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Old November 5th, 2004, 04:00 AM   #1
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Council wants new theatre near Concert Hall
The Council of the City of Perth is seeking an urgent meeting with Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale over the location of a proposed $30 million theatre in the city.

At its meeting last night, the Council expressed its "strongest possible concern" over the decision of a State Government ministerial committee to eliminate the area near the Perth Concert Hall as a possible site for the new theatre venue.

Lord Mayor Dr Peter Nattrass said: "The City’s vision has been to create, in stages, an iconic performing arts precinct which would extend from the Perth Concert Hall to the river foreshore and that would include all the performing arts.

"Perth does not compare favourably with other capital cities in terms of a centralised, high-quality arts centre. With plans already in place to relocate the WA Symphony Orchestra to the Perth Concert Hall, here is the opportunity to create a site of artistic excellence.

"If there is not a change of thinking on the part of the Government, then a great planning opportunity will have been missed."

Dr Nattrass said the four sites under active consideration by the steering committee would be in isolation from any other arts or cultural venues and there would be limited opportunity to create a precinct which, of itself, could attract visitors.
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Old November 5th, 2004, 04:01 AM   #2
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Plan for arts precinct under threat
THE Gallop Government has been accused of short-sightedness over plans for a $30 million theatre that will destroy the city council's vision of an international performing arts precinct.

Perth Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass and councillor Max Kay, a veteran theatre performer, said the Government's plan - to be announced today - would spell the end of a proposal to integrate the new theatre with the existing Perth Concert Hall in a precinct stretching to the Swan River foreshore.

In an unprecedented move, Dr Nattrass and Mr Kay called a press conference yesterday in a bid to pre-empt today's announcement after talks with Arts Minister Sheila McHale failed to resolve the issue.

Dr Nattrass said it was understood the Government would identify a site in the entertainment precinct of Northbridge as the preferred location to build a facility to replace the Playhouse Theatre in Pier Street by 2008.

Dr Nattrass said the council's proposal would accommodate the performing arts in one central area and capitalise on views of the river, while incorporating restaurants, cafes and arts retail outlets.

"Rarely does such a great opportunity arise to create something of real lasting benefit to the city for the next 100 years," Dr Nattrass said.

"We fear that opportunity is going to get lost. We fear it is going to get lost because of a lack of vision, because of ad hoc planning and I think to a degree because it is being influenced by an agenda of expediency."

Dr Nattrass said the city council had been working on the plan for an iconic performing arts precinct for seven years, and questioned the independence of a state government steering committee set up to investigate the location of the facility.

He said it was envisaged the precinct, to be built in stages, would eventually house the West Australian Symphony Orchestra - which is set to move to the existing concert hall with the help of $12million in council and state funding - the Playhouse Theatre, WA Opera, WA Ballet Co and Black Swan Theatre Company. Ms McHale would not comment yesterday on the location of the proposed theatre.

A spokesman for Premier Geoff Gallop said the location of the new theatre had the support of the arts community, but the Premier was disappointed Dr Nattrass did not back the proposal.

The plan for a new theatre venue has been investigated by consultant Graham Walne, who has consulted more than 50 individuals and organisations in the arts sector.

In a report to the Government, Mr Walne confirmed there was more support for the Perth Concert Hall area than any other site, but said the location would be controversial due to heritage issues.

