New Ghosts take over the Old Fitz

New Ghosts Theatre, led by independent artists Lucy Clements and Emma Wright, will take the reins of Sydney’s iconic Old Fitz Theatre in 2024.
Old Fitz. Image is rows of bench theatre seating, with two young women sitting on the front row, one in a patterned dress and one in a white shirt and dark skirt.

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.

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Madeleine is the General Manager of Darlinghurst Theatre Company and the co-founder of LGBTQIA+ theatre company Fruit Box Theatre in Eora, Sydney. She is admitted to practice law and has worked in commercial law and federal government. She has previously written for Reuters, the International Press Institute and the European Journalism Centre. *All views expressed on ArtsHub are her own.