The Grand Old Lady of Grote Street

Her Majesty’s Theatre has been serving South Australia for the last 100 years. Much needed renovations will help restore the last Tivoli Theatre in Australia to its former glory

 The ABC's Leah MacLennan caught up with Barry Humphries, Jo Peoples, Kelvin Adams and our CEO, Douglas Gautier, to talk about the history and future of Her Majesty's Theatre. (Redirects to ABC website).

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It is the last theatre remaining form the famous national Tivoli vaudeville circuit. When the theatre opened in 1913, it was regarded as the finest theatre in Australia. Her Majesty’s, managed and operated by Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, is showing her age. This Grand Old Lady requires a loving and stylish upgrade and, importantly, an increase in its seating capacity from 970 to around 1450. This will help to provide the necessary financial return to attract long running major shos to Her Majesty’s. 

Renewing a 100 year old heritage-listed theatre is a challenge. The initial estimate for this major project on the theatre’s current footprint was about $65 million. However, in 2014 the Trust was given the opportunity to secure an option to buy 62 Grote Street, next door to Her Majesty’s. This two level building will provide valuable space for an additional entry, an expanded foyer, bar facilities and exhibitions. The preliminary estimate is that the acquisition of this old building for $2 million would more than halve the cost of the project to around $30 million – a dramatic reduction.  

We need your support… 
The complete cost of renewing Her Majesty’s Theatre is anticipated to be $30 million if the Trust can acquire 62 Grote Street. Find out more about this project here.

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To donate online click below or for more information on how to donate to the fund contact Adelaide Festival Centre Development Department 
PH: 08 8216 8826.

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