About Us

Maitland Repertory Theatre

We are an unfunded community theatre group, with the aim of staging plays and other forms of cultural activity, for the entertainment of audiences and the pleasure and satisfaction of members. As well as learning and using acting skills, many members develop and use their talents in behind-the-scenes and backstage work.

A Rich Heritage

2017 celebrates our 70th Year of bringing great plays to Maitland and our 52nd year of performance in our 160 year old High Street theatre.

Located in the heart of Heritage Maitland's Cultural Precinct, Maitland Repertory Theatre was a Congregational Church before being purchased in 1964 from the church and being converted to its current use as a theatre by Maitland Repertory in 1965. The theatre is located opposite Maitland Town Hall and the Maitland Regional Art Gallery on the corner of James St and High St.

A Short History of Maitland Repertory Theatre

Our first meeting was held at the Grand Central Hotel, Bourke Street, in 1947 and we have presented plays every year since. Our first play, Tons of Money, was staged at the Town Hall. In 1950 we began using the Methodist Hall for performances, but held meetings and rehearsals in a variety of venues, including the loft of a large hay shed.

In 1960 we became the owners of a block of land in Devonshire Street, bought a disused three-room army hut from Greta Army Camp and had it moved onto the block. This was our first real home, but the plays were staged at St Paul’s Hall.

In 1963 the Congregational Church came up for sale, and we borrowed the money (which has since been repaid) to buy it. By our own efforts it was converted into a theatre in 1964 and while we used the building for rehearsals, the first play in the Repertory Playhouse, Doctor in the House, was not staged until 1965. The Playhouse is now over 160 years old.

Fire regulation crack-downs in 1980, following Sydney’s Whisky A Go-Go fire, closed us down, as it was judged not up to public hall standards. A new foyer with toilets and a shed for the costume collection were built and fire equipment installed, and the building opened again in 1982.

In 1974 Junior Repertory was formed for young people aged 8 to 16. In 2000 Reamus was formed to train 16 to 25 year olds. In 2016 Junior Repertory became Maitland Repertory Theatre Acting Classes so that regular classes could be offered to wider age ranges.

We rely on money earned from shows to pay all rates, maintenance, advertising, royalties, insurance and other associated costs. Every year the Theatre faces challenges, but thrives thanks to our active cultural community.

At the 2011 Annual Meeting members changed our name from Maitland Repertory Society to Maitland Repertory Theatre.

How Our Theatre is Organised

Maitland Repertory Theatre is an incorporated association. The Annual General Meeting is usually held in March each year. The Executive and Management Committee of 12 and are elected at the AGM to manage the Theatre on behalf of its members. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Members who are elected to committee, subcommittee and other formal positions are expected to make a serious commitment to their role for one year and to attend meetings and carry out other duties as required. All members are invited to attend and contribute their ideas to meetings. The Theatre’s constitution is available on the Get Involved page of the Theatre’s website.

Acting Groups

Maitland Repertory Theatre provides an environment for a number of age-specific groups to train in the dramatic arts and perform on stage.

The Theatre presents four major play seasons each year, including an annual show at the end of the year. Auditions for plays are announced through the Maitland Repertory’s eNews and via social media. The director of the play and an elected casting committee decide the cast.

Maitland Repertory Theatre Acting Classes – This group caters for 8 to 21 year old members. Classes are held on Saturdays and other scheduled times at the theatre and an annual show of 9 or 10 performances is presented. The group performed Peter Pan in July 2017.

Reamus Youth Theatre – This group caters for 16 to 25 year old young people. They meet on Monday evenings at the theatre and produce at least one play each year, usually a Shakespeare production.

Program of Shows

Three mainstream plays, a Maitland Repertory Theatre Acting Classes play, and an annual end of year show, usually a comedy or melodrama, are featured each year. Reamus presents a major production each year, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015), Titus (2016) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (2017). Training workshops in acting or directing are held regularly.

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Production History

2010

Breath of Spring
12 Angry Jurors
The Witches
Reamus’ The Winters Tale
Kid Stakes
All For Your Delight

2011

Star Spangled Girl
Other Times
James and the Giant Peach
Reamus’ As You Like It
An Inspector Calls
Death By Chocolate

2012

Secret Bridesmaids' Business
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Reamus’ Richard 3
Tom Dick and Harry
Only An Orphan Girl

2013

Our Town
The Guardsman
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Reamus’ Much Ado About Nothing
Deathtrap
Pure As The Driven Snow

2014

Boeing-Boeing
The Freedom of the City
Toad of Toad Hall
Reamus’ The Tempest
Miranda
The Butler Did It

2015

Sex Please We're Sixty
Antigone
Gaslight
Alice in Wonderland
Reamus’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Navigating
The Mumberley Inheritance

