WA names arts centre after Heath Ledger
Western Australia’s new performing arts centre in Northbridge will be called the ‘Heath Ledger Theatre’.
Premier Alan Carpenter said the decision was a fitting tribute to the WA actor and one that had the full support of Heath’s family.
“Heath Ledger was an extremely talented actor, totally dedicated to his craft and internationally respected,” Mr Carpenter said.
“Honouring his memory in this way will ensure his acting achievements will continue to inspire young WA artists.”
Kim Ledger, Heath’s father, said the Ledger family was touched by the decision.
“We feel so honoured and intensely proud to know the Government and people of WA are prepared to attach Heath’s name to this new theatre project, which will provide Perth with an outstanding venue for years to come,” Mr Ledger said.
“Heath was deeply committed to his personal life within the arts environment the world over and an extraordinary giver of his time, kindness and money to aspiring or struggling artists from Australia and overseas.
“I have no doubt he would be pleased we are accepting the attachment of his name to such a worthy theatre project in his home town, Perth.”
The Heath Ledger Theatre is located on the corner of Roe and William Streets in Northbridge and will include:
· a 575-seat theatre;
· a flexible 200-seat performance studio;
· rehearsal spaces, back-of-house services and public amenities;
· an outdoor multi-purpose space; and
· upgrades to the William Street heritage buildings adjacent to the venue.
“It is the first time a State Government has constructed a purpose-built theatre in Perth and it will be a world-class addition to our city and State,” the Premier said.
[Release from the WA Premier’s Office]