About Theatre Museum Canada
  • From the Herbert Whittaker collection: The sword used by Alec Guinness in the Stratford Shakespearean Festival's opening production of Richard III, July 1953; Mask for Mammon, design by Herbert Whittaker, 1933; Inuit King Lear, design by Herbert Whittaker; founding Chairman Herbert Whittaker at the opening of A Life in the Theatre, an exhibition of his collection, Toronto Reference Library, September 20, 2000.


Our Growing Collection

The core of our collection, The Whittaker Collection, was donated by Herbert Whittaker, the designer, director and drama critic emeritus for The Globe and Mail who collected hundreds of designs, playbills, photographs and memorabilia throughout the 20th century.

These artifacts offer a fascinating and extensive view of Canada’s theatrical development.

Collections and artifacts have been donated by such theatrical greats as Christopher Plummer, Martin Short, Tanya Moiseiwitsch, George Luscombe, Tony van Bridge, Tom Kneebone, Betty Oliphant, Eric Donkin, Don Harron, Jean Roberts, Susan Benson and Michael Whitfield.

The collection includes: photographs, scripts & prompt books, design drawings, posters, costumes & accessories, set models, props, personal papers & playbills.

Many more exciting and valuable donations are waiting in the wings.

Your support makes it possible to continue caring for this growing collection. For more information, please visit our Support page.

Search The Collection

Theatre Museum Canada is a member of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and thanks to the support of Heritage Canada contributes images to the Artefacts Canada Database.

We hope that you find this online access helpful and look forward to adding more objects to the database.

Visit Artefacts Canada to search through hundreds of objects.

These images and descriptions are provided for your research or private study. Other uses may require the permission of the copyright holders.