2016

Therese Raquin
Funny Money
Cinderella
Reamus’ Titus
Blithe Spirit
Nunsensations (with MMS)

2017

Strangers on a Train
Reamus’ Dreamtime
Don’t Dress For Dinner
Peter Pan
Reamus’ Love’s Labour’s Lost
The Diary of Anne Frank

2000

Goldilocks
Key for Two
Chorus of Disapproval
After the Ball
The Orchid of Doom

2001

Beauty and the Beast
Rumors
Reamus 1 Act Nights
Move Over Mrs Markham
That Christmas of ’75
Cinderipper Jackarella

2002

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Reamus 1 Act Nights
Lend Me a Tenor
A Woman of No Importance
Reamus 1 Act Nights
The Day After the Fair
Reamus’ Richard III
Down Memory Lane, a Music Hall

2003

Alice in Wonderland
Angels in the Conservatory
Reamus 1 Act Nights
Wait Until Dark
Much Ado About Nothing
Drama Feast –Reamus Five 1 Act Plays
A Christmas Carol

2004

Reamus 1 Act Nights
Robin Hood
Flying Feathers
Reamus 1 Act Nights
Dead of Night
Reamus 1 Act Nights
The Miser
Reamus 1 Act Nights
Ma Baker’s Tonic

2005

Comic Potential
Reamus 1 Act Nights
Aladdin
A Servant of Two Masters
The Macropolis Secret
Reamus’ Macbeth
Hazel Kirke

2006

Cosi
Captain Hook’s Revenge
I Remember Mama
Reamus’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Dragon
Romulus 1 Act Plays
Sweeney Todd Shock and Roll Show

2007

Money and Friends
Dick Whittington and Wondercat
Run For Your Wife
The Last Wake at Sheoak Creek
Reamus’ Romeo and Juliet
Love Rides the Rails

2008

Butterflies Are Free
Treasure Island
Romulus’ Two 1 Act Plays
Dangerous Corner
Reamus’ Merry Wives of Windsor
Romulus’ Short and Sweet
Caught in the Net
Maria Marten (Murder in the Red Barn)

2009

Taking Sides
Reamus’ Rooted
A Crown and Two Swords
Amigos
Reamus’ Twelfth Night
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Largs Ruby Mine

1990

Roomies
Reedy River
Confusions
Dry Rot
The Mumberly Inheritance

1991

Just Between Ourselves
The Old Familiar Juice, The Chocolate Frog (1 Acts)
Beach Blanket Tempest
A Game of Love and Chance
A Ritzy Affair Music Hall

1992

Trolls
Something’s Afoot
Top Gear
Horseshoe Bend
The Drunkard

1993

Slacky Flat
The House of Bernada Alba
Run for Your Wife
Lady Windermere’s Fan
The Dreadful Revenge of Dr Chu

1994

The Ghost Train
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Touch and Go
Rebecca
Mandragola
Never Trust a Tattooed Sailor

1995

Short Cuts - Three 1 Acts
Peter Pan
The Cat and the Canary
The Broken Jug
Relative Strangers
Music Mirth and Minstrel Music Hall

1996

Pinocchio
Don’t Just Lie There Say Something
Turn of the Screw
Private Lives
Happy Aussie Music Hall

1997

Tons of Money
The Wind in the Willows
The Man From Muckinupin
Steel Magnolias
Polly Pureheart

1998

Dr Scalpel’s Missing Bits
When Did You Last See Your Trousers
Night Must Fall
Right You Are If You Think So
Egad, the Woman in White

1999

Cinderella
Arms and the Man
Hay Fever
Ned Kelly, the Man in the Iron Bucket

1980

The Magic Sword
The Crucible

1981

Not Now Darling
Little Red Riding Hood
Any night of the Week (Music Hall)

1982

Mother Figure (1 Act)
Fitting For Ladies
Queer Street
Our Town
Lady Audley’s Secret

1983

A Little Bit of Fluff
Oh, What a Lovely War
The Lesson (1 Act)
The American Dream
Shadow in the Sun
Horrors! Down for the Count!

1984

Cinderella
The Queen and the Rebels
Not the Nine O’clock Revues
There Goes the Bride
Sunday Costs Five Pesos
On the Wallaby
Rosencranz and Gildenstern Are Dead
Talking Shop
Sweeney Todd

1985

Loot
Shadow Box
There’s Money Coming to You, Octopus, Mr Flit, and Spot of Lunch (Club night)
Go Back For Murder
A Sock Full of Custard
Ghosts
Last Horseshoe Bend Beauty Pageant
Dracula

1986

Darling Mr London
Toad of Toad Hall
James and the Giant Peach
Scumbag Pies Revue
Happy Birthday
Maids
Molly Morgan Music Hall

