The McPherson Playhouse, affectionately referred to as “The Mac” opened in 1914 as a Pantages Theatre and has been staging exemplary entertainment for Victorians ever since.
The name change came about when Thomas Shanks McPherson bequeathed the theatre and the necessary funding for it’s reconstruction to the people of Victoria. The award winning project was completed in 1964, and included the addition of a modern lobby and technical improvements as well as the renovation of the theatre itself.
The theatre flaunts a lush Neo-Baroque style with two balconies and seating for 772 people. Professional, amateur and community based events are hosted at the Mac throughout the year.
The Royal and McPherson Theatres Society (RMTS) is a not for profit organization which manages both venues under an agreement with the Capital Regional District (CRD).
As well as providing diverse theatrical entertainment, the McPherson Playhouse boasts an art gallery. “The Gallery at the MAC” showcases local and regional artists in both the upper and lower lobbies. There are two separate shows running approximately seven weeks each that are open for public viewing during performances or by appointment.
Local organizations which call the Mac home include:
- Ballet Victoria;
- Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre;
- Canadian Pacific Ballet;
- Kaleidoscope Theatre, and
- Victoria Operatic Society.
Touring acts of all stripes are booked into the theare year round; many world class entertainers have graced the stage of the McPherson Playhouse. The venue’s relatively small size contributes to an intimate atmosphere in which to enjoy a concert or play.
An evening at the McPherson Playhouse combines an experience of musical, comic or theatrical entertainment with an opportunity to view local and regional artistic talent which creates a unique occasion. Fortunate are those who live in Victoria and are able to visit this lovely theatre.