Adelaide Repertory Theatre

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'The Adelaide Repertory Theatre (The Rep) is an amateur theatre company in Adelaide, South Australia. It is the longest surviving amateur theatre company in the Southern Hemisphere.[1][2] It celebrated its centenary in 2008 having been set up in 1908 by students from the Elder Conservatorium.[3][4]

The company currently presents four productions each year and The Arts Theatre is used by theatre groups and the community.

The company has performed at many venues around Adelaide.[4] In 1963, the company opened the Arts Theatre. The first production there was the Peter Ustinov comedy, Romanoff and Juliet.[5]


Notable associates[edit]

Notable associates of the Theatre include:

  • Roxy Byrne - actress[10]
  • Frank Ford AM - Director
  • Alexander Melrose - playwright[11]
  • Keith Michell - Actor[4]
  • Sydney Talbot Smith - Chairperson, Vice President and President at times between 1919 and 1948[12]


  1. ^ Affort, T. (1995). Adelaide Repertory Theatre. In P. Parsons (General Editor), Companion to Theatre in Australia. Sydney, Currency Press, p. 11
  2. ^ Comans, Dr Christine A.W. (2006) La Boite's History as Doctoral Study: A Research Methodology Story. NJ Drama Australia Journal 30(2):pp. 73-82.
  3. ^ Geoffrey Milne, (2004), Theatre Australia (Un)limited: Australian Theatre Since the 1950s, Rodopi, p. 75, ISBN 90-420-0930-6
  4. ^ a b c Brissenden, Alan (2008-09-25). "Stirring the intellectual pot". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 2008-10-16. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Austage
  6. ^ Adelaide Repertory Theatre, Sustained contribution (organisations) 2008 Winner, Ruby Awards, ARTS SA[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ The Awards Archived 4 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Adelaide Critics Circle. Retrieved 2007-05-19
  8. ^ Amateur Theatre I Hate Hamlet, Messenger Newspapers, 2006
  9. ^ City Messenger Theatre Awards
  10. ^ Roxy Byrne entry at the Australian Women’s Archives Project
  11. ^ Alexander Melrose entry at the Australian Dictionary of Biography
  12. ^ Sydney Talbot Smith entry at the Australian Dictionary of Biography

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