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Ensemble Theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. A limited edition book commemorating the theatre’s history is available for purchase through our Box Office on 02 9929 0644.

On May 11 in 1958, a group of talented theatricals, who had been studying acting with American expatriate actor Hayes Gordon, assembled to present the first of two Sunday night performances in Cammeray Children’s Library under the banner Variations on Similar Themes. The invitations to their premiere performance of a selection of Tennessee Williams’ works one of the actors noted, “We haven’t a name yet. Yes, we admit to training – Strasbergian, Stanislavskian, Meisnerian, Gordonian etc and we emphasise what might be referred to as the ‘ensemble’ values in production”.

In 1960, the company moved to the current premises in the old boatshed at Careening Cove. The boatshed was converted by the members of the company into a theatre in the round and for 20 years presented theatre in this format. During the early 1980’s the venue underwent a major refurbishment during which time the company moved its base of operations to the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House which was being used as a cinema at the time. The Ensemble’s refurbished venue was re-opened in 1984 and the company celebrated 40 years in its Kirribilli home in the year 2000 with an extended season of 16 plays presented at four venues across Sydney.

Founding Artistic Director Hayes Gordon appointed Sandra Bates to take over as Artistic Director in 1986 and Sandra continues in this role today, recently celebrating her 29th Anniversary with the company. Sandra has led the theatre through uncertain economic times to establish it as one of the most successful theatre companies in Australia with the third largest subscription base in the country. In 2011, Sandra invited Mark Kilmurry to share the role of Artistic Director, and the theatre continued to thrive under their Co Artistic Directorship. Sandra Bates announced her retirement in January 2016, celebrating 30 years at the helm of the company and making her the longest serving Artistic Director of any theatre company in the country. Mark Kilmurry continues as sole Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre from 2016.

 

Past Productions

Educating Rita, 2015

The Shoe-Horn Sonata 2015

The Anzac Project, 2015

Video: A conversation with the playwrights
Video: Teaser trailer

Stage Manager Props List
Program Page 1 Page 2

Production Photos

Other Desert Cities, 2014

Backstage Confessions: Stephen Multari (Actor), 2014

Richard III, 2014
Education Pack

Backstage Confessions: Mark Kilmurry (Actor, Director and Adaptor), 2014

Video: Richard III Season Promo

Video: Mark Kilmurry as Richard III

Video: Why Richard Does what he Does

Video: The Twists and Turns of Richard III
Video: The Language of Richard III Part 1

Video: The Language of Richard III Part 2
Production Photos

Program

The Glass Menagerie, 2013

Set Design
Production Photos 

Education Pack 
Program

A Year with Frog and Toad, 2013

Costume Design 
Set Design
Production Photos

Education Pack 
Program  

Managing Carmen, 2012
Set Design 
Lighting Design 
Production Photos 
Program 
Becky Shaw, 2012
Set Design 
Production Photos 
Program 
Warning Explicit Material, 2011

Set Design

Production Photos

Program  
Casanova, 2011

Costume Design

Set Design

Lighting Design

Production Photos

Program 
Nothing Personal, 2011

Set Design

Production Photos

Program  
The God Committee, 2010

Costume Design

Production Photos

Program 
Little Nell, 2009

Costume Design

Production Photos

Program 
Hamlet, 2006

Production Photos

Media Release

 

To view a full list of our past productions, CLICK HERE (PDF) (239 Kb).