Theatre Heritage Australia - Simon Piening
Simon Piening

Simon Piening

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:41

Before the curtain rises

An article by 'Icarus' published in The Australasian, dated July 10, 1937, makes mention of the JCW scene books, and in particular a Mr W. White, who was charged with maintaining them. The article demonstrates the mammoth task of co-ordinating the technical elements of a touring JCW production, and the great lengths the company went to document their works.


before the curtain rises

HEREABOUTS I met Mr. W. White, who, among other things, has to know all about all the scenery used by J. C. Williamson Ltd. since time began. He has a book and index, in which there is a photograph of every scene painted by the company. He knows how to lay his hand on any one of them in five minutes. Besides the vast stores attached to His Majesty's Theatre in Exhibition street, "J.C.W." own an even larger block in Richmond, which contains an enormous amount of scenery and properties—all catalogued and instantly accessible. All their hundreds of back-cloths are also available. Any show they have ever staged could be dug out at an hour's notice.

Excerpt from "Before the curtain rises" (The Australasian, 1937)

Monday, 08 May 2017 19:12

Ladies, Please!

This CD was originally distributed with the THA magazine, ON STAGE, Summer 2010

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 06:44

Digital Galleries

Theatre Heritage Australia maintains an ever increasing collection of digital assets including rare books, archival images and audio.



These audio files were originally distributed as CDs with ON STAGE, the magazine of THA. They are now available to listen online.



THA has digitised a number of important books, pamphlets & programs, now out of copyright

JCW Scene Books

JCW Scene Books

Digitized Scene Books from the JC Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

Theatrical and musical items including engravings, photographs, newspaper cuttings, and entrance tickets.

Photo galleries

Photo galleries

The THA has a digital collection of rare production photographs, many from the JC Williamson era.

Sunday, 02 October 2016 11:19


Sunday, 02 October 2016 11:17

The Chalk Garden

Sunday, 02 October 2016 11:13

The Gondoliers

Sunday, 02 October 2016 11:09

The Mikado


Sunday, 02 October 2016 11:05

The Pajama Game

Sunday, 02 October 2016 11:03

Trial by Jury

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