Fonds XZ1 MS B020, XZ1 MS B027, XZ3 MS B020 - William Hutt fonds

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William Hutt fonds

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CA ON00344 XZ1 MS B020, XZ1 MS B027, XZ3 MS B020

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  • 191?-2005 (Creation)

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1.6 m textual record ca. 200 photographs 30 cm graphic material 34 videocassettes 66 monographs 3 objects

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William Hutt was born in 1920 and raised in Toronto. During World War II he earned the Military Medal for his frontline services as a medic. Subsequently he graduated from Trinity College University of Toronto, where he started acting at the Hart House Theatre. In the late 1940s Hutt made his debut in Ontario summer stock companies and was recruited by Ottawa's Canadian Repertory Theatre. He joined the Stratford Festival in its inaugural season in 1953 and has come to be closely associated with the Festival's Shakespeare repertoire, playing most of Shakespeare's lead roles in over sixty productions. Hutt has been actor, director and associate director at Stratford, and has appeared in New York, Edinburgh, throughout Europe and in Australia. The actor has also worked at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario; the Vancouver Playhouse; and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1969 and received the Governor General's Award for lifetime achievement in 1992. Hutt holds honourary doctorates from the Universities of Ottawa, Guelph, Western Ontario, McMaster and Toronto.

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Fonds consists of materials created and collected by William Hutt in his personal life and professional career. The time period covered is 1910s to the present. The fonds is not organized in series. Approximately half the material is textual, and includes correspondence, reviews and articles, Hutt’s diary from the Second World War and scripts. Published plays served as Hutt’s rehearsal scripts and feature his annotations. As well, there are 34 videocassettes with recordings of his work, and a wide array of graphic materials (predominantly photographs, costume drawings and posters). Three plaques commemorate awards won by Hutt.

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Donated by William Hutt in May and August 2005.


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Access is open commencing 1 January 2007. Some restrictions apply prior to this date.

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Copyright, normally, is held by the creator. Materials cannot be published without the permission of the copyright holder.

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Stratford Festival Collection

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