Frank Van Straten

Frank Van Straten

Over the years Frank has amassed a vast collection of Australian theatre memorabilia. He was director of the Victorian Arts Centre Performing Arts Museum from 1984 until 1993. For 15 years Frank researched and presented ABC Radio's popular Nostalgia feature over Melbourne's 774. He contributes historical articles to many theatre programs and journals. His books include National Treasure: The Story of Gertrude Johnson and the National Theatre (1994), The Regent Theatre: Melbourne's Palace of Dreams(1996), Tivoli (2003), Huge Deal: The Fortunes and Follies of Hugh D. McIntosh (2004), Florence Young and the Golden Years of Australian Musical Theatre(2009), Her Majesty's Pleasure (Her Majesty's, Adelaide. 2013), Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne: : The Shows, The Stars, The Stories (Australian Scholarly Publishing, Kew, 2018), and an upcoming biography of colourful theatre entrepreneur Ernest C. Rolls.

Saturday, 29 June 2013 14:27

Betty Burstall AM

Founder of La Mama Theatre 4.9.1926-14.6.2013 

Obituaries: ABC RNThe Age

Thursday, 13 June 2013 17:26

Geoff Bland

Jazz pianist  17.11.1928-25.5.2013

Thursday, 13 June 2013 17:20

Mr Yunupingu

Musician 17.9.1956-2.6.2013

Thursday, 13 June 2013 17:12

Sue Dwyer

Actress, playwright, administrator d.5.2013

Monday, 27 May 2013 13:44

Johnny Lockwood

Actor, comedian 7.12.1929-25.4.2013. For an obituary see Equity Magazine - Winter 2013.

Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:00

George Sorlie

George Sorlie (1885-1948) – ‘The J.C. Williamson of the road’

Frank Van Straten salutes a great travelling showman.

Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:00

Bendigo's new theatre

Bendigo's new theatre

A link to the Clink

Bendigo’s new theatre – ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’.

A heritage prison will have a new life, reports Frank Van Straten.

Exactly as our friend Gus, the theatre cat, predicted in On Stage back in Autumn last year, the old Bendigo Prison is to be transformed into a handsome new performing arts centre.

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