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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77 entries.
Jill
An iconic building that must be preserved. It is vital for the South Street Eisteddfod and excellent local amateur companies, musical performances and visiting companies.
An iconic building that must be preserved. It is vital for the South Street Eisteddfod and excellent local amateur companies, musical performances and visiting companies.
Gemma
Her Majesty’s Theatre is a beautiful place to watch performances and should be saved for future generations to enjoy.
Her Majesty’s Theatre is a beautiful place to watch performances and should be saved for future generations to enjoy.
Graeme
This theatre is unique in Australia and has been the “birthplace” of many outstanding Australian artists.
This theatre is unique in Australia and has been the “birthplace” of many outstanding Australian artists.
Andrea
Please repair this beautiful old building so that future generations can enjoy and use it for the next 100 years.
Please repair this beautiful old building so that future generations can enjoy and use it for the next 100 years.
Nic
A city like Ballarat with so much history needs a theatre like Her Majesty’s. Save the charm of our city.
A city like Ballarat with so much history needs a theatre like Her Majesty’s. Save the charm of our city.
Nicole
Her Majesty’s Theatre is iconic to Ballarat and needs to carry on in all it’s doing.
Her Majesty’s Theatre is iconic to Ballarat and needs to carry on in all it’s doing.
Julie
I would like to see this beautiful old theatre continue for the Ballarat community.
I would like to see this beautiful old theatre continue for the Ballarat community.
Pauline
Please save our beautiful theatre and help us raise all the funds to help.
Please save our beautiful theatre and help us raise all the funds to help.
Stephanie Greet
Her Majesty's Theatre is a beautiful and significant historical building which governments should value and support. It is a vibrant heart for the performing arts in Ballarat and performers well beyond. As Ballarat's arts activities and communities grow, it is important to preserve and protect the origins of the arts in this beautifully, historic city. Without Her Majesty's Ballarat has struggled to provide enough spaces to house all the arts events which take place here. Without adequate support for Her Majesty's what governments are really saying is, heritage does not matter, the arts do not matter, regional cities do not matter, communities do not matter. All of this we know to be false.
Her Majesty's Theatre is a beautiful and significant historical building which governments should value and support. It is a vibrant heart for the performing arts in Ballarat and performers well beyond. As Ballarat's arts activities and communities grow, it is important to preserve and protect the origins of the arts in this beautifully, historic city. Without Her Majesty's Ballarat has struggled to provide enough spaces to house all the arts events which take place here. Without adequate support for Her Majesty's what governments are really saying is, heritage does not matter, the arts do not matter, regional cities do not matter, communities do not matter. All of this we know to be false.
Brett Macdonald
The Royal South Street Society, organisers of Australia’s oldest Eisteddfod (and still one of the largest) is an extremely passionate supporter of Her Majesty’s Ballarat. As a former owner of the theatre and now its most significant hirer, we need this beautiful building to not only be safe and open, but also taking the steps forward to truly become Australia’s premier heritage theatre. We describe Her Maj as our ‘unfair advantage’. It’s what we’ve got that other cities don’t. Our competitors love it for its prestige, history, grandeur, central location, intimate auditorium and famous raked stage. To a large degree it’s what continues to make South Street the success it is, even after 127 years of competition. Her Maj is of course wonderful on many levels for our young performing artists but it also provides a massive boost for Ballarat business. The Eisteddfod attracts around 11,000 competitors every year who bring with them families, teachers, coaches, support staff and more. Then, of course, there’s the paying audience of some 35,000. These people stay, play and spend in our city providing important economic stimulus. South Street applauds the council for its recent $5.3 million investment into the theatre and strongly urges... Read more
The Royal South Street Society, organisers of Australia’s oldest Eisteddfod (and still one of the largest) is an extremely passionate supporter of Her Majesty’s Ballarat.
As a former owner of the theatre and now its most significant hirer, we need this beautiful building to not only be safe and open, but also taking the steps forward to truly become Australia’s premier heritage theatre.
We describe Her Maj as our ‘unfair advantage’. It’s what we’ve got that other cities don’t.
Our competitors love it for its prestige, history, grandeur, central location, intimate auditorium and famous raked stage. To a large degree it’s what continues to make South Street the success it is, even after 127 years of competition.
Her Maj is of course wonderful on many levels for our young performing artists but it also provides a massive boost for Ballarat business.
The Eisteddfod attracts around 11,000 competitors every year who bring with them families, teachers, coaches, support staff and more. Then, of course, there’s the paying audience of some 35,000. These people stay, play and spend in our city providing important economic stimulus.
South Street applauds the council for its recent $5.3 million investment into the theatre and strongly urges the state and federal governments to jointly contribute the $15 million now required to take Her Maj to the next level.
After all, 40,000 on stage performances during our comps each year can’t be wrong.

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