Mr Kay said yesterday heritage issues could be overcome and were not unique to the concert hall site. He also questioned whether $30 million was adequate to fund the project.
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Old November 5th, 2004, 05:05 AM   #3
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this is unbelievable.

we could have an iconic building on the river surrounded by new boardwalks and LIFE and they want to put it in northbridge????????????

im beginning to see now, that its the state government intervention that is screwing the cbd. the pcc are the experts, they hated the convention centre design and the government approved it, they wanted a better esplanade station - the state government gave us a shed, and now this!

and also in scarborough - local council wants good development and the government is intervening again. this is just so awful.

the foreshore marina better kick ass or im gonna lose total faith in this city.
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Old November 5th, 2004, 05:18 AM   #4
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I can see both sides on this debate, cr tudori made and excelent point, put it at the concert hall site, people will park go to the show and leave again, put it in northbridge what is already such a vibrant precint, its next to public transport, and people are more likely to walk around after the show, get pre drinks + dinner, coffee after the show, the other site doesen't have to many cafes around so its a lost oportunity for more life in the CBD, however the reason this part of the CBD doesen't have to much life is because it doesen't have infrastructure like this, so really you can say we won' put it there because it has no cafes, but the problem might be things like that arn't there in the first place to attract the cafes, i can see how a precint of venues could come together to create a vibrant area, and can see how spreading them around can spread the life out, I think it will be great for northbridge, more culture, art and cosmopiltan vibe, it needs a facelift, and again im disapointed its not going to be on the western foreshore, could have been a real landmark, and once the foreshore is developed will be serviced by rail plus there are a range of eateries at barrack square, though on a budget that size i don't think they could have come up with a design deserving of a river front location, i saw a concept rendering of one west of barrack square elevated over the river, looked bloody amazing, thats what I want to see, they have probably gone for the cheapest posible location, because they haven' budgeted enough, why dont' we stop being rednecks and give some real funding to the culture and arts, though this is only a small theatre, replacing the play house
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State-of-the-art venue and central city site for WA's newest theatre
Western Australian theatre, the Perth Cultural Centre and the State's arts scene will all benefit from the construction of a new $42million purpose-built performing arts venue.

Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale said the new theatre for drama and contemporary dance would be built at the corner of William and Roe Streets in Northbridge.

It would be the first large scale, purpose-built performing arts venue to be constructed in the city centre in more than 30 years and was expected to be completed in 2008.

State Cabinet had given the green light to the project, which would be a boon to the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre and Northbridge and a major drawcard for local, national and international theatre productions and audiences.

"This venue will add new vibrancy to our local arts scene and also attract more theatre and dance productions to Perth and WA as a whole," Ms McHale said.

An expert steering committee had identified the Northbridge site as the best and had built on the work of theatre consultant Graham Walne in his initial feasibility report.

The new complex would feature sophisticated technical infrastructure and:
a main theatre with a 525-575 seating capacity in a 'west end' format, with stalls and circle and fly tower for housing scenery change mechanisms; and
studio theatre in a flexible format, with a 200-seat capacity.
"This site will act as a gateway between the city and the cultural and entertainment areas of the city and is another example of how this Government is working to provide first-class facilities for a first-class city," the Minister said.

"In four years the Gallop Labor Government has delivered a balanced Budget in every year, which has allowed us at the same time to spend a record amount of nearly $112million on the arts in capital construction, maintenance and public library resources."

Ms McHale said more than 50 key individuals and organisations had input into the planning process and 11 sites were identified and examined by the steering committee with extensive research and consultation in the community and arts sectors.

The Minister said all sites reviewed by the steering committee were strictly evaluated according to sustainability of location, heritage, planning and construction issues and whole-of-life costs including operational requirements.

"Some of the sites proposed were ruled out by the committee on the basis of significant heritage issues, planning problems such as height restrictions, and lack of supporting infrastructure including bars, restaurants and carparking," she said.

Design for the state-of-the-art venue will be selected through a highly competitive Architectural Design Competition to be advertised internationally.

The Department of Culture and the Arts will work with the Government Architect and Royal Architects Institute of Australia to develop the competition brief and select a judging panel.

Minister's office: 9213 6900
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Controversy over location of performing arts
A $42 million performing arts centre is to be built in Perth's Northbridge restaurant precinct, despite criticism from the city council.

WA culture and arts minister Sheila McHale announced today the centre would be the first large scale, purpose-built performing arts venue constructed in Perth in more than 30 years.

