Looks good, the current entrance is pretty underwhelming.Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide gets a right royal facelift
June 19, 2016 4:27pm
Anna VlachThe Advertiser
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.”
Her Majesty's Theatre — then called the Tivoli Theatre — first opened before World War I.
Just hope they transform the eastern wall into a colourful masterpiece.