The Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company Inc.
39-41 Castella Street, Lilydale VIC 3140


coming soon

The Vicar of Dibley
A comedy by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter
Directed by Loretta Bishop
2 March to 19 March 2016
Matinee: Sunday, 6 March and Sunday, 13 March
More information and booking details

Upcoming productions:
Breaker Morant (2016/2)
Caught In The Net (2016/3)
Yes, Prime Minister? (2016/4)


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The Lilydale Athenaeum

From 1888 onwards the people of Lilydale have constantly re-invented the Athenaeum building to fit in with the community's ever changing needs. As a result it has been a Mechanics' Institute, a library, a community hall, a performance stage, a lecture hall, a place of worship, a meeting room, a cinema, an indoor sports stadium, a roller skating rink, a military drill hall, a work room, a venue for political forums, a polling booth, a ballroom, a concert hall and even a museum.

Since 1975 it has been the home of the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company, regarded as one of Victoria's best non-professional drama companies.

2015 Retrospective
10 October 2015

In his message included in the latest "News Update" our Chairman, Richard Longmore, reviewed events in 2015, a very busy year.

He reported that the Season 1 production, "The Vicar of Dibley" had been one of our best attended plays ever (95% of seats filled); and that the Vicar will be returning in Season 1 2016 with another Dibley plot.

Apart from the success of all 2015 productions, the ATC Board has addressed a number of other significant issues during the year, he said.

These included:

  • a review and formal establishment of emergency procedures;

  • installation of LED lighting in the foyer and auditorium;

  • back stage plumbing and electrical modifications;

  • plans for a boardwalk to improve safety in the theatre ceiling; and

  • revision of the ATC Constitution to comply with Department of Consumer Affairs requirements.

New Life Members appointed
19 December 2014

At the ATC Christmas Party on 14 December three new Life Memberships were awarded.

By a unanimous vote of the Board, Life Membership was conferred on Doug Bennett, Kevin Trask and James McRae.

The award citations were announced by the Chairman, Richard Longmore, and presented by Tony Smith MP. Tony also presented Steve Nichols, our Head Set Builder, with a Yarra Ranges Community Service Award.

Doug Bennett directed his first Lilydale production, "Uncle Harry", in 1976 and since then has directed 11 ATC productions in addition to a large amount of work in other theatres. His ATC productions include "Amadeus", "Glorious", "Shirley Valentine" and "Freedom of the City" which won Best Drama Production in the VDL awards, as well as Doug winning Best Director.

Kevin Trask has been involved in professional and amateur theatre for almost 40 years and started with the ATC in 1988 as Roo in "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll." Since then Kevin has directed 15 ATC productions including "The Odd Couple", "The Shifting Heart" and "The Boyfriend". Kevin won Best Director at the VDL Awards for both "Death of a Salesman" and "Laughter on the 23rd Floor", and these two shows also won "Best Production" awards.

James McRae has been involved in theatre since the early 1950's and has also appeared in many popular TV programs and films since that time.

James' first appearance at the ATC was in 1983 in "The Murder Room", and he was most recently seen as Mr Grainger in "Are You Being Served" and the Colonel in "Fawlty Towers". He calculates that his part in the next ATC production, "The Vicar of Dibley", will be his thirtieth appearance on the Athenaeum stage!

In his 85 years James has acted in 100 plays all around Melbourne, and his talent has been recognised on numerous occasions with nominations for Lyrebird awards.

2014 VDL Awards
14 December 2014

The Lilydale ATC production of "Twelve Angry Men" received six nominations for the 2014 Victorian Drama League awards, including Best Director of a Drama (Catherine Carr) and Best Drama.

Other nominations were:

  • Best Set Design (Graham McGuffie)
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (Phillip Stephenson as Juror No 11, and David Dodd as Juror No 9)
  • Best Actor in a Drama (Peter Roberts as Juror No 3)

At the VDL Awards night on 7 December Graham McGuffie received a Silver Award for the set design.

Our congratulations to all who made "Twelve Angry Men" such a success.

Online booking is here!
14 December 2013

The theatre's new SABO online booking system is up and running!

Tickets for individual shows can be booked here

To establish a NEW ongoing season ticket arrangement download and print this form and mail, fax or drop it in to the theatre office (open Mon, Tue and Fri from 10am to 2pm)

Volunteers wanted!

We are looking for new Front of House volunteers. Please see the volunteers page for more information.

Are you interested in performing with the ATC? Check our auditions page for details of auditions for the upcoming productions of "Daddy's Dying - Who's Got the Will"? and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood".

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A monumental three-volume encyclopaedia that details the complete history of Lilydale’s most important heritage building, ‘The Athenaeum’...More...

Diana Trask and the Athenaeum
by Kevin Trask, Director of Fawlty Towers

"....Diana's first singing appearance onstage was at The Lilydale Athenaeum Hall in 1951....." [see full article]

Rochford Winery Partnership

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The Lilydale ATC is proud of its partnership with the Rochford Winery in Victoria's Yarra Valley.

Some of Rochford's fine wines are served to patrons, free of charge, after showtime.

Experience Rochford - wine, restaurant, Concerts, 4WD track, hot air ballooning - become a Rochford Club member..

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