State cabinet has already approved the project, which Ms McHale described as a boon to the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre and Northbridge.

"This venue will add new vibrancy to our local arts scene and also attract more theatre and dance productions to Perth and WA as a whole," Ms McHale said.

The announcement came after Perth Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass yesterday described the plan to locate the theatre complex away from the CBD as short-sighted and ad hoc.

Perth City Council's performing arts centre proposal favoured a venue site near the Perth Concert Hall on the Swan River foreshore.
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Old November 5th, 2004, 04:38 PM   #7
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An extra $12m set aside for new theatre
The State Government has found an extra $12 million to build its new theatre in Northbridge and will conduct an international architecture competition to find the best design.

When completed in 2008 the theatre will be the first built by government in the city.

Arts Minister Sheila McHale yesterday announced the site of the theatre on the corner of Roe and William streets in Northbridge, even though the news had been leaked on Thursday.

Twenty-four hours before the official announcement the Perth City Council went public with its opposition to the Northbridge site, with Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass saying councillors preferred an alternative site on riverside carpark land adjacent to the Concert Hall.

Ms McHale firmly rejected the PCC's alternative site, saying the Northbridge site had been evaluated carefully by architects and endorsed by the arts community.

Two years ago, Ms McHale committed to spend $30 million on building the theatre on the eventual site, but she said that since then the Government had been able to find a further $12 million for construction.

Plans for the theatre include a mainstream theatre auditorium seating 525 to 575 people, with a small studio space for 200.

Ms McHale said the site had been determined after an exhaustive study of 11 potential sites, with the William and Roe streets site winning in terms of accessibility, heritage factors and ease of access.

The Concert Hall site had not "stacked up" and played down fears Northbridge was too violent at night.

She rejected suggestions that it would have been better to have adopted the PCC option of a more visionary multi-arts centre on the riverside. "These arts precincts are not as successful as some people think," she said.

Opposition Leader Colin Barnett said the decision was a missed chance to use the river foreshore for an "icon building" to attract tourists.

"Northbridge is a nightclub precinct that has problems with crime and is not a family-friendly location, particularly in the evening," Mr Barnett said.

"What Perth needs is a theatre complex that makes an architectural statement, that is going to be attractive to families and makes the most of our wonderful asset - the Swan River."

Splits also appeared yesterday in the PCC's opposition to the site, with councillors Bert Tudori and Lisa Scaffidi saying they were now in favour of Northbridge and had not been briefed properly by the Lord Mayor as to its advantages.

Perth's major theatre companies welcomed the decision.

The corner site was formerly the Governor Broome Hotel, which was demolished in the 80s and left vacant for many years until turned into a carpark.
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Old November 7th, 2004, 11:50 AM   #9
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yeah its a very good location unlike the concet hall where theres no amanities or life. and colin barnett sould not be promoting northbridge as a non family-freindly place! its what ppl decide to make it and there are great family places along there!
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I like the location, it will be nice and urban in the current urban fabric, next to central station, heaps of cafe, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops close by, an area that needs a facelift, so it may be upsetting its not on the foreshore, but I think its a great location, and another boost for the culture precint, where epra's boundaries have been extended to, lets hope the design competetion bring up something special, the budget is pretty good now, $42million for a small site
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yeah its a very good location unlike the concet hall where theres no amanities or life. and colin barnett sould not be promoting northbridge as a non family-freindly place! its what ppl decide to make it and there are great family places along there!
I bet Colin has never been to Northbridge!
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Old November 12th, 2004, 03:31 PM   #12
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in the cultural centre tonight the mobile youth van had about 20 aboriginals playing basketball, great to see, maybe colin should get down the youth van and maybe donate some money to get the aboriginals playing sport and staying out of trouble insteead of taking cheap attacks at northbridge, its okay to rip into the place, but follow it up with action too, whining is pointless if your not going to do something to improve what your are whining about

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THE REPORT>>>
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Black Swan prepares for main drama company role
Black Swan Theatre Company is to move to the new Northbridge theatre complex and assume the status of the state's major regional company.

