Source: Wikipedia
Robert Helpmann (birth name: Robert Murray Helpman) (a.k.a. Sir Robert Helpmann)
Born: Established: 9 Apr 1909 Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier area, South East South Australia, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 28 Sep 1986 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
AustLit is a subscription service. The content and services available here are limited because you have not been recognised as a subscriber. Find out how to gain full access to AustLit


Robert Helpmann was an internationally recognised Australian dancer, actor, theatre director and choreographer. Although most remembered now for his work in ballet Helpmann was involved in many aspects of theatre, including, during his early career as a vaudeville performer, as well as film. In 1933, Helpmann left Australia for London where he was soon afterwards accepted into the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School and before long became a member of the company. He remained with the company from 1934 to 1950, often in partnership with Margot Fonteyn. In the 1950s and 1960s Helpmann also worked extensively as a director, with his credits ranging across such diverse forms as ballet, pantomime, drama and Shakespeare.


  • Helpmann was chosen as one of 150 great South Australians by a panel of The Advertiser senior writers to celebrate the 150th Anniversay of The Advertiser newspaper, 12 April 2008.
Last amended 14 Sep 2016 10:50:20
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: