Throwback Thursday: The Beginning of Canadian Theatre

October 10, 2013

Theatre-NeptuneIn Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, there is a tablet commemorating the first theatrical production performed by Europeans in North America. Marc LesCarbot’s Théâtre de Neptune was performed at the habitation in Port Royal to celebrate the return of Jean de Biencourt de Poutrincourt in 1606.  The play is filled with compliments directed at Poutrincourt and interestingly scatters native terminology from Mi’kmaq dialect throughout. To explore the creation and performance of Théâtre de Neptune, take a look at Margaret M. Cameron’s “Play Acting in Canada during the French Regime” from The Canadian Historical Review! #tbt




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