The mission of The Gladstone Theatre Inc. is to operate a recognized, sustainable and affordable home for independent theatre companies in Ottawa with shared services, where programming and opportunities for artistic development and professional work can be coordinated, realized and presented to local audiences.
910 Gladstone has been a venue for professional theatre in Ottawa since 1982, when it became the home of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. In 2007, when the GCTC moved on to a new facility, local businesspeople, Marilisa Granzotto and Steve Martin acquired the building and began an ambitious renovation. In 2008, the revitalised theatre opened, re-branded as The Gladstone, with the vision to bring accessible, thought-provoking and above all entertaining professional theatre to Ottawa audiences.
In 2011, Plosive Productions and SevenThirty Productions joined forces to take on programming of the theatre season, with Plosive Productions responsible for management of the venue. The partnership soon expanded to include shows by Black Sheep Theatre, Bear and Co., Vanity Project Productions, Same Day Theatre, Three Sisters Theatre Company and several other independent and community theatre companies. Gladstone audiences enjoyed light-hearted musicals and comedies, gripping dramas, new works by Ottawa playwrights and a new holiday tradition – festive plays in the style of a 1940s radio show.
In 2015, the theatre building was sold again and a lease was signed to keep The Gladstone a theatre for years to come. In 2016, a newly formed volunteer steering committee held a community consultation and distributed an online survey on the subject of the future of The Gladstone. Results were highly encouraging! In November 2016, The Gladstone Theatre Inc. was incorporated as a not-for-profit.
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