MUSEUM OF PERFORMING ARTS will take visitors on an informative and anecdotal wander through 105 years of colourful show business history, viewing front of house, auditorium, stage and backstage.
- Collection Type:Art,Entertainment
Opened in 2001 and set in the basement adjacent to the cabaret venue "DownStairs at the Maj", the museum is a treasure trove of photographs, programmes, posters, press clippings, puppets, scrapbooks, sheet music, designs, recordings, scripts, scores and costumes. Constantly changing exhibitions celebrate Western Australia’s entertainment heritage, from the colony’s early days, through the Gold Rush, to the computerised present. All areas of performing arts are represented: opera, ballet, contemporary dance, musicals, drama, cabaret, vaudeville, revue, circus and stand-up comedy.
His Majesty’s Theatre historian and Museum of Performing Arts curator Ivan King will take visitors on an informative and anecdotal wander through 105 years of colourful show business history, viewing front of house, auditorium, stage, backstage and museum.
Tourists, school groups and social clubs are welcome.
Admission to the Museum of Performing Arts is by gold coin. (AUD$1 or $2) with contributions assisting in developing and conserving the collection and making it available for public viewing.