Friday, 29 August 2008


Newcastle previously boasted several large theatres, among them the oldest purpose-built theatre in Australia, the Victoria Theatre on Perkins Street (built 1876, capacity 1750), saw touring international opera companies such as the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and other troupes, and played host to some of the greatest stars of the age, such as Dame Nellie Melba, Gladys Moncrieff, and Richard Tauber, (it is now closed and derelict);


matty abe said...

Hey, I went through the Victoria last month (yes it does need a good tidy up) but derelict is maybe a bit harsh. Above the shop space, a magnificent relic of the past is very much there. The wheels are sloooowly in motion to re-open it in one form or another.

Anonymous said...

theatre royal hobart is oldest purpose built theatre in aus opening 1837