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Papers of Robert Helpmann, 1960-1986
Bib ID 6616865
Format ManuscriptManuscript [text, volume]
Author
Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [between 1960 and 1986] 
0.18 m (1 box) + 1 file. 
Summary

Two scripts for the 1973 filmed version of the ballet Don Quixote, starring Helpmann, Rudolf Nureyev and members of The Australian Ballet, along with an unpublished essay that Helpmann wrote for Rudolf Nureyev on the subject of ballet on film; a script for a stage version of Dracula directed by Helpmann in 1979 for J. C. Williamson, starring John Waters; a script for Justin Fleming's play The Cobra, directed by Richard Wherrett for the Sydney Theatre Company in 1983, which co-starred Helpmann as Lord Alfred Douglas; a script for Ruth Wolff's play Sarah in America about actress Sarah Bernardt, which Helpmann directed; and a collection of theatre programmes and related ephemera. The scripts have handwritten annotations by Helpmann, and some are also signed by him.

Biography/History

Dancer, choreographer, and actor. Robert Helpmann was born in South Australia in 1909, and died at the age of 77 in 1986. He danced with Anna Pavlova during her Australian tour in 1926 before joining J.C. Williamson's company. He was premier danseur with Sadler's Wells 1933-1950. He produced several ballets, choreographed the ballet "Red Shoes", and created "The Display" for the Australian Ballet. He was artistic director of the Australian Ballet from 1965 to 1976.

Notes

Manuscript reference number: MS Acc14.115.

Associated materials: Papers of Robert Helpmann, 1933-1986 MS 7161.

Subjects Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986 -- Archives.  |  Actors -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Choreographers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Ballets -- Australia.  |  Theatre -- Australia.  |  Ballet in motion pictures, television, etc.
Time Coverage 1960-1986 
Occupation Ballet dancers.  |  Actors.

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