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GRAND Theatre

World Curious. London Proud. Under the leadership of newly appointed Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum and Executive Director Deb Harvey, the Grand is building a bold future with daring new projects, inspiring new programs, and a captivating new direction.

A leading cultural hub, the Grand is proudly located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario. We are a place for all Londoners, for everyone, to gather, celebrate, and be inspired by exceptional theatre experiences.

We bring the world to London with diverse, relevant, and original stories from around the globe, and through collaborations with exceptional national and international performing arts organizations.

And we bring London to the world stage with a commitment to developing, producing, and premiering new, original homegrown stories through COMPASS, a new play development program. From around the world and around the corner, we present relevant and provocative stories that remind us of our collective humanity.

The Grand's commitment to educational programming and youth mentorship is exemplified by The High School Project, the only project of its kind in North America. A newly announced partnership with Sheridan College Music Theatre Program now positions The Project for its next phase of development. A new community outreach initiative, 100 Schools, continues our commitment by bringing professional theatre to London area schools in 2018 - at no cost.

A not-for-profit regional theatre, the Grand produces and presents professional theatre on two stages: the Spriet Stage (839 seats) and the McManus Stage (144 seats). The Grand season runs from September to May with a subscription series on both stages.

Click here for the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan

2017/18 Season - Artistic Director's Note

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The Spriet Stage - An Historic Gift

On March 9, 2017 the Grand Theatre announced an historic donation from Helen and Andy Spriet, philanthropic leaders in London who committed $1,000,000 to support the work of the theatre. This donation marks the largest individual gift in Grand Theatre history and in the arts community in London.

In recognition of this investment, the Grand Theatre main stage was renamed the Spriet Stage.

“The Grand Theatre has always held a special place for us. Over the years we have been inspired by other London families, like the Iveys, who have shown their leadership and leveraged impact with significant gifts to local causes and organizations that matter to the community. We had planned to leave a legacy gift to the Grand but the opportunity to see our donation have an immediate and lasting impact for all Londoners was really exciting for us,” said Helen Spriet who served on the Board of Directors of the Grand Theatre from 2008 to 2015.

We celebrate Helen and Andy and their family for this remarkable gift that will help to transform the theatre, on and off the stage, over the coming years.  Learn More »

Leadership

Dennis Garnhum
Artistic Director

Dennis Garnhum joined the Grand Theatre as Artistic Director in October 2016. 
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Deb Harvey
Executive Director

Deb Harvey arrived in London to take on the position of Executive Director of the Grand Theatre in January 2000.  Learn More »

History

The Grand Theatre began its existence in 1901 as the Grand Opera House. The original owner and manager was theatre impresario Ambrose J. Small, who ran the theatre as a touring house for road shows, vaudeville, and other entertainments to perform in.  Learn More »

Past Artistic Directors

Explore six decades of the Grand through the artistic directors who helped shape its legacy.  Learn More »

Past Productions

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471 Richmond St.

London, ON N6A 3E4