The 1800s

The 1700s

The 1600s

1880

1900

1920

1940

1960

1980

2000

2020

186518661867186818691870187118721873187418751876187718781879188018811882188318841885188618871888188918901891189218931894189518961897189818991900190119021903190419051906190719081909191019111912191319141915191619171918191919201921192219231924192519261927192819291930193119321933193419351936193719381939194019411942194319441945194619471948194919501951195219531954195519561957195819591960196119621963196419651966196719681969197019711972197319741975197619771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020

Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

previous entry 1903 next entry

Martin-Harvey as Romantic hero in The Only Way

John Martin-Harvey makes the first of eight Canadian tours (returning in 1914, 1921, 1923-24, 1925-26, 1928, 1929-30 and 1932) performing in romantic plays such as Leopold Lewis's The Bells, John Rutherford's The Breed of the Threshams, Dion Boucicault's The Corsican Brothers and Freeman Wills's and Canon Langbridge's The Only Way, an adaptation of Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities. The critic for the Toronto Evening Telegram writes in 1926, "Inextricably bound together in the loyalties of theatre lovers of the Old Land and of the Dominion are Martin-Harvey and The Only Way." Robertson Davies, a great admirer of Martin-Harvey's non-naturalistic nineteenth century romantic acting style, fictionalizes a cross-Canada tour by Sir John and his actress wife Nina de Silva in his 1975 novel World of Wonders.