A life time in theatre John Robertson worked for many theatre organisations before joining JC Williamsons as stage director for a string of important productions, such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Great Waltz, Sweet Charity, I Do, I Do and the original production of Man of La Mancha. In 1971 he was promoted to Executive Production Director, for major productions such as No, No, Nanette, International Ice Follies 1973, Pippin, Irene and Gypsy.

In 1977 Robertson joined the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust as Production Manager on shows including Ned Kelly, which opened at the Adelaide Festival Theatre in December 1977. Annie, in 1978, and Evita, in 1980. Moving onto become an Executive Producer. He worked on the national tours of Barnum and Oklahoma! in 1982, and Song and Dance in 1983. Robertson became a director of Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian company in 1986. He has been Executive Producer for the original Australian productions of Cats, Les Misérables, Five Guys Named Moe, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Rent. In 2000-01 John was production consultant for the Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore production of Miss Saigon.

He was executive producer for Mamma Mia! since it opened in Melbourne in 2001. In 2007-08 he was consultant for Billy Elliot – The Musical at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney and the 2009-10 Australian tour of Mamma Mia! In 2011 John was involved with the Australian production of Mary Poppins as well as Miss Saigon in Korea. In 2003 Live Performance Australia presented John Robertson with its James Cassius Williamson Award in recognition of his contribution to excellence in Australian performing arts. In 2014 John Robertson was awarded an OAM for his service to the entertainment industry.