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New look Theatre Royal

After months of renovations, the Theatre Royal has re-opened to reveal a space that will blow you away.
The Theatre Royal itself hasn’t changed, but flows into a new foyer, giving a glimpse of what’s to come as the Hedberg performing arts centre nears completion.

The multi-level glass atrium looking onto Campbell Street is a standout, with the new box office, cloakroom, bars, elevators and bathrooms creating a more accessible and comfortable space for you and your friends to relax and chat about the shows.

‘All of that energy used to just wash down Campbell Street as people left,’ Theatre Royal Chief Executive Tim Munro said.

‘I think we’ll be able to capture that inside the building in a nice, comfortable environment.’


With construction to be finished at the end of the year, the Hedberg will include a 285 seat Studio Theatre (replacing the Backspace Theatre), University of Tasmania recital hall, and upgraded back-of house facilities such as dressing rooms and a new loading dock. There will be more shows to choose from, while local producers will have the chance to showcase their work in a more viable venue.

‘For the first time in Hobart, you’ll have audiences that have seen shows in the Theatre Royal, the recital hall and our new Studio Theatre, all in the one foyer together,’ Tim said.

‘I think it will be very dynamic, energetic and exciting.’

A lot of care has been taken to preserve and improve the life of the Theatre Royal. The Heritage Council has played a big role in ensuring the 182-year-old Hobart icon will stand safely and proudly among the state-of-the-art facilities for many years to come.

With a new foyer and performing arts centre on the way, comes a new program. In true Theatre Royal style, it’s eclectic and diverse. From dance and drama, to comedy and musical theatre – there’s something for everyone.

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Hero image: Ashton & Peek