There are stage veterans who still remember when Her Majesty's Theatre was the heart of Adelaide. Every performance used to overflow with local workers in the upper gallery seats, high up on level three, unofficially named 'the gods'. Constructed in 1913, Her Majesty’s is Adelaide’s oldest continually operating theatre.
After ‘the gods’ were shut down and essentially forgotten about for decades, they will be recreated together with the restoration and expansion currently underway at the iconic theatre.
Aurecon is part of the specialist team with designer Cox Architecture, that will restore the theatre back to its Edwardian grandeur with new seating for 1 400 people, an auditorium spread over three storeys, rejuvenated foyers and a spacious backstage area. Aurecon is undertaking the full building services design role, which encompasses electrical, audio visual, security, mechanical, fire, hydraulics and lifts.
The cornerstone of every design decision is ensuring an exceptional patron experience. The design team is achieving this through acoustic performance, flexible and attractive lighting designs, foyer arrangements that ‘wow’ audiences, and auditorium seating geometry for the best possible viewing.
Aurecon’s solutions have been integral in achieving this through:
This is a building for the cultural future of Adelaide. Upon completion of the current restoration, Her Majesty’s will once again be hosting music, dance, comedy, theatre and musical productions for generations to come.
Rendered images supplied by, and credited to, Cox Architecture.