Her Majesty's Theatre Renewal Project

We seek your support to raise $3.2 million to complete the $35.2 million redevelopment and expansion of our iconic Her Majesty’s Theatre.

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Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Grand Old Lady of Grote Street, has been serving and entertaining South Australia for over 100 years.

It is the last theatre remaining from 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 more importantly this will increase her seating capacity from 970 to around 1,500. This will help to provide the necessary financial return to attract long running major shows 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 option to buy 62 Grote Street, next door to Her Majesty’s.  We have since purchased this property for $2 million which has dramatically reduced the cost of this redevelopment and expansion down to an amount manageable by Government. 

The upgrade will modernise facilities for both artists and patrons.  Work will include an additional balcony of seating, improved orchestral pit and technical facilities, a back of house upgrade as well as a new foyer and patron facilities including bars and toilets.  

We need to do a lot of work at Her Majesty's... We need to bring it back to the state it was in originally. It is one of the great theatres of Australia.
— Barry Humphries, Patron of HMT Redevelopment Fund


  • More commercial blockbusters coming to Adelaide
  • At least 50 additional performances a year at Her Majesty’s Theatre
  • Greater opportunity for state and national performing arts companies to access Festival Theatre and new Her Majesty’s Theatre
  • Increased revenue made by the Adelaide Festival Centre will be used for public purpose programs in children’s entertainment, educational programs, and multicultural engagement
  • Increased employment opportunities for artists, production staff, and related industries
  • Increased economic activity
  • Up to 220 construction jobs
  • On-going employment for artists, production staff, front of house staff, programmers, publicity and marketing staff
  • Up to 15,000 people will no longer have to travel interstate to see shows, with that revenue being retained in South Australia
  • An additional 11,000 bed nights annually through increased tourist numbers and additional cast and crew members
  • Adding to city vibrancy through the Central Market/Chinatown/Victoria Square leisure and entertainment precinct
  • Complementary to the Adelaide Riverbank entertainment precinct and providing two interlinked leisure and entertainment hubs by developing laneway access and activation

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Our contribution to the cost of renewing Her Majesty’s Theatre is $3.2 million.

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.
EMAIL: foundation@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

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