Reg Livermore AO
Spanning 60 years, Reg Livermore’s career on stage and in television includes achievements as an actor, author, director and designer.
He is especially remembered for show-stopping appearances in the original Australian productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, as the original Dr Frank’n’furter in the Australian production of The Rocky Horror Show and his bravura performance in the musical Barnum. Reg’s groundbreaking one-man shows in the 1970s - Betty Blokk Buster Follies and Wonder Woman – propelled him to the forefront of a new wave of Australian theatre.
Reg also starred as Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks’ musical The Producers in 2005/06, played Henry Higgins in Opera Australia’s 2008 presentation of My Fair Lady, and recently scored as Alfred Doolittle in the Julie Andrews 60th Anniversary production of this celebrated musical.
In 2018, Reg’s new play The Widow Unplugged or An Actor Deploys will be staged for the 60th Anniversary Season of the Ensemble Theatre, which has also presented his other works, Wish You Were Here, Red Riding Hood, The Speed Hump and The Wolf, and The Thank You Dinner.
Arts Centre Melbourne celebrated Reg’s career with a major retrospective exhibition Take a Bow in 2011. Reg received an AO in 1996, published his autobiography Chapters and Chances in 2004, received the Sydney Critics Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and a Helpmann Award the same year.