Playhouse Theatre

The 1956 Playhouse Theatre was demolished today. Athough it was too small to have have had the awful Lackers Olivier tread the boards, apparently he and Vivs sent a congratulatory telegram for the opening. Fuck  off Larry. Even Richard Burton was calling you a dumb cunt according to his diary excerpts released by his wife today. (He really did, although in a more sonorous tone.) In any case, the Playhouse was never that good looking a building – in my memory anyway. It had been pissed around with for too many years. The original brick looked far better. But can we afford to knock what’s left of our history down? A couple of pics from Perth’s Best architecture below, after my demolition shot. Next door to this vanished worst.

About AHC McDonald

Comedian, artist, photographer and critic. From 2007 to 2017 ran the culture and satire site The Worst of Perth
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21 Responses to Playhouse Theatre

  1. BSWAM says:

    I confess I really like the original building, and even with the new paint job and other changes it has a real street presence. I know mid-century modern doesn’t do it for everyone but this was a solid example. The little windows at the attic level were a nice touch.

    Is it being replaced by a new playhouse? Also, what is the handsome-looking Gothic building it adjoined?

    I have some new HRV worsts for you. Real Dunwich Horror stuff.


  2. vegan says:

    it was in a little precinct with the anglican cathedral, church hall and deanery, all really rather nice.


  3. Olivier’s portrayal of Othello is one rather controversial because Olivier wears heavy black makeup in the role. He is so black in the role that one light reflects off of him in the right way he does in fact look a little blue.


  4. skink says:

    why do I get the nagging feeling that the State Theatre was built so that they could demolish the Playhouse and free up some prime real estate in the CBD?

    rather sad that Perth hasn’t got enough new Winton plays to keep two theatres open.


  5. Russell Woolf's Lovechild says:

    Why do all black and white photos of 1970’s building make them look like TB or STD clinics?


  6. rottobloggo says:

    I did my year 12 work experience here in 1983: I forget the name of the production I assisted with, but I did help sculpt a nude from foam.
    My thespian colleagues said her bottom was too big.


  7. smarTTrams says:

    Why the attack on the Oliviers in this? The Playhouse Theatre didn’t exist when Larry and Viv performed in Perth so ridiculous to say that they rejected playing there because it was too small!


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