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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Michael, Peter, Ben & Doug - Ballarat National Theatre - Board.
We can not stand by and see the wonderful old lady in Lydiard Street disappear, this is why the 2018 board have committed to including a charity night in all of our play seasons until the end of 2019, and perhaps beyond, our first was during the run of " Pride And Prejudice " the next will be " Natural Causes " on Monday December 3 at 8pm. Let's Save Her Maj together.
We can not stand by and see the wonderful old lady in Lydiard Street disappear, this is why the 2018 board have committed to
including a charity night in all of our play seasons until the end of 2019, and perhaps beyond, our first was during the run of " Pride And Prejudice " the next will be " Natural Causes " on Monday December 3 at 8pm.
Let's Save Her Maj together.
Genevieve
Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat, provides the Ballarat community and visitors a rare and unique theatre experience. It draws acts and performers from all around the world to Ballarat. It completes a town by providing culture and entertainment. It makes a theatre experience which is often costly attainable to many in our community. Theatre promotes imagination and the forming of possibility, it instills a sense of hope and questioning in younger and older generations. This theatre has always being relevant and important - its history, relevance, functionality and presentation must be maintained for today and into the future.
Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat, provides the Ballarat community and visitors a rare and unique theatre experience.
It draws acts and performers from all around the world to Ballarat. It completes a town by providing culture and entertainment.
It makes a theatre experience which is often costly attainable to many in our community.
Theatre promotes imagination and the forming of possibility, it instills a sense of hope and questioning in younger and older generations.
This theatre has always being relevant and important - its history, relevance, functionality and presentation must be maintained for today and into the future.
Ms M Roleff
History like this is irreplaceable from early Goldfields days - when so many performers came from so far away to entertain. The venue rich in stories and carries a lineage of times past, and more recent history in the performing arts. It has never lost relevance and should be preserved for future generations so as to continue this rich heritage. Saving places like these is never a mistake, as we know with other older venues that patrons continue to frequent them. It makes good sense in every way to save Her Majesty's.
History like this is irreplaceable from early Goldfields days - when so many performers came from so far away to entertain. The venue rich in stories and carries a lineage of times past, and more recent history in the performing arts. It has never lost relevance and should be preserved for future generations so as to continue this rich heritage. Saving places like these is never a mistake, as we know with other older venues that patrons continue to frequent them. It makes good sense in every way to save Her Majesty's.
Gerard Ballinger
Her Majesty's Theatre is such an important part of Ballarat's history and culture, well worth preserving. Throughout my life I have enjoyed and participated in many performances, be it in Brass Bands, theatre or musicals. There is nothing like the feeling I get, sitting in the audience, listening and seeing great shows.
Her Majesty's Theatre is such an important part of Ballarat's history and culture, well worth preserving. Throughout my life I have enjoyed and participated in many performances, be it in Brass Bands, theatre or musicals. There is nothing like the feeling I get, sitting in the audience, listening and seeing great shows.
John Henderson
I write on behalf of Bell Shakespeare in support of the Save Her Majesty’s Ballarat campaign. Bell Shakespeare and Her Majesty’s have a long association with the theatre regularly programming our touring works in their annual season. Also, we work closely to contribute to Her Majesty’s education program delivered to secondary students from across the region. Our partnership has been very successful, and we look forward to working together into the future. That is if it is still there!!! It’s future must be secured!! Her Majesty’s is a unique and iconic theatre that all touring companys look forward to visiting due to its old-world charm soaked in 140 years of theatrical folklore. With its unique raked stage to its magnificent long room where many actors have shared thespian tales with local Ballarat patrons. There is nothing like it on the Australian touring circuit. It’s called authenticity and heritage!! Modern theatres are mere empty shells in comparison. And it has its own resident ghost!!! Bell Shakespeare as Australia national touring company strongly supports this initiative to save the Maj!!
I write on behalf of Bell Shakespeare in support of the Save Her Majesty’s Ballarat campaign.
Bell Shakespeare and Her Majesty’s have a long association with the theatre regularly
programming our touring works in their annual season. Also, we work closely to contribute to Her
Majesty’s education program delivered to secondary students from across the region.
Our partnership has been very successful, and we look forward to working together into the future.
That is if it is still there!!! It’s future must be secured!!
Her Majesty’s is a unique and iconic theatre that all touring companys look forward to visiting due
to its old-world charm soaked in 140 years of theatrical folklore. With its unique raked stage to its
magnificent long room where many actors have shared thespian tales with local Ballarat patrons.
There is nothing like it on the Australian touring circuit. It’s called authenticity and heritage!!
Modern theatres are mere empty shells in comparison. And it has its own resident ghost!!!
Bell Shakespeare as Australia national touring company strongly supports this initiative to save
the Maj!!
