The $66 million redevelopment of Adelaide’s historical Her Majesty’s Theatre was completed on Friday, with plans to welcome the newly revamped theatre’s first audiences into the venue this month. The development’s official completion was marked with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony led by Uncle Mickey Kumatpi Marrutya O’Brien, a Senior Kaurna and Narrunga man.
Her Majesty’s Theatre. Photo © Chris Oaten
The theatre, which was built in 1913 and is the last of Australia’s Tivoli theatres, now features a 1467-seat auditorium over three levels, with the Grand Circle returning for the first time in more than 50 years. Designed by Adelaide-based COX Architecture and built by national construction company Hansen Yuncken, managed by the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Adelaide Festival Centre, the redevelopment includes a larger backstage rehearsal room as well as accessibility improvements, including wheelchair access to all levels and backstage areas and improved seating on all levels.
The signature wall. Photo © Chris Oaten
The backstage area features the return of the famous ‘signature wall’ – covered with signatures from visiting stars including Julie Anthony, Rowan...