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Ballarat's Her Majesty's Theatre is one of Australia's most significant historic theatres. Built in 1875 by Sir William Clarke, Bt, it has operated continuously as a venue for live performance since then.
The building encapsulates the evolution of theatre from the era of opera bouffe and melodrama to contemporary performance.
Described by Ross Thorne in 1970 as ‘the most important theatre building in Australia today’, Her Majesty's was given a major renovation from 1988 to 1990, which restored many of the heritage features of the building as well as ensuring the theatre was equipped to face the future with state-of-the-art stage technology.
The theatre has sustained a vibrant local theatre scene in Ballarat and has been associated with the Royal South Street Competitions since 1965. Her Majesty's is now owned and operated by the City of Ballarat.
This book reviews the history of the theatre, both as a building and as a social institution, being the focus for the vigorous cultural life of one of Australia's largest and most historic provincial cities.
Currency Press | 978-0-97574-831-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
trained as an historian at the University of Melbourne and as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts. He has lived in Ballarat since 1989, and for much of that time has worked at Her Majesty's Theatre, combining the roles of Publicist and Theatre Historian. He has worked to build the Theatre's Archive and resources about the history of the performing arts in Ballarat and its region. As a professional performer, he uses performance to explore and celebrate aspects of local history and culture. He is now the Marketing Officer City Attractions for the City of Ballarat.
Val Sarah’s passion for theatre was nurtured with The Norwich Players at the Maddermarket Theatre in the UK and as a multi award-winning actress with Ballarat National Theatre. Her working career included seventeen years in television production and presentation in the UK and Australia International President of Zonta International from 1998 to 2000, Val worked with a small team to publish Zonta´s ninety-year history since inception in 1919. `This´, she says, `was very valuable experience for the privilege of working with Peter, paying tribute to Ballarat´s unique cultural heritage through this history of Her Maj'.