Moon Author's Review
The Ward Theatre (visitors welcome 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. or for scheduled events) facing the park on North Parade was also a regular venue for Garvey speeches. The theater, like many buildings in town, has gone through many incarnations, the latest being a gift from Colonel Charles Ward, who became wealthy as the "Nephew" in the rum company Wray and Nephew. The rum manufacturer, still among the biggest in Jamaica, started in the Shakespeare Tavern, which once stood beside the theater. Ward Theatre hosts occasional events, including its famous pantomime performances, some of which are posted on the theatre foundation's website. Renovations have been ongoing at the theater since early 2009, with no established completion date. Call or check the website for an update.