The Tarragon Theatre is a theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and one of the main centers for contemporary playwriting in the country. Located near Casa Loma, the theatre was founded by Bill and Jane Glassco in 1970. Bill Glassco was the artistic director from 1971 to 1982. In 1982, Urjo Kareda took over as artistic director and remained in that role until his death in December 2001. Richard Rose was appointed artistic director in July 2002, and Camilla Holland was appointed general manager in July 2006.
|Address||30 Bridgman Avenue|
|Type||performing arts centre|
|Capacity||Main Space: 205|
Extra Space: 100
In 1987, Tarragon purchased and renovated the building that has been its home since 1971. There are two playing spaces: Mainspace (205 seats), The Extra Space (113 seats).
Tarragon is well known for its development, creation and encouragement of new work. Over 170 works have premiered at Tarragon. Playwrights who have premiered their work here include Morwyn Brebner, David French, Michael Healey, Joan MacLeod, Morris Panych, James Reaney, Jason Sherman, Brendan Gall, Hannah Moscovich and Judith Thompson.
The theatre is housed in a building originally designed for light industrial use - for instance, it was once a cribbage board factory.
It has championed the work of Canadian playwrights David French, Michel Tremblay, Judith Thompson, Jason Sherman, Michael Healey and others, as well as productions of plays by canonical playwrights such as Anton Chekhov and August Strindberg.
The theatre holds two performances venues, containing approximately 200 and 100 seats respectively. One of their rehearsal halls can also be used as a performance area, seating 60.
It remains one of the foremost organizations for producing new plays in Canada.
- Scorched - by Wajdi Mouawad
- The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets - by Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, and William S. Burroughs
- Bashir Lazhar - by Évelyne de la Chenelière, translated by Morwyn Brebner
- Moliere - by Sabina Berman
- East of Berlin - by Hannah Moscovitch
- Ubuntu - by The Ensemble
- The Patient Hour - by Kristen Thomson
- Another Home Invasion - by Joan MacLeod
- A Beautiful View - by Daniel MacIvor
- House of Many Tongues - by Jonathan Garfinkel
- "Tarragon Theatre". The Canadian Encyclopedia, September 3, 2008.
- Agrell, Siri (May 26, 2010). "Co-founder of Toronto's Tarragon Theatre had a social conscience that benefited many". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- Ouzonian, Richard (September 27, 2017). "Speaking of theatre, Tarragon Theatre celebrates 40 years". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- "Shows In Small Spaces Part 5: Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space". CityNews. December 22, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
- Tarragon Theatre web site
- Tarragon Theatre fonds (R10611) at Library and Archives Canada. The fonds consists of posters advertising productions staged at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in 1972 and 1973.