Caitlin Larcombe
The first time I visited Her Maj I was just five years old and it was to see a BLOC production of The King & I. I saw many shows over the years and also competed in South Street many times. When I was 17 I worked backstage on my first production, doing my VCE homework in the dark in between scenes for Jesus Christ Superstar. This led to 10 years of working in the theatre for various productions. It was often hard work but produced many, many funny and happy memories that I will carry with me forever. The social, economic and artistic benefits of Her Maj cannot be denied. Many people travel here for competitions and shows, boosting the local economy and giving locals and out of towners alike a wonderful experience and access to premium theatre and shows on par (or better!) than what can be seen in the major metropolitan areas.
The first time I visited Her Maj I was just five years old and it was to see a BLOC production of The King & I. I saw many shows over the years and also competed in South Street many times.
When I was 17 I worked backstage on my first production, doing my VCE homework in the dark in between scenes for Jesus Christ Superstar. This led to 10 years of working in the theatre for various productions. It was often hard work but produced many, many funny and happy memories that I will carry with me forever.
The social, economic and artistic benefits of Her Maj cannot be denied. Many people travel here for competitions and shows, boosting the local economy and giving locals and out of towners alike a wonderful experience and access to premium theatre and shows on par (or better!) than what can be seen in the major metropolitan areas.
Kerry
I took my son and hubbie to their first even show. We watched Rock of ages... powerhouse performance but the inside of Her Maj took my breath away. I often smile when I drive past Her Maj as it warms my heart with beautiful memories. Happy times x
I took my son and hubbie to their first even show. We watched Rock of ages... powerhouse performance but the inside of Her Maj took my breath away. I often smile when I drive past Her Maj as it warms my heart with beautiful memories. Happy times x
Carol
I discovered Her Maj some 10 years ago whilst visiting Ballarat from North East Victoria. Fell absolutely, completely besotted and smitten by her architecture and her history , her charisma and her place in NATIONAL history and have returned at least tri-annually to Ballarat to sit wrapt and wrapped in her enthralling and beguiling arms ... whilst trying to focus on the performances ! A National Treasure to be preserved at all cost.
I discovered Her Maj some 10 years ago whilst visiting Ballarat from North East Victoria. Fell absolutely, completely besotted and smitten by her architecture and her history , her charisma and her place in NATIONAL history and have returned at least tri-annually to Ballarat to sit wrapt and wrapped in her enthralling and beguiling arms ... whilst trying to focus on the performances ! A National Treasure to be preserved at all cost.
Kate Doepel
Her Majesty's Theatre in Ballarat holds so many memories for me, it is hard to put into words what she means. I have lost count of the number of times I have performed there with over the years before I left Ballarat. From junior ballet troupes , school concert bands and choirs to vocal solo entries, Royal South Street Competition was a huge event on our family's calendar for years, with my proudest moment being performing as a finalist in the Star for Opera. The excitement of waiting in the Green Room and the feeling of standing alone on such a grand and beautiful stage never leaves you. I also performed as part of many theatre productions for BLOC and the Begonia Festival and I always loved arriving at the back 'Stage Door' and wandering through the labyrinth of hallways past dressing rooms which have hosted many of the country's finest performers over time. What an honour and a privilege to visit with the ghosts of performers past - if only those walls could talk! Her Maj has been substantially restored once already since my days and it truly is a treasure to be held in the nation's interest -... Read more
Her Majesty's Theatre in Ballarat holds so many memories for me, it is hard to put into words what she means. I have lost count of the number of times I have performed there with over the years before I left Ballarat. From junior ballet troupes , school concert bands and choirs to vocal solo entries, Royal South Street Competition was a huge event on our family's calendar for years, with my proudest moment being performing as a finalist in the Star for Opera. The excitement of waiting in the Green Room and the feeling of standing alone on such a grand and beautiful stage never leaves you. I also performed as part of many theatre productions for BLOC and the Begonia Festival and I always loved arriving at the back 'Stage Door' and wandering through the labyrinth of hallways past dressing rooms which have hosted many of the country's finest performers over time. What an honour and a privilege to visit with the ghosts of performers past - if only those walls could talk! Her Maj has been substantially restored once already since my days and it truly is a treasure to be held in the nation's interest - not only as a superb example of a working, traditional provincial theatre, when so many have been lost to progress and development, but also as a beacon to so many who aspire to the Performing Arts - somewhere you can get a real taste of what it is to perform on a real stage, with an ambience and atmosphere modern theatres can not possibly offer. I never visit Ballarat without at least a drive by and a wistful thought back to my own 'glory days' - such special memories. I sincerely wish for generations to come to have the same opportunities to perform, or just to spectate and savour the experience that is Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat. Save Her Maj.
Natalie
So many special memories of competing at calisthenics competitions at Her Majesty’s for nearly 15 years. I always hoped I would get to create new memories of trips to ballarat with my daughter and hope I still can
So many special memories of competing at calisthenics competitions at Her Majesty’s for nearly 15 years. I always hoped I would get to create new memories of trips to ballarat with my daughter and hope I still can

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