Launceston Players Society
The Launceston Players Society is one of the oldest theatre companies in Australia, with an unbroken record of operation since its first meeting in September 1926. The eleven people present had a passion for live theatre and bringing the best contemporary works to the theatre-going public – a tradition which continues to this day. The Society's membership increased to 79 in its first year, and just under 300 by 1931. The first production was Nothing but the Truth, performed in March 1927. From 1927 until 1938 the Society had monthly play readings and staged two or three major productions per year. During the war years, 1939–45, productions were on a lesser scale. Since then, mainly dramas and musicals have been produced, with bigger productions to mark anniversaries, culminating in Les Miserables (2001).
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