Tasmania’s Theatre Royal, in Hobart, is Australia’s oldest working theatre. Built in 1834 as a permanent theatre for the rapidly expanding colony, it initially offered entertainment ranging from music halls to cock fights. Leading Australian and International artists have performed here over the decades, including Laurence Olivier, Noel Coward, Lillian Gish, Marcel Marceau, Roy ‘Mo’ Rene, Ruth Cracknell, John Bell and Hugo Weaving. A contemporary centre for performing arts, the Theatre presents an annual program of live theatre, music, dance and entertainment.
Take a guided tour to see the Theatre’s elegant auditorium with its central dome, intricate gilded mouldings and rich colours and enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of theatre life. The Theatre Royal has been saved from demolition several times – most notably in the late 1940s when Sir Laurence Olivier was among the many to leap to its defence.
The Theatre Royal is located a short stroll from the central business district.
Tours operate each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 1100.
The Theatre Royal Box Office is open Monday to Friday from 0900 to 1700.