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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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Sarah Bernhardt as the tragic Louise in Frou Frou

Sarah Bernhardt appears at the Grand Opera House in Toronto on March 19 in Camille and Frou-Frou. The Globe's theatre reviewer writes on March 21 that in Frou-Frou "the audience, somewhat backward in applause, were completely swept away by the tide of her passion while approaching 'Louise,' and galleries and lower house broke into repeated storms of approval."

The 2,070-seat Grand Opera House, modelled after the Madison Square Theatre in New York, opens in London, Ontario on September 8. The theatre's proscenium is 28 feet high and 30 feet wide. A major touring house because of its excellent rail connections, the theatre programs as many as 300 performances annually in the 1890s. The Grand is destroyed by fire on February 23, 1900.