Thursday, October 20, 2016

Perth Heritage Days 2016.. His Majesty's Theatre.



 His Majesty's Theatre, just one of the many venues open last weekend during Perth Heritage Days 2016. Named after King Edward V11 reigning monarch of the time, the theatre opened it's doors on Christmas Eve 1904. You have seen 'bits' of His Maj before :) using my new semi fish-eye lens is the only way I can get the whole building into shot. Four storeys of Edwardian Baroque fabulousness, its crowning glory the painted dome, which was originally designed to slide open on a warm summer evening to allow the audience to enjoy the cooling breezes.. I would have loved to experience that! During major renovations in 1977 the dome was permanently sealed and redecorated to match it's original 1904 design..  


Below.. this way to the stage door.. the 'employees only' entrance to the theatre.  Have you ever waited for an autograph at the stage door? I never have.. wonder if it's too late :)


Loved the signs outside the 'ladies and gents', can just imagine the ladies standing at the mirrors below powdering their noses in the interval! I would have liked to take more shots in the auditorium, unfortunately not allowed as the stage was being set up for the latest production, The Pearl Fishers. I was lucky to get a quick shot of the dome before I was spotted :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...   


21 comments:

  1. A magnificent building! The heritage days concept sounds rather similar to our doors open program.

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  2. That is one very spectacular dome! Sometimes we photographers have to be a bit sneaky to get the shot we want.

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  3. The dome & building are both beautiful, Grace!

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  4. Very fine, Grace. You are getting a lot of use out of that almost fisheye lens.

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  5. Wonderful looking theater. Love the poster for Driving Miss Daisy. These two stars are among the very few I might actually wait at a stage door for an autograph. Have you attended plays here often?

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  6. A wonderful building but what a shame they put that ugly 50 sign on the facade.

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  7. That dome is very special ...

    All the best Jan

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  8. Beautiful building and magnificent dome Grace.

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  9. Wonderful shots, Grace - the interior ones have a 'fly on the wall' feel to them. And love the dome!

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  10. É magnifico o edifício deste belo teatro.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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  11. That is so nice to have a look inside the theater, it looks beautiful. That is the way a theater must look like, with red plush.

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  12. Thanks for the peeks inside, Grace - the dome is really beautiful.
    Sad the occasionally cool evening breeze is forever gone!

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  13. Wonderful theatre! I recognize the actress of Tv serie "Murder she wrote"...Mrs. Fletcher always on stage! Arianna

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  14. I love the facade! And it's always fun to get a backstage tour.

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  15. You did well to get good pictures of difficult subjects.

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  16. Love the curved balconies on His Majesty's building.

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  17. Such a grand theatre. Impressive in the streetscape. Beautifully preserved.

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