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Festival Theatre

Plan your visit to Festival Theatre, the Banquet Room, and The Star: Kitchen and Bar.


How to get here

Adelaide Festival Centre is located on the western side of King William Road, approximately 200 metres north of the North Terrace intersection. Its part of the Riverbank precinct, adjacent to Elder Park.

  • The Festival Centre includes Festival Theatre, the adjoining Banquet Room, and The Star: Kitchen and Bar, located in the building located closest to King William Road.
  • Dunstan Playhouse, Children’s Artspace and Space Theatre are in the second building, located further down the riverbank on Festival Drive.

Directions via Google Maps

Car parking

There are two car parks adjacent to Adelaide Festival Centre, Convention Centre Rivebank Car Park and Festival Car Park. Please note, Adelaide Festival Centre does not own or operate the car parks.

Convention Centre Riverbank Car Park

If you're visiting Dunstan Playhouse or Space Theatre, we recommend parking in this car park - located behind Adelaide Convention Centre on Festival Drive, next to the Riverbank Footbridge. Once you've parked, the eastern lift will take you to the promenade level where it's a short walk to the theatre entrance.

Please note, there is no direct access from this car park to Festival Theatre.

  • Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Location: Festival Drive (adjacent Montefiore Road), Adelaide
  • Entry: Festival Dr via King William Rd (Height: 2.0m) | Festival Dr via Montefiore Rd (Height: 2.0m)

Festival Car Park

Please note, there is no direct lift or pedestrian access from Festival Car Park to the Dunstan Playhouse complex.

  • Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Location: Festival Drive (adjacent King William Street), Adelaide
  • Entry: Festival Dr via King William Rd (Height: 2.20m) | Festival Dr via Montefiore Rd (Height: 2.20m)

Car park bookings now available via the Wilson Parking App and Online:

Visiting Festival Theatre

Including The Star: Kitchen and Bar, Banquet Room, The Galleries and Quartet Bar. 

The most direct way to enter these venues is from King William Road, near the corner of Elder Park, or Festival Plaza.    

You can also walk from North Terrace via the laneway alongside SkyCity Casino or by crossing the footbridge from Adelaide Oval.

If you require an accessible drop off area, use the drive through zone just off King William Road, approximately 100 metres north of the car park entrance. This is accessible when traveling north on King William Road.

When King William Road is closed for major events, the nearest accessible drop off area is on the west side of Adelaide Festival Centre, alongside Festival Drive under the Riverbank Footbridge.

There is no formal taxi rank on King William Road, but taxis can use the drive through zone just off King William Road, approximately 100 metres north of the car park entrance. This is accessible when traveling north on King William Road. 

The nearest taxi ranks are located on North Terrace, outside the Casino and Railway Station, and on King William Street next to Rundle Mall.

The Star: Kitchen & Bar and Quartet Bar are both located within the foyer of this venue.

Pre-Show Dining

Elevate your theatre experience by dining at The Star: Kitchen & Bar before an evening performance. Bookings are essential.Make a booking

For futher enquiries, please contact: (08) 8216 8588

Adelaide Festival Centre is a cashless venue. Pre-show dinning not currently available for matinee performances.

Merchandise is available on the Stalls and Dress Circle level pre-show, during interval, and after the performance. 

Please note, Adelaide Festival Centre is a cashless venue.

Festival Theatre seating map

Riverbank precinct map

Other information

Public transport is a great way to visit Adelaide Festival Centre with no need to worry about parking.

The Adelaide Railway Station is right next door, and the tram stops in front of the train station on North Terrace and in front of the Festival Theatre on King William Road.

Most of these options only require a very short walk. Visit Adelaide Metro to plan your journey.

Free City Connector bus

Take advantage of the free City Connector bus, offering a hop-on and hop-off service to the city and North Adelaide linking popular city attractions, shopping, dining and key destinations. Bus route 98A and 98C connect North Adelaide with the city, and 99A and 99C connect the inner-city. Services operate every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.  

Find timetables, route details and real-time information on the Adelaide Metro website.

When major events are on at Adelaide Oval, road closures will impact your visit and it may take you a little longer to get to Adelaide Festival Centre. If you want to know if there are any restrictions when you plan to visit, you can check the traffic restriction schedule on the City of Adelaide website.  

Even when King William Road is closed, you can access the Festival Centre by foot from North Terrace or by using the Riverbank footbridge, and you can still get to the Riverbank car park, Festival Plaza Car Park, and Dunstan Playhouse drop off areas, by entering Festival Drive from Montefiore Road.

  • Par­ent­ing rooms and baby change facil­i­ties are avail­able in the Dun­stan Play­house foy­er.
  • Chil­dren must be accom­pa­nied by an adult at all times. 
  • Chil­dren under 12 months do not require a tick­et when seat­ed on a par­ent or guardian’s lap. 

