The Arts at the Heart of Penrith

The Heart of the Arts in Penrith

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The Q Theatre began in 1963 when actor Doreen Warburton gathered a group of actors including Ben Gabriel (later Warburton’s life partner), Edward Hepple, Robert McDarra, Terry McDermott and Walter Sullivan to form a theatre company.

Originally, they produced lunchtime performances in a comfortable 250-seat theatrette of the AMP Building at Circular Quay. In 1976 the Q closed the lunchtime theatre in Sydney and set about creating a fully professional theatre organisation in Penrith.

It officially opened on Railway and Belmore Streets, Penrith on 30 March 1977 with the contemporary hit musical Lock Up Your Daughters. Here is a photo of Doreen Warburton opening the theatre.

The Q Theatre moved to The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in October 2005.