Canberra Theatre Centre

Canberra Theatre Centre in Canberra, Canberra, Australia | Theatre

Welcome to the Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, Australia. The Canberra Theatre Centre is the Australian Capital Territory’s principal performing arts venue, opened in June 1965. The Cultural Facilities Corporation, an organisation that is responsible to the Minister for the Arts, administers the Centre.

The Canberra Theatre Centre was the first government-initiated performing arts centre to be completed in Australia. The Centre comprises: the Canberra Theatre seating 1244 on one raked tier, the Playhouse seating 622 and the 90 seat Courtyard Studio for intimate performances or rehearsal space.

The Canberra Theatre was opened in June 1965 with The Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake. The old Playhouse was demolished and rebuilt in 1998 and it officially opened in May of that year with a gala concert. Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Fish, and Melbourne Theatre Company performed Sylvia in the venue prior to the official opening.

In October 2006, a new "Link" building, comprising of a new bar and foyer, box office, kitchen, patron toilets and staff amenities was opened.  The Centre has a comprehensive technical workshop and dressing room area and is fully equipped with lighting and audio facilities. The Centre also runs it’s own computerised ticketing system, which trades under the name Canberra Ticketing.

As well as being hired by well-respected companies such as Bell Shakespeare Company and the Australian Ballet, Canberra Theatre Centre provides the city with the finest art and entertainment from around the country. It plays a vital role in presenting a broad range of first class Theatre to the local community. Annually, the Canberra Theatre Centre presents a Subscription Season incorporating some of the best performing arts from Australia and overseas.

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Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City ACT
New South Wales
02 6275 2700
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