Merrill Denison

1920 - 1929

Merrill Denison (1893-1975) is considered one of the fathers of Canadian Theatre. He became the Art Director of Hart House Theatre in 1921. He is most famous for his one act play Brothers in Arms, a play that artistic director Roy Mitchell apparently forced him to write by locking him in a room. This play was produced at Hart House Theatre in 1921, and went on to become one of the most popular English-Canadian dramas of the period.1


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  1. Richard Partington, “Theatre: A Matter of Direction,” in A Strange Elation: Hart House: The First Eighty Years, ed. David Kilgour (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999), 100.