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.

For many years Her Majesty’s was part of the famous Tivoli circuit. The theatre has withstood two world wars, the Great Depression, redesigns, bankruptcy, and numerous ownership changes. Her Majesty’s has the distinction of reaching a centenary 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 W C Fields, Stiffy and Mo, Sir Robert Helpmann, Googie Withers, Rudolf Nureyev, Dame Maggie Smith, Luciano Pavarotti, Lauren Bacall, Dame Joan Sutherland, Barry Humphries, Angela Lansbury, Whoopi Goldberg and Nancye Hayes.

As well as our own Her Majesty’s Theatre ambassadors – Robyn Archer AO, Greta Bradman, Rhonda Burchmore OAM, David Campbell, Kate Ceberano AM, Peter Goers OAM, Ali McGregor, Todd McKenney, Meow Meow and Geoffrey Rush AC.

Following over two years of redevelopment, Her Majesty’s will re-open once more in 2020 – as a completely reinvigorated proscenium theatre, returning to her world-class status.

A stylish fusion of modern architecture, whilst still maintaining the integrity of the original heritage design; the gorgeous proscenium theatre, seating close to 1500 people across three levels, will redefine the audience and artist experience.

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

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