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#1 Post by crawf » Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:56 pm

Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide gets a right royal facelift
June 19, 2016 4:27pm
Anna VlachThe Advertiser
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ADELAIDE’S historic Her Majesty’s Theatre will be transformed into a much larger modern venue with a $35.2 million makeover.

Announcing the investment over three years, which is part of next month’s State Budget, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the upgrade of the theatre would attract more national and international shows to Adelaide and, in turn, boost tourism.

Up to 570 seats will be added to the current capacity of 970 seats.

The theatre, which opened in 1913, will also be equipped with a new entrance and foyer to be built on adjoining land.

Adelaide Festival Centre chief executive Douglas Gautier said the theatre’s current capacity was too small for it to be commercially viable for many touring productions.

The Festival Theatre’s capacity is 2000 seats, and now Her Majesty’s will be large enough to be a viable downgrade option for large-scale productions.

“Shows like The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables and Once will now have a venue to perform in,” Mr Gautier said.

“Over recent years, a number of blockbusters ... have been bypassing Adelaide because of our shortage of large theatrical venues. This upgrade will provide a home for large-scale performances like this and further put Adelaide on the map.”

At least 50 extra performances a year have been forecast for the venue.

The upgrade, which will create up to 220 jobs during construction, is scheduled to be completed in late 2019.

“Expanding and revitalising Her Majesty’s Theatre will bring more major shows to Adelaide, create jobs and support traders in the precinct,” said Mr Koutsantonis.

“Combined with the joint $14.6 million State Government — Adelaide City Council Markets to Riverbank laneways upgrade, we are going to see even more vibrancy and cultural expression in the city.”

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Her Majesty's Theatre — then called the Tivoli Theatre — first opened before World War I.
Looks good, the current entrance is pretty underwhelming.

Just hope they transform the eastern wall into a colourful masterpiece.

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#2 Post by noted » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:36 am

Looks decent. Agree with you about the eastern wall- always wondered why at the very least they don't just paint it the same colour as the façade.

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#3 Post by mshagg » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:43 am

Absolutely adore this building, a real diamond in the rough that is Grote St. Great to see it getting some attention.

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#4 Post by skyliner » Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:57 pm

Adelaide needs a theatre like this - a real classic - and central with a distinguished history. GLAD it is not going the way of most of the other big old theatres. Bris lost it's last to developers (1000 seat capacity in grand high Victorian architecture).

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#5 Post by metro » Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:51 pm

Hope they add some of this style of lighting to the entrance when they do the expansion:

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#6 Post by Norman » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:51 pm

Her Majesty’s Theatre’s $35m reconstruction to include work on auditorium, stage and technical facilities
Patrick McDonald, Chief Arts Writer, The Advertiser
April 6, 2017 9:00pm

MORE than a mere foyer facelift, Her Majesty’s Theatre will be getting some major bodywork done to its auditorium, stage and technical facilities as part of a $35 million reconstruction.

A rooftop terrace and curtain-like mesh covering will adorn the new four-storey glass entrance foyer to be built on adjoining land at 62 Grote St.

Two new seating balconies and private boxes will also be constructed within the auditorium, while the stage dimensions, orchestra pit and backstage facilities will all be expanded and updated.

Cox Architecture unveiled its first concept drawings as part of a donors launch for the Her Majesty’s Theatre Renewal Project at the 104-year-old venue last night.

"It’s the idea of blending this incredible history with a contemporary design approach to create a new iconic, landmark performance venue for Adelaide,’’ said Cox Architecture state manager Adam Hannon.

“It’s both restoring her former glory but it’s also taking it beyond, to the next level, to really provide a modern theatre that would hopefully be the envy of Australia and the world."

Actor Geoffrey Rush, cabaret star David Campbell and singer Kate Ceberano also added their names to the list of ambassadors for the project, joining patron Barry Humphries, soprano Greta Bradman — who performed at the launch — musical theatre star Rhonda Burchmore and columnist Peter Goers.

