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21 April 2021
His Majesty’s Theatre , originally opened in 1902 was the biggest of its kind in Australia with a capacity of more than 2500 people. Now, with a $15 million makeover he’s about to return back to its former glory, complete with its grand old balconies.
Proving to be one of the more challenging components of the build is gathering as much insight as possible into the balconies, after their removal in the mid 1950’s, with the state government seeking the public’s help with any historical photographs or information. Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick Architects have created an impression of how the balconies may have looked but there is still a call to assist in better guiding the restoration.
This is just one step in a bigger upgrade to the theatre with Built already conducting works to the theatre’s orchestra pit in 2019.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman stated that the program is a part of the State Government’s WA Recovery Plan.
“The creative industries were hit hard by COVID-19, but our performing arts venues are a crucial part of the sector’s recovery.
“We want to ensure the beloved His Majesty’s Theatre remains a world-class venue for opera, dance and theatre.”
“These works are particularly exciting, and they complement other improvements from the past few years, including upgrading the orchestra pit, box office, auditorium and entrance way.”
110 jobs to be created with Built confirming the successful tenderer in next round of works at His Majesty’s Theatre.