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Theatrical traditions: stage and screen in Bendigo

16 October 2015 - 14 March 2016

Western theatrical traditions came to Bendigo with fortune seekers in the 1850s. Since then, everything from amateur to professional, Shakespeare, opera, live music, eisteddfods, Vaudeville, musicals and comedy have graced the many stages in Bendigo. The beginning of the 20th century heralded the dawn of the motion picture, which by the middle of the century was the most popular form of entertainment. Existing Bendigo theatres quickly adapted and numerous purpose built picture theatres were constructed. Theatrical traditions: stage and screen in Bendigo looked at key moments, venues and people in the evolution of such entertainment in Bendigo.


A full-colour exhibition catalogue is available from the Bendigo Art Gallery shop.

Lyle Fowler, Australia (1891 - 1969), Exterior view of Plaza Theatre Bendigo, 1936, digital reproduction. Courtesy of Harold Paynting Collection. State Library of Victoria