His Majesty’s Theatre in 1924, our stars were Alfred Frith as ‘Gravvins’, Reita Nugent & Cecil Kellaway as ‘Harry Zona’.
Monte Luke was there to capture the trio in Act 2 of The Cabaret Girl from the J.C. Williamson company. What a hoot!
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne had many names changes and iconic events held. On 6 July 1913, J. C. Williamson – the biggest theatrical entrepreneur in the world at the time – died at the age of 68. As a mark of respect, all the Williamson theatres ‘were dark’ for one night, a rare tribute. The company he had established with Her Majesty’s Theatre as its flagship however, continued to prosper, featuring the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan as staple fare well into the 1920s.
The name change from the Alexandra to Her Majesty’s Theatre occurred eight months before the death of Queen Victoria. The theatre management maintained the name despite there now being a King on the throne. In 1924, the theatre was renamed again as His Majesty’s Theatre, this time in honour of King George V, after whose mother, the original theatre had been named.