SBW Foundation – which has an impressive archive - is appealing for memorabilia from the Independent Theatre’s 80 years: photos, programmes & recollections from past actors & audience members.

To celebrate the Independent Theatre’s 80th birthday there is also an afternoon tea followed by a moved reading of the comedy French without Tears by Terence Rattigan, directed by Sydney theatre legend Aarne Neeme – and starring stage legends Terrence Clarke and Glenn Hazeldine.

 On 2 September 1939 the legendary Dame Doris Fitton renamed and reopened The Independent Theatre with a production of the popular comedy French without Tears by Terence Rattigan. Even more dramatic, the declaration of WWII was made after opening night! 80 years later, the New Independent Players (a specially assembled company of theatre veterans and emerging talent) bring a special moved reading of French Without Tears back to the Independent Theatre stage, under the direction of Aarne Neeme – who knew Doris Fitton. Proudly presented by the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation – the force behind the rebuilding, renovation, rebirth and renaissance of the elegant Independent Theatre.

 This special event is a celebration of the theatre, its rich history (and countless famous alumni!) and especially a tribute to the remarkable Doris Fitton and her contribution to Sydney theatre.

See more about the SBW Foundation here and the archives here.