The Canberra Theatre opened on Thursday June 24, 1965 with a gala performance by the Australian Ballet. It holds 1,200 seats. It’s been 40 years since Vlad Mosmondor designed the corporate identity for the Capital Theater Centre.
He also established the branding, menus and the overall look of the outside building. He re-introduced an amazing sculpture that was hid behind the building and brought it out It’s by artist Robert Cook entitled ‘Thespis’, 1965 in bronze. The sculpture was one of the main attractions as people walked into the building.
‘Thespis’ was the legendary originator of Greek tragedy. This is an abstract sculpture of a reclining human figure representing Thespis, who was reputed to be the first person ever to appear on stage as an actor in a leading role rather than as part of a chorus.
Originally funded through the Australian Government through the National Capital Development Authority for the new Canberra Theatre Centre. This work was relocated in 2006 to the refurbished foyer of the Canberra Theatre Centre.
The Canberra Theatre has been Canberra’s home of large scale performing arts from international comedians such as Ross Noble, overseas touring acts like Stomp, iconic musicians such as Tommy Emmanuel and Paul Kelly and touring ballet and opera companies to name just a few.