Opera House curtain call for luminary Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries' final curtain call will be held at the Sydney Opera House where colleagues and friends from around the globe will gather to celebrate his stellar seven-decade international career.
The UNESCO World Heritage building on Sydney Harbour has been deemed the most appropriate venue to farewell the acclaimed comedian, raconteur, author, actor and satirist.
The memorial on December 15 will be co-hosted by the Australian and NSW governments, in partnership with the arts community from across the country, including his home state of Victoria.
"As an internationally recognised home of performance, arts and culture, the Sydney Opera House is a fitting venue for the service which will honour the remarkable life and enduring legacy of the beloved Australian personality," a joint statement from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Premier Chris Minns said on Monday.
Humphries died in Sydney on April 22, aged 89.
His iconic characters Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson made him famous and beloved around the world.
The memorial will bring together dignitaries, family, friends and fans to celebrate his extraordinary career and achievements.
"Barry Humphries was a much-loved Australian and a huge loss to the arts community," Mr Albanese said.
"The Australian government is pleased to work with the NSW government to deliver a state memorial to honour the life and legacy of this beloved entertainer."
Mr Minns described Humphries as one of the nation's greatest ever comedic talents.
"The Sydney Opera House is a fitting location for what promises to be a memorable send-off given the venue's significance in Australian arts, culture and entertainment."