Social Links Search User Login Menu
Tools
Close
Close

Text/HTML

Add Content...

Weekly Crime Stats

MAGNUS THEATRE ANNOUNCES PASSING OF FOUNDER BURTON LANCASTER

MAGNUS THEATRE ANNOUNCES PASSING OF FOUNDER BURTON LANCASTER
MAGNUS THEATRE ANNOUNCES PASSING OF FOUNDER BURTON LANCASTER
#LSN_Arts  Magnus 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - July 23, 2019   (LSN)  Magnus Theatre is mourning the loss of its founder and first Artistic Director, Burton Lancaster. A Canadian theatre legend, Lancaster worked in professional theatre in both North America and Europe for over 50 years, mainly as Artistic Director, Producer, and Theatre Administrator. He founded six theatre companies during his career, the largest being Magnus Theatre. Lancaster passed away at the age of 83 after a battle with Alzheimer's.


Before coming to Thunder Bay, Lancaster was already an established director in Europe. He decided to start a theatre company in North America, where he had previously worked on a few shows. Having already worked with the who's who of the British stage of the time, he confidently looked to set up a new theatre in a place he had never been to, on a continent upon which he didn’t live. As the legend goes, he chose the location by closing his eyes and randomly placing his finger on a map of North America. Other stories say he threw darts at a map. Lancaster himself said that he knew the location needed to be a city of at least 100,000 people.
Regardless of how he decided, Burton Lancaster chose Thunder Bay as the home for his new theatre.

Once he arrived, plans for a theatre and the hunt for a venue began. Before finding a permanent home, performances were held at various venues around town, some of which were dilapidated and crumbling. One of these, called The Spike, was in the East End. After a performance, Lancaster was driving through the neighbourhood, and came across an old hall on the corner of McLaughlin and Connelly.  It had a For Rent sign in the window. The old Slovak Hall in the East End soon became the small and charming home of our theatre company for many years. He initially called it Theatre Northwest, later changing the name to Magnus Theatre Northwest, the official name of Magnus Theatre today.

Lancaster served as the Artistic Director of Magnus Theatre until 1977. After leaving Magnus Theatre, he worked with a variety of theatres across Canada.   In 1983-86, he founded the Lakeshore Summer Festival in Cobourg, Ontario.  From 1998-2003, Lancaster worked at the Showboat Festival in the Round, in Port Colborne, Ontario.  From 2005-2008, he was Artistic Director of Theatre One in Nanaimo, BC.

Thom Currie, Magnus Theatre’s current Artistic Director, shared his personal connection to Lancaster.

“I am very saddened at Burton’s passing.  I had the privilege of following this great theatre artist twice in my career: Here at Magnus Theatre and at the Showboat Festival Theatre in the Round.  Burton Lancaster was a true gentleman and a great theatre artist, whose impact and influence on Canadian Theatre will be felt for generations to come,” said Currie.

Magnus Theatre’s Board President, Katy Commisso, agrees.  “Magnus Theatre owes its very existence to Burton Lancaster’s vision nearly 50 years ago. We are deeply saddened by his passing but we are honoured to continue building on his brilliant legacy.”

Magnus Theatre will dedicate the 2019-20 Mainstage Season to Burton Lancaster.


-30-

 

Categories: Arts
0Upvote 0Downvote
Rate this article:
No rating
Print

Latest Public Safety News

FENTANYL DEALER CAPTURED OVER A YEAR LATER 15 October 2021

FENTANYL DEALER CAPTURED OVER A YEAR LATER

cut off his GPS anklet and was on the run

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~ October 15, 2021 (LSNews) Inside Edition has learned that a now 43 year old DAVID WELLESLEY LYNCH was captured in Southern Ontario on July 21, 2021.

He is currently being held in the Central East Correctional Center in Lindsay, Ontario.

#LSN_Crime #LSNews_TBay #LSN_TBPS #LSN_DrugBust #LSN_TBayCourthouse

TORONTO “BUSINESSMAN” ARRESTED BY TBPS FOR IMPAIRED & DANGEROUS DRIVING 15 October 2021

TORONTO “BUSINESSMAN” ARRESTED BY TBPS FOR IMPAIRED & DANGEROUS DRIVING

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~  October 15, 2021  (LSNews)  A concerned citizen phoned Thunder Bay Police yesterdayp, Thursday October 14,2022 shortly after 1:30pm regarding a suspicious BMW at a known drug selling location of 32 Cumberland Street South.

Hardworking TBPS Officers arrived and spotted the gray BMW. But there was no one in it.

#LSN_Crime #LSNews_TBay #LSN_TBPS #LSN_TBayCourthouse

WARRANT ARREST LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES 15 October 2021

WARRANT ARREST LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES

Dryden OPP

DRYDEN, ONTARIO   ~~  October 15, 2021 (LSNews)  On Wednesday October 13, 2021 at approximately 10:30 a.m. members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Dryden Detachment, Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) and Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) conducted a traffic stop on a motor vehicle in the City of Dryden. The driver of the motor vehicle was arrested on the strength of a bench warrant.

