The first theatre built in Australia opened on the 16th of January 1796, in Sydney and became incredibly popular. Those who did not have the price of admission stole it. The level of crime increased so dramatically that the governor was forced to take the drastic step of ordering the theatre to be demolished in 1798. Admission to the theatre was paid in cash or goods such as rum, sugar, flour or meat. The price of a seat in the fashionable gallery was one shilling or the equivalent in goods. One crime committed by a theatre lover to get the price of admission was particularly heartless. He killed a fine greyhound belonging to an officer, skinned it and succeeded in palming it’s joints off as kangaroo flesh at the price of ninepence a pound.
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