Event Collits' Inn
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Venue Princess Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
First Date 23 December 1933
Opening Date 23 December 1933
Last Date 9 April 1934
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Part of a Tour Yes
Description "Australia's first musical romance."
Description Source Programme
Primary Genre Music Theatre
Secondary Genre Historical
Subjects Australian National Identity
Efftee Players, Production Company, Reviewer
Name Function Notes
Phyllis Baker Actor
Frank Bradley Actor
Robert Chisholm Actor
Campbell Copelin Actor
Marshall Crosby Actor
Edward O. Davis Actor
John Dobbie Actor
Claude Flemming Actor
Ashton Jarry Actor
D'Arcy Kelway Actor
Garth Meade Actor
Gladys Moncrieff Actor
Phillip Peake Actor
Ron Riley Actor
Russell Scott Actor
Norman Shepherd Actor
Jock Thompson Actor
Byrl Walkley Actor
George Stevenson Wallace Actor
Margaret Berry Assistant Choreographer
Leslie King Assistant Stage Manager
Jennie Brenan Choreographer
Harry Jacobs Composer
W R Coleman Designer
Claude Flemming Director
Thomas Stuart Gurr Librettist
Jock McLeod Lyricist
George Stevenson Wallace Lyricist
Charles Zwar Lyricist
Varney Monk Music and Lyrics
Fred Quintrell Musical Director
F. W. Thring Producer
Rupert Brown Scenic Artist
George Kenyon Scenic Artist
Roy Steyne Stage Manager
Article: Collit's Inn Breaks New Ground. Inspiration in a Country Toy Store., Women's Supplement, 4 January 1934, 8
Article: Many New Shows, The Argus, 23 December 1933
Article: Musical Play. By Sydney Residents. Acclaimed in Melbourne., Sydney Morning Herald, 26 December 1933, 7
Article: Peter Fitzpatrick, Whose turn to shout? The crisis in Australian musical theatre today., Australasian Drama Studies, 38, April 2001, 16-28
Article: Table Talk, 21 December 1933, 1
Article: Table Talk, February 1934, 13
Article: The Herald, 1 November 1933
Article: The Herald, 14 October 1933
Article: The Herald, 18 November 1933
Musical Score: Varney Monk, 'Australia', song from the Australian musical play 'Collits' Inn', Chappell, Sydney, University of Queensland Social Sciences/Humanities Library, 1946, 3 pp.
Review: Collits' Inn. Australian Musical Play. First Night Success., The Argus, 26 December 1933, 3
Review: The Age, 26 December 1933, 9
Review: The Home : an Australian quarterly, March 1934, 7
Collits' Inn
Text Nationality Australia
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information The programme contains brief biographies, photos and song lyrics. The complete cast list was entered. First act broadcast on 2GB from Princess Theatre, Melbourne, 23 December 1933.
Data Source
Source Description
Programme SBW Foundation Archives and Performing Arts Collection
Programme SBW Foundation Archives and Performing Arts Collection
Programme SBW Foundation Archives and Performing Arts Collection
Australian Drama Project (UQ) COLLITSTG
Event Identifier 16548