History of Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty’s Theatre opened as The New Tivoli in 1913. It seated 2170 patrons and was regarded as the finest theatre in Australia.

Her Majesty’s Theatre survived both world wars, the Great Depression, major redevelopments, numerous ownership changes, and two pandemics. It is the last remaining Tivoli theatre in the country and continues to play a significant role in Australia’s theatre history.

1912 – 1913 | Princess Theatre
1913 – 1920 | The New Tivoli Theatre
1920 – 1930 | The Prince of Wales Theatre
1930 – 1962 | Tivoli Theatre
1962 – 1977 | Her Majesty’s Theatre
1977 – 1988 | The Opera Theatre
1988 – Now | Her Majesty’s Theatre

A cavalcade of stars have appeared at The Maj including Sir Robert Helpmann, Googie Withers, Rudolf Nureyev, Dame Maggie Smith, Luciano Pavarotti, Lauren Bacall, Dame Joan Sutherland, Barry Humphries, Angela Lansbury, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming, and Nancye Hayes.

Her Majesty's Theatre ambassadors are Robyn Archer AO, Greta Bradman, Rhonda Burchmore OAM, David Campbell, Kate Ceberano AM, Peter Goers OAM, Ali McGregor, Todd McKenney, and Meow Meow.

Following over two years of redevelopment, Her Majesty’s Theatre reopened in 2020 as a completely reinvigorated proscenium theatre, returning to her world-class status.

The theatre's front facade and eastern heritage wall were retained in the development, and the new building is a stylish fusion of modern architecture which maintains and celebrates the integrity of the original heritage design. The theatre seats close to 1500 people across three levels and redefines the audience and artist experience.

Adelaide Festival Centre Trust has managed and operated Her Majesty’s since 1988.

Find out how you can buy your own named seat in Her Majesty’s Theatre here.