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, and in 2021 we were runner-up for Best Small Theatre in the NOW Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards, and were awarded the Toronto Star Readers’ Choice Award, Diamond Level, for Best Live Theatre. In 2022 we received a Canada Council grant for a Digital Now project and became a registered charity.
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