Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00116 (Downsview Offsite) - George Keppie Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00116 (Downsview Offsite)


George Keppie Papers


  • 1918-1959 (Creation)

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8 boxes and items

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George Keppie was born in Australia, but much of his success as a theatre manager was in Toronto. He first came to Toronto in 1921 after managing stock companies in the U.S. for several years. With an acting troupe headed by matinee idol Vaughan Glaser, he moved into the abandoned Loew's Uptown and converted it into a highly successful repertory theatre. In 1938, he became manager of the Empire Theatre, where he presented a group of young actors and actresses, including Jane Mallett, in small roles in a different play each week. He worked there until a heart condition forced him to to retire. He died in 1963.

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The collection consists of correspondence and accounts relating to Keppie's work as manager of several American Theatres and the Uptown Theatre, Toronto (Vaughan Glaser Players) and the Empire Theatre (Theatre Guild of Canada). It also contains photographs and mimeographed and typed playscripts, including two by John Coulter and one by Wilson MacDonald.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: Please note that this material requires 2 business days to retrieve.

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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