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


coming soon

Absent Friends
A dramatic comedy by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Peter Roberts
2 March to 18 March 2017
Matinees: Sunday, 5 March, Saturday, 11 March and Sunday, 12 March
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Upcoming productions:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2017/2)
High Society (2017/3)
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2017/4)


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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.

New Life Members appointed
19 December 2016

At the ATC Christmas Party on 11 December three new Life Memberships were awarded.

By a unanimous vote of the Board, Life Membership was conferred on Maria Fleming, Angela Caldwell and Jean Steel.

The award citations were announced by the Chairman, Richard Longmore, and presented by the Hon. Tony Smith MP. Tony also presented Lesley Bailey, our Front of House Manager, with a Yarra Ranges Community Service Award.

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2016 LyreBird Awards
ATC gets nineteen nominations
5 December 2016

The Lilydale ATC received nineteen nominations for 2016 LyreBird awards. These included nine for The Vicar of Dibley, four for Breaker Morant and six for Yes, Prime Minister.

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Third matinee peformance
1 July 2016

Given the popularity of our Matinee performances, it has been decided that, in future, there will be an extra Matinee on the second Saturday of each season (in addition to the regular evening performance).

Also, from 2017, Opening Night will change from Wednesday to Thursday.

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An update on our updates!
20 June 2016

A number of projects have been completed over the last twelve months, all of which will add to the smooth running of our productions.

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Volunteers wanted!
We are always looking for new Front of House volunteers. We would also like to hear from anyone with experience in advertising and publicity who could spare some time to help us. 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 production of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest".

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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.

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