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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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Her Majesty's Theatre

The 1,000-seat The Prince of Wales Theatre in Ottawa, opened in 1856 as Her Majesty's Theatre and renamed when the Prince visited Canada in 1860 to lay the cornerstone of the Parliament Buildings, has its original name restored and serves as a touring house for primarily British and American companies until 1871.

Thomas Bush's poetic verse drama Santiago: A Drama in Five Acts is printed in Hamilton and published by Rollo & Adam in Toronto. Based in part on a contemporary incident, a disastrous church fire in South America in which 2,000 persons perished, the drama shows a world of evil that is destroyed by an atavistic force of retribution, punishing both guilty and innocent alike.