The Theater Royal has been a Sydney icon since 1976, but actually dates back to 1833. The latest version of the theater was designed by Harry Seidler and has hosted a variety of entertainment including drama, musical and comedy. The King and Me, Cats, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.
When the MLC Center closed for development, there was a great deal of outrage not only from the arts community but also from theatergoers who loved the smaller, more intimate feel of the Theater Royal.
“It was home to the first wave of big blockbuster musicals that came to Australia in the ’80s and ’90s,” said Torben Brookman, CEO of Theater Royal. AJN.
“And from that moment on, it has remained a really important place in Sydney’s arts ecology. When it closed, the loss was felt really strongly on the theater stage.”
Now, the Theater Royal is ready to open its doors again, welcoming its customers with open arms. The unveiling is particularly poignant as the city emerges from quarantine.
Described by Brookman as the quintessential Broadway home, the new Theater Royal nods to the original Seidler architecture, particularly its iconic concrete drum.
Theater Royal CEO Torben Brookman is in the shiny new foyer. Photo: Pierre Toussain
“The purpose of the reopening was to bring it back to some of the original splendor that Seidler created when he first conceived of the theatre, which in the last 14 years, many of which have been shut down or removed,” Brookman said.
“It restores some of the original features but at the same time it does it in a contemporary, modern and sophisticated way.”
For Seidler, the curves and shapes added to the drama that became Theater Royal, and many will fondly remember the theater-specific circular entrance. Now, the concrete has been replaced by glass, bringing beautiful natural light into the foyer and the level below.
The Theater Royal plays an important role in the Sydney theater space, especially when you consider without it, there are only two commercial theaters, both with around 2,000 seats, compared to the more intimate setting of the Theater Royal for around 1200. Seats.
“Theatre Royal is basically booked through the second half of 2023,” Brookman said. “It’s been a very tough 18 months for the live entertainment industry. A very resilient community that is desperately eager to get back to work and entertain the audience. Please come back and support the live entertainment industry, whether it’s the Theater Royal or another theater in Sydney.”
Opening with Theater Royal Jagged Little Pill On December 2, then next year Girl from the North Country and An American in Paris. Reservations: theatreroyalsydney.com
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