CELEBRATING AN ICONIC HISTORY
Back in 1966 Sydney businessman and philanthropist Everest Reginald York Seymour left a significant bequest for, ‘…the construction of a building to serve as a centre for the cultivation, education and performance of musical and dramatic arts…‘.
The University of Sydney became the trustee of this bequest and the Seymour Centre was opened in 1975, designed by Allan Jack and Cottier, followed by internal refurbishments in 2000 by Lahz Nimmo Architects.
Since it opened in 1975, the Seymour Centre has become one of Sydney’s leading cultural hubs, now celebrating its 40th Anniversary.
It’s a venue that has played host to some of Australia’s most famous faces, with Geoffrey Rush, Jackie Weaver, Judy Davis, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman (in her professional debut) and Mel Gibson among the stars to have trodden the boards in their earliest productions.
The Seymour has also welcomed a remarkable array of international artists and companies to the stage in its first 40 years, including Florence and the Machine, DV8, Royal Shakespeare Company, Steven Berkoff, Robert Lepage, Seal, Neil Finn and Eddie Vedder. It has served as a versatile performance space for Australian companies such as Nimrod Theatre Company, Belvoir, The Australian Opera, Musica Viva, Circus Oz and in its early years, Sydney Dance Company.
During Belvoir’s renovations, the award-winning plays Who is Sylvia? Or The Goat and Keating! – The Musical were staged at the Seymour to great acclaim. Major international presentations at the venue include Theatre de Complicitie’s Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, Street of Crocodiles and Winter’s Tale.
“The Seymour has, without doubt, been the venue for some of Sydney’s most memorable theatre experiences, some that still live in the memories of many theatre-goers among the best theatre they’ve ever seen.”
“The Seymour has also been the place where emerging arts companies have been ‘taken-in’ to become residents, and provided a range of benefits to help them reach their potential and move to the next level of sustainability.”
Tim Jones, Artistic Director of the Seymour Centre.