History of Maj to aid orphans

Ivan King with some of the eclectic items that depict the history of His Majesty’s. Picture: Marcus Whisson d418230
Ivan King with some of the eclectic items that depict the history of His Majesty’s. Picture: Marcus Whisson d418230

Before the theatre veteran moved his Museum of Performing Arts into the space, it was a pool that was part of an adjacent health club and then became Nelly’s Restaurant, which was popular with the America’s Cup crew.

Mr King will share stories about the history of His Majesty’s Theatre at Meet you at the Maj, a fundraiser for Nakuru Hope on Friday, May 2, from 6.30pm.

Money raised will help Nakuru Hope founder Susan Saleeba open an orphanage at a new school building in the Kaptembwa slums of Kenya.

‘Constantly we see little ones that are being abandoned or orphaned due to the death of their parents through HIV, or being abandoned as they are just unable to be cared for due to destitution,’ Ms Saleeba said.

‘Through the opening of our orphanage, we will be able to give 40 children a safe and family environment and education.’

His Majesty’s Theatre was a private theatre until 1977, when the State Government took it over.

Mr King made his stage debut at the Hay Street theatre in 1973 in Fat Cat and the Double Trouble.

He performed in 13 shows at the Maj and in 1980 founded the Museum of Performing Arts.

His next exhibition, ‘Anzac Coves’, opens tomorrow.

Tickets to Meet you at the Maj are $75 and include a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Visit www.trybooking.com.