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Gilbert & Sullivan: Book Review

Diana Burleigh
BOOK REVIEW: Gilbert and Sullivan: The players and the plays by Kurt Gänzl, State University of New York Press, Albany, 2021 Gilbert and Sullivan by Kurt GänzlKurt gÄnzl is the go to man for anything to do with musical theatre. He has…

Sylvia Fisher: Greatest Australian singer since Melba

Roger Neill
ROGER NEILL explores the life and legacy of an Australian-born operatic prima donna, Sylvia Fisher, who enjoyed a successful career at Covent Garden from the 1940s, later becoming a favourite of Benjamin Britten. Yet despite these…

Behind the Plaque: The Arrow Theatre, Middle Park

Cheryl Threadgold
with Diana Phoenix The building in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Middle Park that once housed the Arrow Theatre still stands, and as CHERYL THREADGOLD and DIANA PHOENIX discover, it was a site of rich cultural activity for over sixty…

Memories of Tait Theatre

Peter Stephenson Jones
PETER STEPHENSON JONES pays tribute to theatre director and actor William Robert Bates, who ran a private drama school affiliated with the Tait Theatre in Leicester Street, Carlton. During the 1970s the William Bates Academy was the…

Sweet Nell

Elisabeth Kumm
Australian actress Nellie Stewart (1858–1931) created hundreds of roles during her sixty-seven year stage career, performing in comic operas, pantomimes, burlesques and plays. As ELISABETH KUMM discovers, one of her most admired…

National Theatre: Fact is often stranger than fiction

Robert Taylor
ROBERT TAYLOR, director of the National Theatre in St Kilda, Melbourne, for nineteen years, takes a look at the history of The Australian National Theatre Movement founded by Gertrude Johnson in 1935. Gertrude Johnson, c.1955. National…

Flame of Desire

Peter Pinne
Once again we dip into past issues of On Stage to revive old articles and present them to a new audience. With Frank Van Straten’s recent book Hanky Panky in mind, we republish PETER PINNE’s look at Jack O’Hagan’s musical Flame of Desire…

Walter Kirby: Australia’s forgotten Caruso (Part 2)

Frank Van Straten
Part 2 of FRANK VAN STRATEN’s biography of little-known New Zealand-born Australian tenor continues with Walter Kirby’s departure for London in 1903. ‘The darling of tip-top society’ Walter Kirby, 1898. Photo by Lafayette, Melbourne. One…

Thus Far: The story of my life (Part 8)

Madge Elliott
Following their successful ‘come-back’ tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1932–33, Madge Elliott and Cyril Ritchard returned to London via America (where they spent time seeing the sights of Hollywood and New York.) Madge and Cyril soon…

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Madge Elliot

Thus Far: The story of my life (Part 1)

To coincide with Cyril Ritchard and Madge Elliott’s Australian theatrical tour for J.C. Williamson’s in 1934-36 (having based themselves in London since 1925), Madge Elliott collaborated on a series…

C.H. Workman

C.H. Workman in Australia (Part 1)

Advertising card for Utopia Limited, c.1894. Author’s collection. Singer, comedian and Savoyard C.H. Workman arrived in Australia in 1914 as a member of The Girl in the Taxi company. He spent a total…

Book reviews

Gilbert & Sullivan: Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: Gilbert and Sullivan: The players and the plays by Kurt Gänzl, State University of New York Press, Albany, 2021 Gilbert and Sullivan by Kurt GänzlKurt gÄnzl is the go to man for anything…