Theatre and performance in Victoria

Find information about theatrical performers, performances, theatre companies and venues. Includes everything from drama, opera and dance to circus, puppetry and readings.

State Library Victoria


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Guide owner

This guide will help you research live performance in Victoria. It will also help you find information about Victorians who performed interstate or overseas.

The guide will assist you if you are a theatre studies student, historian, curator, director or genealogist researching family history.

The Library's Theatre Programme Collection is a major resource. One of the oldest and largest collections in Australia, it is particularly useful for people studying the performing arts in Victoria. In addition to programmes it includes brochures, handbills/playbills and publicity material. It covers any event with an element of live performance from drama, opera and dance to circus, puppetry and readings.

Link to performances    Link to performers

Link to companies    Link to venues

Australian theatre history

The book, The playbill and its people: Australia's earliest printed document describes Australian theatre in the late 1700s.

George Coppin's life in theatre, H8306

George Coppin's life in theatre, H8306