experience levels both on and off stage, including training positions for those who are new to a role.
Bygone Theatre is committed to developing a long-term sustainability plan that incorporates a commitment to diversity, equity and accessibility; social responsibility; and environmental stewardship.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Broadway World Toronto, 2019:
WINNER Best Direction - Emily Dix, The Rear Window
WINNER Best Original Lighting Design - Wes Babcock, The Rear Window
WINNER Best Actor in a Leading Role - Tristan Claxton, The Rear Window
WINNER Best Actress in a Featured Role - Kate McArthur, The Rear Window
WINNER Best Cabaret Performance - Thomas Finn, A Rat Packed Christmas
NOMINEE Best Play, Equity - The Rear Window
NOMINEE Best Independent Production - The Rear Window
NOMINEE Best Actress in a Leading Role - Kate McArthur, The Rear Window
NOMINEE Best Actor in a Featured Role - Alex Clay, Tristan Claxton, The Rear Window
NOMINEE Best Original Set Design - Emily Dix, The Rear Window
NOMINEE Best Original Costume Design - Emily Dix, The Rear Window
NOMINEE Best Cabaret Performance - Thomas Finn, Crooning Comics
NOMINEE Best Community Theatre - Bygone Theatre
Broadway World Toronto, 2018
WINNER Best Cabaret Performance - Thomas Finn, A Night With Frank & Judy