TUCKED away in the UWA arts building is a symbol of world theatre.
The New Fortune Theatre was the first replica Shakespearean theatre built in the Southern Hemisphere, opening in 1964.
Winthrop Professor in English and Cultural Studies at UWA Bob White said the stage drew a number of overseas visitors keen to experience an authentic reconstruction of London’s 1600s Fortune Playhouse.
Prof White, with Ciara Rawnsley, is one of the editors of The New Fortune Theatre: That Vast Open Stage, featuring essays on the theatre’s origins and the significance of the stage.
The outdoor theatre was the brainchild of Professor Allan Edwards, Chair of English at UWA in 1941.
The first production of Hamlet at the New Fortune Theatre opened to a full house on January 29, 1964.
“It was a big international event, the world was watching,” Prof White said.
The book is out now from UWA Publishing.
Editor Bob White at the New Fortune Theatre.