But that doesn't mean it can expect more funding next year. In fact, its 2005 funding will be cut.

Arts Minister Sheila McHale announced this week that over the next four years the company would be upgraded from "niche" to "regional flagship" status.

She said WA needed a flagship company as a leader and to produce "works of scale" for state, national and, in time, international audiences.

"Black Swan, in partnership with the state government through ArtsWA and the major performing arts board of the Australia Council, has formally begun the transition to become WA's regional flagship company for theatre," Ms McHale said.

"There is still much to be done for the development of theatre in WA, but with the commitment of this government to the building of a new theatre complex in Perth's Cultural Centre, and its assistance to Black Swan to make its transition to regional flagship status, I genuinely believe there is an exciting and bright theatre light ahead of us," she said.

Black Swan confirmed it would move into the new Northbridge-based theatre, sharing the space with other theatre and dance companies.

The company and government funding bodies have agreed on a gradual process of growth from 2005 to 2008.

But while Black Swan's base-level funding will be increased next year, with 20% provided federally and 80% from the state coffers, it will lose its special ArtsWA touring funding.

The result will be a $200,000 shortfall next year.

Black Swan has appointed former Perth Theatre Company general manager to be its GM from January 4.

It has also launched its 2005 program, with a limited main house season that reflects its cut in funding.

Only four plays have been scheduled, one with Deckchair Theatre and one a co-production with Jeremy Sims' Porkchop Production company, in Sydney.

Tom Gutteridge, Black Swan's artistic director, said: "I'm not happy about only doing four shows, but we have to be pragmatic."

Though the company might be over-staffed next year, it had to set up the infrastructure that would allow it to take on the mantle of flagship company over the next four years, he said.

The 2005 season is due to open with the Perth International Arts Festival production, Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline, starring Marcus Graham (now one of Black Swan's honorary patrons).

This is followed by a one-man show, The Lightkeeper, starring Melbourne actor Ian Scott.

The last two plays will be written by local playwright Reg Cribb (The Chatroom): Ruby's Last Dollar starring Jacki Weaver and an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, the only play in the season to have a mainly WA cast and crew.

Tom said giving plays a national focus and "repatriating" WA-born actors like Marcus Graham and Hayley McElhinney was part of the company's national focus.
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'PCC reneging on theatre deal'
Perth City Council's opposition to the state government's decision to locate a new drama theatre in Northbridge is yet another example of its dog-in-the-manger approach to cultural planning ("New theatre brings

applause, brickbats", by Sarah McNeill, POST 13/11).

(Readers may recall the PCC threatened to withdraw Festival of Perth sponsorship when the University of WA changed the festival's name without first asking its permission.)

A site analysis ranked the Perth Cultural Centre precinct ahead of the Perth Concert Hall.

Respondent preferences also ranked Northbridge ahead.

It's a bit rich for lord mayor Peter Nattrass now to claim a concept plan of seven years' gestation to extend the concert hall to the river.

The plan has never been made public; there has not been significant discussion with any of the "home" bodies listed in Sarah's report.

Dr Nattrass's claim that a $4 million contribution was contingent on a performance-based precinct at the concert hall is rubbish!

The government agreed to contribute $8 million to relocate the WA Symphony Orchestra if a recital hall were in the plan; PCC agreed and committed $4 million to the project.

The council appears to have reneged on that agreement.

Further, it is contributing nothing towards building a theatre.

If the PCC is serious about the performing arts, and music in particular, it would complement the concert hall with a recital hall for small-scale music making.

The addition of a recital hall, much-needed, would not affect parking or encounter water-table problems that any extension at the foreshore would face.

It was the Charles Court Liberal government that first identified Northbridge as appropriate for a theatre complex.