#LSN_Crime  #LSN_OPP

STABBING SUSPECT ARRESTED St. Paul & Van Norman Street 15 October 2021

STABBING SUSPECT ARRESTED St. Paul & Van Norman Street

male named Simon had been stabbed and hospitalized

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~  October 15, 2021 (LSNews)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers made an arrest in a stabbing that occurred in Port Arthur on September 30,2021 at St. Paul & Van Norman Street

A male named Simon had been stabbed and hospitalized

#LSN_Crime #LSNews_TBay #LSN_TBPS #LSN_TBayCourthouse

CHARGED FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING WHILE AWAITING TRIAL ON A PREVIOUS IMPAIRED CHARGE 15 October 2021

CHARGED FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING WHILE AWAITING TRIAL ON A PREVIOUS IMPAIRED CHARGE

SIOUX LOOKOUT RESIDENT

SIOUX LOOKOUT, ONTARIO  ~~~   October 15, 2021 (LSNews)  On Thursday, October 7, 2021, at approximately 7:37am, officers from the Lac Seul Police Service (LSPS) were enroute to the LSPS Detachment when they observed a 2019 Ford Escape being operated in the area of First Avenue, Sioux Lookout. Officers were aware that the individual inside was a suspended driver who was currently awaiting trial for operation while impaired.

#LSN_OPP

DRUNK ROCKY BAY WOMAN THREATENS TO KILL RANDOM WOMAN’S CHILDREN 13 October 2021

DRUNK ROCKY BAY WOMAN THREATENS TO KILL RANDOM WOMAN’S CHILDREN

WOMAN SPITS ON TBPS OFFICER AND THREATENS TO KILL HIS CHILDREN TOO

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  October 13, 2021  (LSNews) Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers responded to a 911 call from a concerned woman in the 400 block of University Drive yesterday, Tuesday, August 12,2021 at 10:50pm

Officers arrived to find an intoxicated woman sitting on the steps of homeowner she did not know. Officers learned the woman had thrown a potted plant at the door of the home, breaking the pot and damaging the door.

#LSN_Crime #LSNews_TBay #LSN_TBPS #LSN_TBayCourthouse

NEW SENIOR PROVINCIAL CROWN ATTORNEY FOR THUNDER BAY 12 October 2021

NEW SENIOR PROVINCIAL CROWN ATTORNEY FOR THUNDER BAY

John R. Laluk Crown for Fort McMurray, Alberta and the Yukon

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~  October 12, 2021  (LSNews) Inside Edition sources indicate that the Thunder Bay Provincial Crown Attorney’s Office is getting a new boss.

Sources indicate that John R. Laluk will be the new Senior Crown Attorney

#LSN_PublicSafety  #LSNews_TBay #LSN_TBPS #LSN_TBayCourthouse

DRUG DEALER ON BAIL BUSTED BY TBPS WITH DRUGS AGAIN 12 October 2021

DRUG DEALER ON BAIL BUSTED BY TBPS WITH DRUGS AGAIN

Red River Ward

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  October 12, 2021 (LSNews)  Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers arrested a woman on a $100 no deposit bail yesterday, Monday October 11,2021.

A 28 year old KATRINA MITAS was also found with cocaine & fentanyl in her possession. TBPS Officers learned that she was no longer allowed at the home on the 100 block of Martha Street that she was supposed to be residing at.

#LSN_Crime #LSNews_TBay #LSN_TBPS  #LSN_DrugBust #LSN_TBayCourthouse

SEX OFFENDER WANTED BY TBPS 12 October 2021

SEX OFFENDER WANTED BY TBPS

TBPS Media Relations warning the public

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~  October 12, 2021 (LSNews)  Inside Edition has learned that hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers have issued a warrant for the arrest of 48 year old BRIAN LONGPETER of Walkover Street in Thunder Bay.

LONGPETER is wanted on 4 counts of sexual assault.

#LSN_Crime #LSNews_TBay #LSN_TBPS #LSN_SexOffender #LSN_TBayCourthouse

Sheriff expresses gratitude for our First Responders and Search & Rescue personnel in Cook County. 11 October 2021

Sheriff expresses gratitude for our First Responders and Search & Rescue personnel in Cook County.

medical emergency on the trail to Eagle Mountain

COOK COUNTRY, MINNESOTA  ~~  October 11, 2021 (LSNews) On Sunday, October 10, 2021, the Cook County Sheriff's Office received a call for a person experiencing a medical emergency on the trail to Eagle Mountain. The call came in at 2:46 pm and emergency responders began arriving at the trailhead at approximately 3:30.

#LSN_PublicSafety  #LSN_CookCounty 

1345678910Last

Follow LSN on Twitter

Latest News

No content

A problem occurred while loading content.

Previous Next

Text/HTML

Lake Superior News
Grand Portage Minnesota

Lake Superior Media

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Northern Ontario
 

Send Media Releases to:
[email protected]

Text/HTML

Lake Superior News

Thunder Bay, Ontario
 

[email protected]

 

    You Tube Lake Superior News   Twitter Lake Superior New  Face Book Lake Superior News

Text/HTML

Website Powered by DNN 4 Less

Copyright 2007 ~ 2021 Lake Superior Media.
Back To Top