For this instalment of HMT Artists in Profile, we asked HMT’s Honourary Archivist to prepare a few (short) words to attempt to sum up the impressive career of Reg Livermore…
“Would you please write approx. 200 words on Reg Livermore, our featured artist of the month?”
“You must be joking!” I replied.
Why, 200 words would hardly cover the number of shows in which this theatre legend has performed.
In his autobiography, “Chapters and Chances” Reg himself calls such a task as “a bit like setting up a loose-leaf desk calendar in front of a wind machine”.
At the age of 14 he joined classes at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney.
His first “job” was as a working/understudy at the Phillip Street Theatre which involved working backstage and covering performers, He studied The Method of acting with Hayes Gordon.
Now I have already hit 100 words… see what I mean?!
Reg performed his groundbreaking One Man shows “Sacred Cow”, “Son of Betty” and “Firing Squad” here at HMT as well as “Barnum” for which he studied overseas to master the tight0rope and other circus skills.
“Hair”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Rocky Horror Show”, season with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Max Bialystock in “The Producers”… and who else could play Henry Higgins in Opera Australia’s “My Fair Lady” and then turn around and play Alfred Doolittle in the Julie Andrews 60th anniversary production of this celebrated musical? There’s only one Reg Livermore!
And we haven’t even started on his television triumphs. But you will perhaps have to find a copy of his biography, as we have run out of words!