Did you know Her Majesty’s Theatre is mainland Australia’s best preserved and oldest continuously operating theatre?

In fact, it was built in 1875 – making it the most intact of only four surviving nineteenth-century public theatres in Australia.

Each year more than 75,000 patrons are entertained by more than 15,000 performers who take to its stage.

It has become a much-loved venue which has played host to some of the world’s best performers while holding a special place in the heart of generations of local residents and performers.

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Parts of the structure of the building are potentially unsafe and do not meet current standards.

$15 million is needed for urgent works to bring Her Majesty’s Theatre Ballarat up to safe and professional standard so this ageing asset can continue to operate as the performing arts centre at the cultural heart of Ballarat and the wider region for another century.

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18 entries.
Margaret .E. New
I grew up in Ballarat going to many shows and also danced on stage. Our daughter and granddaughters also have performed on stage. My father bought the old piano that was used for South Street - it's still going with our grandson playing now. Wonderful memories. We must preserve the grand old lady.
I grew up in Ballarat going to many shows and also danced on stage. Our daughter and granddaughters also have performed on stage. My father bought the old piano that was used for South Street - it's still going with our grandson playing now. Wonderful memories. We must preserve the grand old lady.
Hayden Rees
I remember going to see my very first show at Her Majesty's Theatre when I was about six years old. It was BLOC Music Theatre's production of 'The Wizard of Oz'. I had never seen anything quite like it. It was magic. It was the moment I discovered my passion for the theatre and performing. Little did I know that in 2012 and 2013, I would actually perform on that stage in two musicals with Curtain Call Performing Arts Studios then in 2015 with the Dance for a Cure concert. I have always loved coming to this theatre and watching the latest show. This theatre is important in the Ballarat community and it is time for us to help this beautiful theatre so that all people can enjoy the magic of live performance at Her Majesty's Theatre!
I remember going to see my very first show at Her Majesty's Theatre when I was about six years old. It was BLOC Music Theatre's production of 'The Wizard of Oz'. I had never seen anything quite like it. It was magic. It was the moment I discovered my passion for the theatre and performing. Little did I know that in 2012 and 2013, I would actually perform on that stage in two musicals with Curtain Call Performing Arts Studios then in 2015 with the Dance for a Cure concert. I have always loved coming to this theatre and watching the latest show. This theatre is important in the Ballarat community and it is time for us to help this beautiful theatre so that all people can enjoy the magic of live performance at Her Majesty's Theatre!
Natasha
I received my 10 years' of service through the City of Ballarat working at Her Majesty's Theatre, starting as an usher then working my way up to Front of House manager. I have so many fabulous memories in this beautiful historic building! I have experienced hundreds and thousands of people enjoying themselves inside her walls for a range of different events. Ballarat sure is lucky to have her and we must protect her for future generations to enjoy.
I received my 10 years' of service through the City of Ballarat working at Her Majesty's Theatre, starting as an usher then working my way up to Front of House manager. I have so many fabulous memories in this beautiful historic building! I have experienced hundreds and thousands of people enjoying themselves inside her walls for a range of different events. Ballarat sure is lucky to have her and we must protect her for future generations to enjoy.
Carmel Flynn
What a Grand Old Lady she is. My first memory of going to Her Maj was to see "The King and I". I was about 10. I could not believe how talented everyone was and thought the stage took up the whole of Lydiard St. I was mesmerized. The closing of Her Maj feels similar to when Lake Wendouree ran dry. There is something missing. Our performance heart has gone quiet. Unfortunately due to her closure mostly for safety reasons, those of us involved in musical theatre and performance in Ballarat have had our schedules and plans drastically altered. She is such an institution that everyone is actually affected. She brings thousands of people to Ballarat (mostly through South St.) which in turn brings money for Ballarat to prosper. Businesses are hurting. We must get her back up and running. But there is no point doing another patch up job. Her Majesty's needs a total overhaul. If she is renovated properly, users will be safe and confident to be back using her to her full capacity for another 100 years. Future generations will receive the same pleasures that thousands of us have had already and be able to say they... Read more
What a Grand Old Lady she is.
My first memory of going to Her Maj was to see "The King and I".
I was about 10. I could not believe how talented everyone was and thought the stage took up the whole of Lydiard St. I was mesmerized.
The closing of Her Maj feels similar to when Lake Wendouree ran dry. There is something missing. Our performance heart has gone quiet.

Unfortunately due to her closure mostly for safety reasons, those of us involved in musical theatre and performance in Ballarat have had our schedules and plans drastically altered. She is such an institution that everyone is actually affected. She brings thousands of people to Ballarat (mostly through South St.) which in turn brings money for Ballarat to prosper. Businesses are hurting. We must get her back up and running.

