The Garrick Theatre is situated in the heritage town of Guildford, Western Australia. The club was named after the famous English actor and dramatist, David Garrick. Founded in 1932, Garrick is the longest-running community theatre in the Perth metropolitan area. Garrick will celebrate 79 years on May 13.
On April 16, 1932, Mrs W Dancer and a few friends met at “Riversleigh” where it was decided to form a Repertory Club. On May 13, 1932, The Garrick Theatre Club was born. This group gathered regularly at “Riversleigh” until more permanent premises were obtained at the Mechanic’s Institute in Guildford.
Later, the move to the club’s present home in Meadow Street was made possible with the assistance of the local council, whose interest in Garrick’s aims and activites has never waned. This “home” was constructed in the early days of the colony and served initially as quarters for the Commissariat. The building is heritage-listed. Various renovations and additions have taken place over the decades, perhaps most notably; a new stage with revolve in the 1990s.
Over almost eight decades, the Garrick Theatre has bought to the community a wide variety of entertainment. In it’s turn, it has received many awards and today is one of the most respected community theatre groups in the state. The club is run entirely by members on a voluntary basis.
For more details of the club’s early history, please contact us for information on obtaining a copy of Meg Tanner’s book, “The Golden Years of The Garrick Theatre”.
Garrick is always interested in attracting new members, so why not submit your membership application and receive our bi-monthly newsletter, discount on your tickets to our shows and more? There are also opportunities to be a part of the team of volunteers who man Front of House, Ticket Box and Bar in addition to the potential of being selected as cast or crew for productions. Those wishing to join can download the appropriate form from the Join the Club page or pick one up from the red box next to the bar at the theatre. Applications can be returned by post or in person at the box office or bar at the theatre.
Contact details for the theatre, bookings and committee can be found on the Contact Us page.