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MLC Centre signals renewed vision for Theatre Royal
6 August 2015. The renewal of Sydney’s MLC Centre has reached another significant milestone, with co-owners QIC and The GPT Group having agreed terms with Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) for the lease and management of the Theatre Royal in Sydney.
The Theatre Royal, part of the MLC Centre and situated on King Street, is Sydney’s oldest theatrical institution and one of the city’s premier commercial theatre venues.
Situated in the heart of the CBD and with a seating capacity of more than 1100, the theatre will undergo a major refurbishment under management by ATG, providing a significant boost to the Sydney arts and cultural community and guaranteeing a promising future for one of the city’s iconic venues.
The announcement comes as the MLC Centre has made significant progress on the redevelopment of its food court and retail spaces, as part of the co-owners’ broader vision to deliver a vibrant location to shop, socialise and enjoy cultural events.
GPT Chief Investment Officer Carmel Hourigan said the MLC Centre would benefit greatly from partnering with one of the world’s top live theatre companies.
“The MLC Centre will become home to a new world class theatre, which supports our vision for the precinct as a unique and exciting place, where people gather for both business and leisure. The owners chose to work with ATG because it has a strong track record of delivering premium productions,” Ms Hourigan said.
ATG, the world’s leading live theatre company founded by Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire OBE, own and operate 40 venues and counting in the West End of London, across the UK and Broadway. They are also an international award winning production company, as well as the world’s market leader in theatre ticketing.
ATG’s Asia Pacific operations are headquartered in Sydney and they are an active theatre producer in Australia, with recent productions including the award-winning Legally Blonde the Musical; Thriller Live; Guys and Dolls; West Side Story and the recent hit production of The Rocky Horror Show.
ATG founder Sir Howard Panter said that having produced shows in Australia for a number of years, ATG has fallen in love with the MLC Centre and the Theatre Royal and it will be working with the MLC Centre co-owners on a major refurbishment of the theatre to improve its facilities and create a premium experience for theatre patrons.
“We plan to showcase the very best of theatre from Australia and the rest of the world, placing the MLC Centre and the Theatre Royal firmly in the centre of Sydney’s theatrical life.”
“For ATG this heralds the dawn of its venue management operations in Asia Pacific, a region that will play a major part in our international expansion plan,” said Sir Howard Panter.
ATG continues active discussions with other Australian venues and developments are underway for additional theatres, as well as, in Korea, Japan, Singapore and China, with new productions also earmarked for these territories.
One of Sydney's premier commercial theatre venues, Theatre Royal has been the home of shows from world renowned plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest
, The Woman in Black
and The Hollow Crown
to mega-musicals, such as the Phantom of the Opera
, Les Miserables
, Dirty Dancing
, My Fair Lady
, the phenomenal long-running musical - Jersey Boys
, and more recently Driving Miss Daisy
starring legendary actors Angela Lansbury
and James Earl Jones
. The first Theatre Royal was originally built in 1827.
The current Theatre Royal, designed by Harry Seidler, opened in 1976 and is located in MLC Centre, in the heart of Sydney's CBD.
SECURITY CHECKS OPERATE AT THIS THEATRE
Please present your bag/s for inspection on entry to the auditorium. Any large bags or backpacks are required to be inspected and cloaked in the Cloakroom on level 6 (Main Lobby) - this is a free of charge service. It is a condition of entry that customers allow their bags to be searched on request .
Phone: 1 300 723 038
In person: At any Ticketmaster outlet
Group bookings: (02) 8240 2290
Wheelchair bookings/access inquiries: (02) 9221 3903
TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY - Please call (02) 9221 3903 to see if you're eligible
Address: 108 King Street, Sydney.
Administration: Phone 02-9224 8444 (no ticket sales) Fax 02-9223 3994
Email Inquiries - General: Theatre.Royal@mlccentre.com.au
Box Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm.
When there is a performance, the box office remains open until show time.
Weekend opening hours will vary according to performance times.
Collecting Tickets: It is advisable to collect your tickets in advance to avoid the queues: we recommend picking up your tickets before you head to the venue. If you decide to collect your tickets at the venue, be sure to arrive early to avoid potential delays.
Cloakroom: A free cloakroom service is located on the ground floor. This service is available approximately 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Backpacks and Large Bags: For comfort, safety and security reasons, we ask that you cloak all backpacks and large bags this is a condition of entry to the auditorium.
Alcohol is not permitted inside the auditorium.
There is no hearing loop at the Theatre Royal.
The Stalls area (lower level) is accessible by stairs only. There are no lifts to this area. The Dress Circle area (upper level) is accessible by stairs, lift and escalators.
Please note, if you are taller than average or if you have knee problems
, it is advisable you book in the Stalls seating area which has a little more leg room.
Patrons in wheelchairs or with mobility concerns
are asked to mention this to Ticketmaster when making their booking. If you have difficulty taking stairs, we would recommend you book in the Dress Circle which is accessible by lift and escalators. You will only need to negotiate the steps down to your row of seating from the entry of the Dress Circle with the exception of M row in the Dress Circle which is fully accessible with NO STAIRS to get to this row.
If you are seated in the Stalls section, please note the first two rows of seating (AA and BB rows) are removable rows so the very first row (whether it begins at AA or A row) will depend on the production in residence. Rows AA to D are on the flat and are not raked
Seating Map: Click here to View Map
Seating can vary from show to show - this seating map to be used as a GUIDE ONLY.
|There are two function rooms available for hire:
||The Theatre Club (holds up to 20)
||The Royal Lounge (holds up to 40)
To obtain $45 Matinee day discounted parking at the MLC Centre Car Park you must pre-book your parking through Wilson Parking’s easy online booking system - Book a Bay.
Please ensure you;
- Select MLC Car Park
- Enter the date and times you wish to enter and exit the car park
- Enter the case sensitive discount code "Patron"
Wilson Parking website-MLC Centre
Click here to pre-book your discounted parking.
If you have a question about your booking you can contact the Wilson Parking customer service team on 1800 PARKING (1800 727 546) during business hours Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: discounted parking is only on offer for weekday shows.
Martin Place is the closest station to MLC Centre and Theatre Royal, however, St James, Wynyard and Town Hall are also within easy walking distance www.cityrail.nsw.gov.au
Castlereagh St (right outside MLC Centre) and Elizabeth Street. Also close to George Street. www.sydneytransport.net.au
For information on all public transport call the transport info line 131 500 or visit their website: www.131500.com.au
Coach set down/pick up points
Visit City of Sydney
Go to BUSINESS and select BUS & COACH ZONES.
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