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Horatio George Summers 1865-1941

Horatio George Summers 1865-1941

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Horatio George Summers 1865-1941

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted February, 2011

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
On the north side of Mountain Park Avenue
across from Upper Wentworth Street


Coordinates: N 43 14.583 W 79 51.153

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Plaque Text

Comedian, actor and theatrical manager, George Summers established the Mountain park Theatre here in 1902. It was one of the earliest theatres of its kind in Ontario. For twelve successful seasons, "Geo. H. Summers Theatrical Enterprises" performed in Hamilton in the summer and toured during the winter. Most of the repertoire was popular melodrama, much of it written by Summers himself. On stage, he was particularly renowned for his portrayal of Rip Van Winkle. After fire destroyed the theatre in December 1914, Summers pursued an acting career in Canada and the United States. He later wrote articles on the history of theatre in Ontario and scripted comic sketches for the CBC.

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