Richard Wherrett

Richard Wherrett

Richard Bruce Wherrett AM (1940-2001) was an influential and successful theatrical director whose career spanned 40 years. He attended University of Sydney with Clive James and Germaine Greer,
Bruce Beresford (film director), Ken Horler, Mungo McCallum, Bob Ellis, John Bell, John Gaden, Laurie Oakes (journalist), and Les Murray (poet).

Richard is the brother of motoring journalist, Peter Wherrett, with whom he wrote a memoir, "Desirelines".

Richard Wherrett died on 7 December 2001 of liver failure, after 15 years warding off the effects of HIV.


He was the founding director of the Sydney Theatre Company, and directed 127 professional theatre productions and was the creative director for the lighting of the torch segment of the Opening Ceremony for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1984 for his services to the theatre.



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