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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Joshua Hyde
Many of my earliest performances took place at Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat but even before then, I had the chance to discover a myriad of musical worlds without having to leave my home town. These experiences inspired me to make a career in the arts, and without them I wouldn't be nearly the artist I am today. Joshua Hyde Assistant Professor, Royal Brussels Conservatory International soloist Co-artistic director, soundinitiative (Paris)
Many of my earliest performances took place at Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat but even before then, I had the chance to discover a myriad of musical worlds without having to leave my home town. These experiences inspired me to make a career in the arts, and without them I wouldn't be nearly the artist I am today.

Joshua Hyde
Assistant Professor, Royal Brussels Conservatory
International soloist
Co-artistic director, soundinitiative (Paris)
Claire McAteer
Ballarat is a city known for its heritage buildings, with Her Majesty’s being one of the most significant. If you’ve grown up in Ballarat (or ballet-rat!) the chances are at some stage you’ve had the chance to either stand on its magnificent stage, or watch a performance there. It’s a huge part of the city’s culture and it’s a place that is so dear, to so many. It simply must be saved.
Ballarat is a city known for its heritage buildings, with Her Majesty’s being one of the most significant. If you’ve grown up in Ballarat (or ballet-rat!) the chances are at some stage you’ve had the chance to either stand on its magnificent stage, or watch a performance there. It’s a huge part of the city’s culture and it’s a place that is so dear, to so many. It simply must be saved.
Teresa Lodge
Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Royal South Street Society were a beautiful and integral part of my childhood, and my children’s childhoods. Please watch the campaign video and help continue to keep this beautiful theatre in our lives, and help keep performing arts and music in our state alive. Helping Her Maj will also help the beautiful city of Ballarat.
Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Royal South Street Society were a beautiful and integral part of my childhood, and my children’s childhoods. Please watch the campaign video and help continue to keep this beautiful theatre in our lives, and help keep performing arts and music in our state alive. Helping Her Maj will also help the beautiful city of Ballarat.
Trish
We need to preserve this majestic building because when it's gone, it's gone forever. Ballarat's history needs to be looked after.
We need to preserve this majestic building because when it's gone, it's gone forever. Ballarat's history needs to be looked after.
Maisie Perryman
Her Maj has been such a huge part of not only my upbringing but also many people over many generations. From ballet concerts as a three year old, competing on stage in Royal South Street for over 10 years, playing solo and being a part of productions in the orchestra pit, Her Maj has been such an amazing place for the arts to shine (amateur or professional) and we in Ballarat are so lucky to have such a historic, beautiful theatre. Performers and audiences locally, nationally and internationally are positively brought together. There's just something special about being in an old theatre; something newer theatres just cannot provide. As a performer, the feeling of walking on the stage of Her Maj has unique vibes. Her Maj is a very iconic building that draws people in, and in turn supports Ballarat's economy. The thought of never going back in Her Maj is something that makes me feel incredibly sad. So so so many memories I and many others will cherish forever. This would be such a huge loss for a town known for its heritage.
Her Maj has been such a huge part of not only my upbringing but also many people over many generations. From ballet concerts as a three year old, competing on stage in Royal South Street for over 10 years, playing solo and being a part of productions in the orchestra pit, Her Maj has been such an amazing place for the arts to shine (amateur or professional) and we in Ballarat are so lucky to have such a historic, beautiful theatre.

Performers and audiences locally, nationally and internationally are positively brought together. There's just something special about being in an old theatre; something newer theatres just cannot provide. As a performer, the feeling of walking on the stage of Her Maj has unique vibes. Her Maj is a very iconic building that draws people in, and in turn supports Ballarat's economy. The thought of never going back in Her Maj is something that makes me feel incredibly sad. So so so many memories I and many others will cherish forever. This would be such a huge loss for a town known for its heritage.
Kellie
I am from Adelaide but love Ballarat more than anything. Her Maj has a place in my heart because that’s where Mum had a great night with the late Jon English (her hero). Also it’s another beautiful piece of Ballarat’s history.
I am from Adelaide but love Ballarat more than anything. Her Maj has a place in my heart because that’s where Mum had a great night with the late Jon English (her hero). Also it’s another beautiful piece of Ballarat’s history.
Carl Barron
It is one of my favourite Grand Victorian Theatres in the country. It has that old historic feeling to it which many new theatres simply cannot replicate. The venue is always on my radar when planning my tours and I always look forward to performing there every time. It invokes a certain spirit that very few theatres can generate which is why I chose to film my second DVD there ‘Whatever Comes Next’.
It is one of my favourite Grand Victorian Theatres in the country. It has that old historic feeling to it which many new theatres simply cannot replicate. The venue is always on my radar when planning my tours and I always look forward to performing there every time. It invokes a certain spirit that very few theatres can generate which is why I chose to film my second DVD there ‘Whatever Comes Next’.

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