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Belvoir St Theatre

Address: 25 Belvoir Street Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9699 3444

Tags: drama, innovative, classical

In 1984, a group of 600 entertainment, arts, media professionals and passionate theatre lovers formed a syndicate to save the Nimrod Theatre building from demolition. The group which included some of the most successful people in Australian theatre bought the building at the unique performance space in Sydney’s inner-city.

Later, after more than 25 years passed, it became recognized as the Belvoir St Theatre and remains home to Belvoir, one of Australia’s most distinguished theatre companies. The Belvoir St Theatre is being controlled by Brenna Hobson, the General Manager and is under the artistic leadership of Ralph Myers. Some of the most promising and prominent actors, directors, designers and playwrights in Australia are involved in Belvoir and together they fulfill a yearly season of challenging, dynamic and visionary performances. Belvoir not only restricts its performance in the four corners of the Belvoir St Theatre. It regularly goes on tours and goes festivals to and major arts centres both local and abroad.

The Belvoir St Theatre has stages both Upstairs and Downstairs and both stages have developed the talents of countless prominent Australian artists which included actors like Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Deborah Mailman, Susie Porter, Catherine McClements, David Wenham, Bille Brown, Max Cullen, Richard Roxburgh and Deb Mailman; writers such as Jonathan Gavin, Tommy Murphy, Kate Mulvany and Lally Katz; directors which include Rachael Maza Long, Wesley Enoch, Benedict Andrews, and Neil Armfield, former-Belvoir Artistic Director.

Some of Belvoir St Theatre’s Landmark productions have associated Belvoir which made it one of the most acclaimed and innovative theatre companies in Australia. The productions showcasing Belvoir’s talents include The Diary of a Madman, Cloudstreet, The Alchemist, Waiting for Godot, Hamlet, Gulpilil, Stuff Happens, The Sapphires, Keating! Exit the King, Parramatta Girls, Toy Symphony and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Belvoir’s annual B Sharp season helps other exceptional independent theatre companies.

Belvoir sprang into being out of the unique action taken to save the Nimrod Theatre building from demolition in 1984. Rather than lose a performance space in inner city Sydney, more than 600 arts, entertainment and media professionals as well as ardent theatre lovers, formed a syndicate to buy the building. The syndicate included nearly every successful person in Australian theatre.

Belvoir is one of Australia’s most celebrated theatre companies. Under the artistic leadership of Neil Armfield, the company performs at its home at Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, Sydney, and from there tours to major arts centres and festivals both nationally and internationally. Belvoir engages Australia’s most prominent and promising playwrights, directors, actors and designers to present an annual artistic program that is razor-sharp, popular and challenging.

Belvoir St Theatre’s greatly loved Upstairs and Downstairs stages have been the artistic watering holes of many of Australia’s great performing artists such as Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Susie Porter, Richard Roxburgh, Max Cullen, Bille Brown, David Wenham, Deborah Mailman and Catherine McClements.

Landmark productions like Cloudstreet, The Diary of a Madman, The Alchemist, Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, Gulpilil, The Sapphires, Stuff Happens, Keating!, Parramatta Girls, Exit the King, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Toy Symphony have consolidated Belvoir’s position as one of Australia’s most innovative and acclaimed theatre companies. Belvoir also supports outstanding independent theatre companies through its annual B Sharp season.

Belvoir's 2011 Season marks Ralph Myer's first year as Artistic Director.



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