Les Misérables


Cast & Creatives

David Mirvish


David Mirvish is a Canadian art collector, theatre producer and entrepreneur. A passionate supporter of the theatre and Canada’s artistic community, Mr. Mirvish is the owner and operator of Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Ed Mirvish Theatre and Panasonic Theatre. Mr. Mirvish and his father, Ed Mirvish, also purchased and restored the renowned Old Vic Theatre in London, England, which they operated from 1983 to 1998.

Mr. Mirvish has mounted outstanding Canadian productions of such international hits as Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, War Horse and many others.

Mirvish Productions, a company formed by Mr. Mirvish in 1986, has produced plays and musicals for these and other venues throughout Canada, on Broadway and in London’s West End. In addition, Mirvish Productions has presented more than 500 touring productions in the city of Toronto. The Mirvish family is widely credited with making Toronto a major theatre centre. Mr. Mirvish is also the owner and operator of Honest Ed’s, the beloved discount emporium and Toronto landmark, which his father opened in 1948.

David Mirvish began his career as an art dealer when, in 1963, at the age of 19, he opened the David Mirvish Gallery. During the next 15 years, through some 130 exhibitions, the gallery became a focal point of Toronto’s cultural life and achieved international renown as a showcase for contemporary Canadian, American and British Art. The gallery supported and promoted Canadian and international artists and was described as a pillar in the establishment of the abstract art movement in Canada.

Mr. Mirvish continues to collect privately and to lend works to galleries and museums for exhibitions. Mr. Mirvish has received many awards and recognitions for his contributions to the Canadian arts scene, including being named to the Order of Ontario in 2001 and awarded a Member to the Order of Canada in 1995. He is also a recipient of the Brenda Donohue Award for outstanding service and contribution to theatre in Toronto, the Toronto Arts Award for the Visual Arts, and the prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Award, honouring outstanding patrons of the arts worldwide, who have given their time, energy and money in order to encourage cultural life to flourish.

He has been presented with honorary doctorates from Queen’s University, the York University Fine Arts department, the Faculty of Applied Arts at Ryerson University and University College, the University of Toronto.

In June 2012, he was installed as the Chancellor of the University of Guelph.