Her Majesty's Theatre one of the most exciting theatre projects
The redevelopment of Her Majesty's Theatre is now complete and was scheduled to open officially on the 12th June 2020 with Six, the Musical, during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
COVID-19 restrictions prevented that but instead, Adelaide Festival Centre's Artistic Director Douglas Gautier unveiled what he describes as "one of the most exciting theatre projects in the country, if not in the world".
Mr Gautier also announced that members of the public will have their first opportunity to see performances in the new theatre late in June. SA Theatre Company is to stage Slingsby's family show The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy. Audience numbers will be limited for each performance in line with social distancing requirements.
Decisions will be made in the coming months about major touring musicals.
Her Majesty's Theatre has been entertaining Adelaide for over a hundred years. The Grand Old Dame was built as part of the legendary vaudeville circuit and is the only original Tivoli theatre still standing. Through two world wars and a devastating depression, through the onslaught of talkies and television, this great theatre has steadfastly served her community.
Adjoining the theatre at 62 Grote Street is a modern, four level structure in harmony with the heritage-listed building. This redevelopment will be good for patrons, for local artists and for the City of Adelaide, in particular the Grote Street Precinct.
The newly refurbished theatre has
– Increased seating capacity at almost 1,500 seats (up from 970)
– Luxurious new foyer spaces
– Improved disability access
– Upgraded technical equipment and orchestra pit facilities
– Vastly improved backstage facilities
– New modern bathrooms on each level.
With attendances expected to grow to 250,000 patrons annually, more than double recent years, increased employment opportunities are anticipated for artists and theatre staff as more large-scale productions include Adelaide on their itineraries.