Her Majesty’s Theatre To Be Upgraded

Her Majesty’s Theatre To Be Upgraded

South Australia Minister for Arts Jack Snelling

South Australia Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis

State Budget 2016/17: $35 Million Upgrade For Her Majesty’s Theatre

Victor P Taffa

The State Government will fund a major revamp and expansion of Her Majesty’s Theatre in the 2016/17 State Budget to create a world-class arts venue that will attract more national and international shows.

“This is brilliant news and it reaffirms our commitment to the Arts and the State Government’s commitment to creating jobs in South Australia.” Minister for Arts Jack Snelling said.

“This redevelopment also provides much needed certainty for Arts organisations that use our Festival Centre facilities, such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Theatre and the State Opera.”

The $35.2 Million investment over three years will be used to build a new entrance and foyer for the historical theatre on adjoining land.

The project will create up to 220 jobs during construction and additional ongoing jobs in the arts.

“Of course this is another proud moment in the long history of Her Majesty’s Theatre. It’ll ensure that this Adelaide institution remains one of the best venues for performers from near and far.” Mr. Snelling said.

The original auditorium will be expanded by up to 570 seats, repositioning Her Majesty’s Theatre as a leading venue option for touring productions.

“The redevelopment and expansion of Her Majesty’s Theatre is great news for the performing arts community and for Adelaide audiences. It’s also great news for the city.” Adelaide Festival Centre CEO Douglas Gautier said.

“Over recent years, a number of blockbusters, including The Lion King, Les Miserables and other theatrical, comedy and music products, have been bypassing Adelaide because of our shortage of large theatrical venues.”

The State Government also announced today that it will spend $15.7 Million over four years to continue to invest in South Australia’s cultural capital.

“The CBD has completely transformed in the past three years, and 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.” Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said.

The funding will include

  • $700,000 for the Adelaide Festival of Arts,
  • $3 Million for Arts South Australia,
  • $4 Million each year to drive economic activity and job opportunities in the arts.
SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis

SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

Her Majesty’s Theatre has been an Adelaide landmark since 1913, but its current capacity of 970 seats makes it an unviable option to host large scale productions such as musicals.

With the 2,000 seat Festival Theatre in high demand, South Australia is often overlooked by major touring events.

It’s anticipated the $35 Million transformation will enable Her Majesty’s Theatre to host at least 50 additional performances each year.

The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust is raising $3 Million to contribute to the project. The State Government will spend an additional $1.1 Million over two years supporting the Trust during times when the theatre is closed for renovations. Planning for the redevelopment will start immediately, with construction concluding in late 2019.