Belvoir sprang into being out of the unique action taken to save the old Nimrod Theatre building from demolition in 1984. Rather than lose a performance space in inner city Sydney, more than 600 arts, entertainment and media professionals as well as ardent theatre lovers, formed a syndicate to buy the building. The syndicate included nearly every successful person in Australian show business. Belvoir St Theatre's greatly loved Upstairs and Downstairs stages have been the artistic watering holes of many of Australia's great performing artists such as Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Jacqueline McKenzie, Ursula Yovich, Richard Roxburgh, Max Cullen, Bille Brown, David Wenham, Tyler Coppin, Deborah Mailman and Catherine McClements. Sell-out productions like Cloudstreet, The Judas Kiss, The Alchemist, Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, Gulpilil, Stuff Happens, Keating!, Parramatta Girls, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Michael Gow's Toy Symphony, have consolidated Belvoir's position as one of Australia's most innovative and acclaimed theatre companies.