1987

Dick Whittington and Wonder Cat
Alphabetical Order
Dick Whittington (repeated)
Pygmalion
Crocodiles Don’t Eat Lettuce Revue
The Insect and the Drink, Andrew and Pluto, Crimson Stain (1 Acts)
Death Trap
Halloween Radio Plays
Deadwood Dick

1988

Lawson
The Last Wake at She-Oak Creek
Travelling North
The Flood Show
Only an Orphan Girl

1989

Remember Tennessee
King Richard
Relatively Speaking
The Best of Four Worlds: The Guilty Generation, That’s Murder, Albert and Singalong (1 Acts)
Arsenic and Old Lace
An evening with A. B. Paterson
Virtue Triumphant

1970

Boeing Boeing
The Tower
Wolf’s Clothing
Aladdin

1971

Cat on the Fiddle
Every Other Evening
Gaslight
Say Who You Are

1972

Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf
The Lion in Winter
I’ll Get My Man
The Glass Menagerie
A Night of Music
Love Rides the Rails

1973

The Golden Legion of Cleaning Women
Hiss the Villain (1 Act)
The Slaughter of St Teresa’s Day
Breakfast With Julia
The Sweatproof Boy
Eden House
Little Nell of the Klondyke

1974

The Other Cinderella
Roar Like a Dove
White Liars (1 Act)
Black Comedy and White Liars (1 Acts)
Mixed Doubles
Children and Animals at Play
Billy Liar
Lily the Felon’s Daughter

1975

Rattle of a Simple Man
The Public Eye and The Private Ear
Hotel Paradiso
Legend of the Golden Cage
The Trials of Hilary Pouncefort
Nick of Time

1976

Hobson’s Choice
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Private Ear
Plaza Suite
Heartbreak House
Andrew and the Wizard
Egad the Woman in White

1977

Miss Julie, The Lover (1 Acts)
One Wild Oat
The Star Spangled Girl
Dirty Work at the Crossroads

1978

The Heiress
Breath of Spring
Girl in My Soup
Punch and Judy
A Point of View (1 Act)
Curse You, Jack Dalton

1979

Mutatis Mutandis, Thief, Irresistible Albert (1 Acts)
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
The Legend of the Losers
Ten Nights in a Bar room

1960

Beside the Seaside
Running Riot
Bell, Book and Candle
The Lovebirds

1961

Variety concert with 1 Acts
Dinner with the Family
Wild Goose Chase
Three 1 Act Plays
Dead on Nine

1962

The House by the Lake
Wanted One Body
A Lady Mislaid
Arsenic and Old Lace
Villa for Sale, That’s Murder (1 Acts)
Ten Little Niggers
The Brides of March

1963

The Happy Time
Two Faces of Murder
For Pete’s Sake
The Happy Man
One Wild Oat
The Gazebo

1964

Pool’s Paradise
The Noble Spaniard
And This Was Odd
One act plays
Love’s a Luxury
Dry Rot
Lady Be Careful

1965

Relative Values
Doctor in the House
Fish out of Water
Charley’s Aunt

1966

Ladies in Retirement
Miranda
The Importance of Being Earnest
A variety concert, with 1 act play
Simon and Laura

1967

The White Sheep of the Family
All For Mary
The Shifting Heart
Post Horn Gallop

1968

The Best Laid Schemes
The One Day of the Year
Pygmalion
Cardiac Capers, a revue
Love in a Mist

1969

The Love Birds
Something to Hide
Pygmalion
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

1950

Wife Required (1 Act) with a revue
The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, The Recoil and George (1 Acts)

1951

Blithe Spirit

1952

The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, Sunday Costs 5 Pesos (1 Acts)
Fumed Oak
The Happiest Days of your Life

1953

Romance in Grey, The Rose and Crown, Weatherwise
Ten Little Niggers

1954

Riders to the Sea, The Sword is Double-edged, Tell It not in Gath (1 Acts)
Yes and No

1955

The Mask, Master Dudley, Joint Owners in Spain (1 Acts)
The Blue Goose
Home and Beauty
The Willow and I

1956

Love in a Mist
The Lord and Hawksaw Sadie, Odds All Even (1 acts)
Home is the Hero
Murder in the Vicarage
Love’s a Luxury
Repertory Revels Revue

1957

Murder Mistaken
Beggar My Neighbour
Blithe Spirit
Dark Summer
Television Topics (a revue)

1958

Fools Rush In
Maiden Ladies
Someone Waiting
Castle in the Air
Small Hotel
Yearly Revue

1959

Intent to Murder
See How They Run
Derelict and Wayside War (1 acts)
Touch of Fear
Nun’s Veiling

1947

Tons of Money

1948

Rookery Nook
The Fruity Melodrama, two other 1 Act plays

1949

A Murder Has Been Arranged