A beloved local gem, the Old Fitz is an intimate 55-seat basement theatre in Woolloomooloo’s Old Fitzroy Hotel with a unique place in the hearts of Sydney artists and theatregoers. For many, the Old Fitz epitomises the best of independent theatre. Over its 14-year history, the Fitz has solidified a reputation for presenting works that are polished yet gritty, epic in scope, but tiny in size.
In an Instagram post on 19 September 2023, current custodian Red Line Productions announced that it would pass the baton to New Ghosts Theatre in 2024. Named for the Chicago Red Line, Red Line Productions was founded in 2014 by Andrew Henry and Vanessa Wright with Sean Hawkins. Since then, Red Line has presented over 200 productions, including more than 20 exclusively commissioned Australian works. Many have toured around Australia and launched the careers of artists now performing on mainstages and the silver screen. The entire Red Line team – including Executive Producer Dino Dimitriadis and co-Artistic Directors Catherine Văn-Davies, Alexander Berlage and Constantine Costi – will step back from the Fitz next year.