Access services

We want to make your visit as enjoyable as possible and offer many ways to assist if support is required.

If you require access seating, please contact us on 131 246 to let us know what you need and well do our best to accommodate you, as we have various options available including the following:  

Festival Theatre

In the Stalls, row W has removable seats to accommodate patrons who wish to remain seated in their wheelchair or transfer to a theatre seat.  

Dunstan Playhouse

Boxes 1 and 4 plus selected seats in row L have removable seats to accommodate patrons who wish to remain seated in their wheelchair or transfer to a theatre seat.  

Space Theatre

Patrons using a wheelchair and those unable to manage stairs can be seated in the balcony or on floor level depending on the venue configuration.  

Festival Theatre and Dunstan Playhouse have hearing loop facilities, limited to particular seats in the venues. If this is required, pleaseadvise the operator at the time of booking. 

Festival Theatre

Lifts arelocated either side of the Festival Theatre auditorium with access to all levels.  

Dunstan Playhouse

Boxes are accessible from foyer level with no stairs. Lifts are available with access to Row L, Seats 811 and 3235.  

Space Theatre

Stair-free seating is available at the upper balcony level only.  

Malt Shovel Taphouse

Lift access is available outside via the plaza.  

Please note:in the unlikely event of a power failure, lifts will not operate and venue evacuation may take place via stairs. Patrons using wheelchairs and with mobility impairment will be assisted during the evacuation process.

Accessible toilets are available at all Adelaide Festival Centre venues.

Adelaide Festival Centre's standard straws are a hard paper. Plastic straws are available for patrons who require them, please request one from your food and beverage attendant. 

Every theatre and event/function area of Adelaide Festival Centre is assistance animal friendly.

Please contact 131 246 or advise the operator when you are booking tickets if you require a loan wheelchair during your visit. 

Wheelchairs can be collected at your venue concierge desk pre-show and must be returned within20 minutes of the show finishing. Patrons will be required to leave a driver's license, credit card, or government issued photo ID as a deposit until the wheelchair is returned. Wheelchairs must not be taken off site. Please coordinate patron pick-up and drop-off locations accordingly. 

Unfortunately we cannot provide staff to assist with patron wheelchair use unless there is an emergency. Adelaide Festival Centre participates in the Companion Card program for patrons who require support during their visit.

Things to do

If you're seeing a show, you may also want to take the opportunity to explore our exhibitions while you are here.

Attending an event

Before you attend an event, please read the Your Visit email sent to ticket buyers to make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest guidelines. If you did not purchase your tickets, please ask the person who did to send you your pre-show email.

To avoid queues and congestion, please arrive no more than 15 minutes before the performance. Once inside, please take your seats in the auditorium.   

With the high rate of vaccination in our community, we are no longer required to check your COVID-19 vaccination evidence at entry to our venues.  

QR Code and manual COVID-19 check-in is no longer required for visitors to Adelaide Festival Centre venues.    

At Festival Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre - foyer bars are open 90 minutes before the performance.

At Her Majesty's Theatre - foyer bars are open 45 minutes before performances.

Drinks and light refreshments are available.

To help reduce con­ges­tion, please con­sid­er send­ing one per­son to the bar for drinks.

Please note: a 12% surcharge applies on Sundays and Public Holidays on all food & drinks. Adelaide Festival Centre is a cashless venue.

Only bags smaller than A3 will be permitted into the venue. Backpacks are not permitted.

Please note: Adelaide Festival Centre is a cashless venue.

Cloakrooms are available at the Festival Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre. It’s not available at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Bags larger than A3 or backpacks as they will not be admitted into the theatre

Hand sanitiser stations are throughout back and front of house areas. Patrons are encouraged to wash their hands and sanitise frequently.

There is an onus on personal responsibility for the health and wellbeing of everyone:

  • Do not come to the theatre if you have cold or flu symptoms. Contact 131 246 to discuss your tickets.
  • Wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes in your arm.
  • Wear a mask and keep 1.5m from others wherever possible in foyers and queues.
  • Keep up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • If you are vulnerable, talk to your doctor about what is appropriate for you.

SA Health guidelines inform all seating arrangements and venue capacities. For most performances, you will be seated with patrons immediately next to you. 

Adelaide Festival Centre has a comprehensive Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Management Plan for prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Adelaide Festival Centre management will continue to take advice from SA Health and adapt to the developing situation. 

If you are seeking information on COVID-19 visit or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Ticket FAQs

Adelaide Festival Centre abides by the following rules:

  • For children’s shows: age 12 months and under - no ticket required.
  • For all other shows: age 2 years and under - no ticket required (where attendance is permitted for children based on age restrictions).

All ticketholders impacted by venue closures will receive a refund in full once the event is cancelled.

What's on at Festival Theatre

We look forward to seeing you and hope you enjoy the show!

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