Her Majesty's Theatre
Stage and auditorium. Photo © Chris Oaten

The Last Tivoli is Reborn

In a 10-year labour of love, Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s Theatre has been restored and rebuilt. The auditorium, which now resembles a beautiful ship’s hull, has 500 extra seats, while the foyers feature art nouveau shapes inspired by musical instruments and dance. Steve Dow explores the history of the building and its latest renovation, which fuses the old and the new.

The $66 million redevelopment of Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s Theatre into what has been hailed as one of the world’s finest theatres required a dance with its almost vanished history of a century ago.

The theatre’s grandeur has been restored in contemporary textures, including a stylish wood-filled...