Governments of both persuasions have failed to address the infrastructure needs for theatre. Recycling the Maj was a convenient excuse to do nothing.

Sheila McHale is to be congratulated and supported for being the first arts minister in 30 years to get Cabinet commitment for a theatre, and the money to go with it.

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Perth city council and their visons….pffft..First I thought , yeah this was a brilliant idea…An Icon structure!, up to the rivers edge…Brilliant!…That’s until I found out the budget was only $42million..and that’s after the ‘just announced’ $12 mil increase….Sorry… the PCC should just collect the rates and shut the **** up and stop dreaming all the ****en time…What the **** were they expecting to build for such a low budget??.a Sydney ****en opera house?…The way they are going on, you would think.

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Old December 5th, 2004, 04:20 AM   #17
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$42 million is a pretty reasonable budget for a small theatre, anyway been inside the sop, what a ****en shit hole looks great, but i can see the outside on a postcard, these icons for icons sake are a waste really, i want more than just an icon but a great fuctioning building inside and out, and the city of perth were offering about $8m towards there proposed concert hall performing arts precint, what we really need is a shared state and city of perth vision for the city, so they stop piss fighting, and having unco planning, and get the best for this city not just to look good for an election
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Battle of the theatres
HIS Majesty's Theatre received $340,000 in public funding in its centenary this year, while the more popular Regal Theatre could not afford toilets for the disabled.

The toilets were among many items on a $2 million list for the Subiaco art deco landmark that needed urgent attention.

Seats needed replacing, the facade needed restoration and lighting needed to be rewired.

The Sunday Times understands the state-owned His Majesty's will be made a heritage icon later this month by the WA Government.

His Majesty's, the City of Perth-owned Perth Concert Hall, the City of Subiaco-owned Subiaco Theatre Centre and the Anglican Church-owned Playhouse Theatre received about $2.2 million between them from the Government last financial year.

The Regal received about $115,000 in heritage grants over the past five years.

The Regal, which opened in 1938, has more than 300,000 cinemagoers through its doors annually, almost treble His Majesty's attendances last financial year.

Former Subiaco mayor Richard Diggins said the Baker Theatre Trust, which was established to ensure the Regal's existence, had emptied its purse of about $400,000 in renovations in the past three years.

Mr Diggins, one of the unpaid trustees who manage the theatre, joined the National Trust (WA) and called for $2.1 million to be given to the Regal by the State Government.

He said the theatre was an icon treasured and well-used by the community.

"It's a fulcrum for Subiaco and is the only theatre, probably in Australia, which has two street frontages, so it is unique," he said.

"But we're not just going to sit and wait for funds, (together) with the National Trust we will establish a friends of the Regal Theatre group to raise money."

National Trust chief executive Tom Perrigo, who wrote to Premier Geoff Gallop asking for funding, said the Baker Trust had proposed donating the building to the National Trust.

He said the National Trust was established by an Act of Parliament, so the Regal would then effectively be owned by the WA community and could get more Government support.

Heritage Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said the Government recognised the Regal's heritage significance.

The theatre had received $115,000 in heritage grants since 1999.

She said the National Trust's request would be considered in the context of community priorities.

Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale said His Majesty's and the other government-funded venues supported performing arts and provided homes for WA's main professional performing arts companies.

These included the WA Opera and the Perth Theatre Company. The Regal was a commercial theatre managed by a private business, Interstar Pty Ltd.

She said the WA Government had to use taxpayer funds to support state-owned facilities or those with long-term partnership arrangements.
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The Maj receives a special 100th birthday gift
His Majesty's Theatre celebrated its 100th birthday today with the extra special present of being named a Western Australian heritage icon and $1.5million in new funding for lighting and electrical work.

Following a year of celebratory events enjoyed by 140,000 people, Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale announced the honour at a ceremony marking the theatre's 100 years of achievement.

