Royal Arctic Theatre



  • A 19th-century custom of the Royal Navy, whereby plays werepresented on board ice-bound ships off the coasts of Canada. The earliestknown performances occurred in about 1819; they appear to have involvedboth officers and ordinary seamen, who would play male and femaleroles. Performances of Garrick's Miss in her Teens and evenShakespeare's Hamlet are known to have been put on. The productions,which were often quite intricately staged, are thought to have ceasedin the 1870s.