But there is no point doing another patch up job. Her Majesty's needs a total overhaul. If she is renovated properly, users will be safe and confident to be back using her to her full capacity for another 100 years.

Future generations will receive the same pleasures that thousands of us have had already and be able to say they have been on the unique Her Majesty's raked floor in Ballarat or witnessed some of the most amazing performances of a lifetime.

It's time - she needs help.
Anna
A wonderful and amazing part of our community. I have seen many performances - both professional and amateur, performed on stage and in the pit and have watched my children grow up and perform there. An asset not just to Ballarat, but an important part of performing arts in Australia.
A wonderful and amazing part of our community. I have seen many performances - both professional and amateur, performed on stage and in the pit and have watched my children grow up and perform there. An asset not just to Ballarat, but an important part of performing arts in Australia.
Chelsea
Her Majesty's Theatre holds a lot of memories not just for me but for many people old and young. When I was a young girl my end of year dancing concert was on the stage of Her Maj. It was a beautiful and empowering experience, having the privilege to dance on the stage of such a beautiful and historical building, including constantly getting lost in the endless underground hallways of the dressing rooms. There is so much history in this building we would be at an enormous loss if we weren't to support the restructuring and renovation of Her Majesty's Theatre. Long live Her Maj!
Her Majesty's Theatre holds a lot of memories not just for me but for many people old and young. When I was a young girl my end of year dancing concert was on the stage of Her Maj. It was a beautiful and empowering experience, having the privilege to dance on the stage of such a beautiful and historical building, including constantly getting lost in the endless underground hallways of the dressing rooms. There is so much history in this building we would be at an enormous loss if we weren't to support the restructuring and renovation of Her Majesty's Theatre.
Long live Her Maj!
Janelle
I performed calisthenics for 30+ years at Her Majesty’s and the RSSS competition just didn’t feel the same when we had to perform at other venues sometimes. Now I love watching my beautiful daughters enjoy the stage each year themselves. My stomach still flips every time I drive down from Bakery Hill and see the Stage Door.
I performed calisthenics for 30+ years at Her Majesty’s and the RSSS competition just didn’t feel the same when we had to perform at other venues sometimes. Now I love watching my beautiful daughters enjoy the stage each year themselves. My stomach still flips every time I drive down from Bakery Hill and see the Stage Door.
Tegan
I have been performing on Her Majesty's stage for 20 years now and with many more performing years ahead of me, it makes me incredibly sad to think it won't be in this beautiful theatre again. There is the most magical feeling about Her Majesty's and I am hoping with all my might that she will be saved.
I have been performing on Her Majesty's stage for 20 years now and with many more performing years ahead of me, it makes me incredibly sad to think it won't be in this beautiful theatre again. There is the most magical feeling about Her Majesty's and I am hoping with all my might that she will be saved.
Melissa Cox
My Nanna - the late Irene Heany - worked hard as a cleaner for many years at Her Maj. As a child, my Mum and Aunt shared many stories that Nan had told them about the amazing performers who graciously signed autographs and snuck them into the theatre. Whilst from a very poor background, they were lucky enough to have had the opportunity to experience the culture and magic of musical theatre in such a beautiful and treasured theatre. Please save Her Maj.
My Nanna - the late Irene Heany - worked hard as a cleaner for many years at Her Maj. As a child, my Mum and Aunt shared many stories that Nan had told them about the amazing performers who graciously signed autographs and snuck them into the theatre. Whilst from a very poor background, they were lucky enough to have had the opportunity to experience the culture and magic of musical theatre in such a beautiful and treasured theatre.

Please save Her Maj.
Renee Hansen
As a performer going by Renee Burleigh I started my love for the stage at Her Maj. Each year when the RSSS competition came to a close, I would start to count down the days until the next year's competition would start. My childhood was spent looking forward to getting back on this glorious stage. The rich history of this theatre is the perfect example of how I would love every theatre to be. It is absolutely beautiful and majestic, filled with character and spirit. Still to this day after becoming a professional performer, performing in countless musicals around the world, and now as a manager representing Australia's best performers, I fell in love with it all 30 years ago and my heart is still in the soul of Her Maj.
As a performer going by Renee Burleigh I started my love for the stage at Her Maj. Each year when the RSSS competition came to a close, I would start to count down the days until the next year's competition would start. My childhood was spent looking forward to getting back on this glorious stage. The rich history of this theatre is the perfect example of how I would love every theatre to be. It is absolutely beautiful and majestic, filled with character and spirit. Still to this day after becoming a professional performer, performing in countless musicals around the world, and now as a manager representing Australia's best performers, I fell in love with it all 30 years ago and my heart is still in the soul of Her Maj.

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