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The Want of a Suitable Playhouse

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Library and Archives Canada: 16mm.
"Produced as part of a public relations campaign by the Shaw Festival to promote the development of a new Shaw Festival theatre - on the suggestion of Mavor Moore. Festival artistic director Paxton Whitehead and president Calvin G. Rand appear as on camera hosts introducing and concluding the film. Scenes from the Shaw production of Heartbreak House are shown featuring performances by Jessica Tandy, Tony Van Bridge, Frances Hyland and Paxton Whitehead. Also shown are excerpts from Irish actor Michael Macliammoir's one man production of The Importance of Being Oscar. The plays are performed at the Court House Theatre in cramped quarters with inadequate facilities as the film demonstrates. The theatre also doubles as a police station during the day and once housed the areas civic offices. Historical buildings and sites in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake are shown including Forts George and Mississauga, Niagara Falls and local colonial buildings. Backstage interviews with Jessica Tandy and Frances Hyland discussing the festival are also featured. Festival founder Brian Doherty conducts a tour as part of the Shaw seminar he coordinates."


Crawley Films, Free Films: Sources of Free 16mm Sponsored Films in Canada Compiled and Published by Crawley Films (Ottawa: Crawley Films, April 1969): 35.
"Stars and shows of the Shaw Festival Theatre, against a background of historic sites of Niagara-on-the-Lake."