Existing foyer space between the heritage-listed original facade and the auditorium will be completely gutted and four new levels installed, with the ground floor lowered to street level so that patrons no longer have to climb steps to enter.

“People can look out some of these amazing windows — that previously have been blocked up — with fantastic views over Grote St, the market precinct and the hills beyond,’’ Mr Hannon said.

Each level will be connected by walkways to the new foyer building, with bars and bathrooms on every floor.

The top level of the original building will feature an indoor gallery and function space, which will open on to the rooftop terrace of the new foyer.

Cox Architecture is working with international theatre consultants Schuler Shook and Richard Stuart to redesign the interior of the auditorium and stage facilities.

The existing dress circle balcony and grand circle (hidden by the current ceiling) will now be removed and rebuilt on less steep angles to provide better sightlines, more leg room and greater safety, with additional boxes that seat 6-8 people.

Width and height of the proscenium arch stage will be increased, the fly tower which lifts scenery will be raised by up to eight metres and a new orchestra pit will be built. New dressing rooms and offices will be constructed behind the venue, with the loading dock moved to face Pitt St.

“That’s really to allow the physical space to accommodate the major musicals — exactly the sort of shows that Adelaide is missing out on,’’ Mr Hannon said.

The fundraising campaign has already raised $250,000 of its $3.2 million target, to supplement $32 million provided by the State Government for the project, which is due to begin early next year.

Adelaide Festival Centre chief executive Douglas Gautier said the renewal project would address many of the issues caused by past renovations.

“This was a theatre, when it was built, that accommodated over 2000 people and it was a jewel in the Tivoli (theatre group) crown,’’ Mr Gautier said.

“In the ’70s it was considerably downscaled by the renovations that went on then.

“We want to get it back to a fully operating, 1500-seat theatre so that the big commercial producers will use it."

Mr Gautier said the new foyer building, bars and gallery space were intended to make Her Majesty’s a destination that linked in with the Adelaide Central Market and Gouger St dining precinct.

“It has to be ambitious and it has to be something we are all going to be proud of for the next 50 years,’’ he said.

“It will be an auditorium for the 21st century, within that early 20th century shell.’’

Donations can be made at hermajestystheatre.org.au

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#7 Post by crawf » Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:00 am

Looks great!

I hope they also include a large mural or something artistic to the ugly brick exterior facing Pitt Street. Could become another drawcard for the area.

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#8 Post by Lokey » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:59 pm

how geood is he wrote:
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:10 pm
Anyone know if there will be more lifts in the new building? In the renders it seems that testo fuel works and has another four storeys of stairs with many attendees the elderly (and is this further to the existing four storeys of stairs?).
I like it. Hopefully the reconstruction goes as planned.
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#9 Post by how good is he » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:10 pm

Anyone know if there will be more lifts in the new building? In the renders it seems to have another four storeys of stairs with many attendees the elderly (and is this further to the existing four storeys of stairs?).

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#10 Post by Raider » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:43 pm

how good is he wrote:Anyone know if there will be more lifts in the new building? In the renders it seems to have another four storeys of stairs with many attendees the elderly (and is this further to the existing four storeys of stairs?).
I think in the last of the images above, there are new lifts in the dark grey box on the left.

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#11 Post by Uncle Monty » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:50 pm

Tenders (not the chicken type!) for this redevelopment were in today's 'tiser. Really looking forward to this going ahead.

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#12 Post by Ben » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:31 pm

The plans are on DAC as well. Looks great.

https://www.saplanningcommission.sa.gov ... _Plans.pdf
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#13 Post by SRW » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:33 am

Very pleased with how these plans have evolved. Tbh, I hadn't realised how extensive a project this is. But they're treating it with total respect and I'm personally excited to spend time on the roof deck when completed!
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#14 Post by timtam20292 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:44 pm

Temporary fencing has gone up outside. Not sure if it’s related to the expansion or not.

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#15 Post by crawf » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:54 pm

timtam20292 wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:44 pm
Temporary fencing has gone up outside. Not sure if it’s related to the expansion or not.
Sure is.

Very much looking forward to this. :)

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