"His Majesty's Theatre is one of our capital's most beautiful heritage buildings and is a truly outstanding landmark for theatregoers and visitors alike," Ms McHale said.

Along with the Midland Workshops, the theatre was declared a State Heritage Icon for December by the Minister, representing Premier Geoff Gallop, celebrating 175 years of the State's history.

His Majesty's Theatre joins other WA icons named this year including the Swan River, Fremantle Harbour, Kings Park, Albany Anzac Dawn Service, Rottnest Island, Broome Pearls, Ningaloo, the Western Derby, the Royal Show and Kalgoorlie Gold.

Ms McHale announced that facilities would be further improved with the Gallop Government's allocation of $1.5million to upgrade the outdated electrical and lighting infrastructure.

The work will lead to better performance production values, improved energy efficiency and improved occupational health and safety.

Heritage Council Chairman Mr Patric De Villiers and Year of the Built Environment's Steering Committee Chairman Mr Warren Kerr joined the Minister today to unveil a stage door plaque in recognition of performers.

Ms McHale said that in its 100 years, His Majesty's had showcased thousands of performers and delighted generations of audiences.

"Some of the more notable artists to have passed through the original stage door include Dame Nellie Melba, Anna Pavlova, Percy Grainger, Gladys Moncrieff,
Dame Margot Fonteyn, Sir Robert Helpmann, Katherine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Sir John Gielgud, Claudette Colbert and Rex Harrison," the Minister said.

"This theatre and its magnificent auditorium have brought an undeniable energy and passion to our society and contributed to the cultural and social fabric of our State."

As part of the day's celebrations, the Hon Sir Charles Court buried a special 'time capsule' in the theatre's foyer. The capsule contains His Majesty's Theatre memorabilia and is set to be opened in another 100 years, in 2104.
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The Maj receives a special 100th birthday gift
His Majesty's Theatre celebrated its 100th birthday today with the extra special present of being named a Western Australian heritage icon and $1.5million in new funding for lighting and electrical work.

Following a year of celebratory events enjoyed by 140,000 people, Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale announced the honour at a ceremony marking the theatre's 100 years of achievement.

"His Majesty's Theatre is one of our capital's most beautiful heritage buildings and is a truly outstanding landmark for theatregoers and visitors alike," Ms McHale said.

Along with the Midland Workshops, the theatre was declared a State Heritage Icon for December by the Minister, representing Premier Geoff Gallop, celebrating 175 years of the State's history.

His Majesty's Theatre joins other WA icons named this year including the Swan River, Fremantle Harbour, Kings Park, Albany Anzac Dawn Service, Rottnest Island, Broome Pearls, Ningaloo, the Western Derby, the Royal Show and Kalgoorlie Gold.

Ms McHale announced that facilities would be further improved with the Gallop Government's allocation of $1.5million to upgrade the outdated electrical and lighting infrastructure.

The work will lead to better performance production values, improved energy efficiency and improved occupational health and safety.

Heritage Council Chairman Mr Patric De Villiers and Year of the Built Environment's Steering Committee Chairman Mr Warren Kerr joined the Minister today to unveil a stage door plaque in recognition of performers.

Ms McHale said that in its 100 years, His Majesty's had showcased thousands of performers and delighted generations of audiences.

"Some of the more notable artists to have passed through the original stage door include Dame Nellie Melba, Anna Pavlova, Percy Grainger, Gladys Moncrieff, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Sir Robert Helpmann, Katherine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Sir John Gielgud, Claudette Colbert and Rex Harrison," the Minister said.

"This theatre and its magnificent auditorium have brought an undeniable energy and passion to our society and contributed to the cultural and social fabric of our State."

As part of the day's celebrations, the Hon Sir Charles Court buried a special 'time capsule' in the theatre's foyer. The capsule contains His Majesty's Theatre memorabilia and is set to be opened in another 100 years, in 2104.
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