Her Majesty's Theatre
Her Majesty's Ballarat historic auditorium

Her Majesty's Theatre

Address: 17 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat central, Victoria 3350

Phone: 03 5364 2371  |  Mobile: 0409 665 364  |  Fax: 03 5364 2359  

Email: hermaj@hermaj.com
Web: hermaj.com

Her Majesty's Theatre is one of Australia's most historic theatres, and one of the busiest performing arts centres in regional Victoria.

It opened in 1875 and is the oldest purpose-built theatre building in Australia to have been continuously used as a live theatre venue.

The building is a fascinating mix of old and new, with a beautifully renovated 959 seat, double-balconied auditorium which offers both comfort and elegance, while boasting state of the art lighting, sound and safety equipment.

The Theatre offers an annual Season of touring professional theatre productions, representing a selection of performances from some of Australia's leading theatre companies.

The Theatre is hired by commercial entrepreneurs for tours by popular artists. It is also a community facility and is hired by local amateur companies and groups for the presentation of their productions, including musical comedies, school concerts and ballet recitals.

Since 1965, Australia's largest and longest-running eisteddfod, the Royal South Street Competitions, have called the Theatre home and occupy the building between mid-August and early November every year.

The Theatre also houses a 1937 Compton Theatre Organ and boasts many interesting artefacts. The Long Room Bar, overlooking Lydiard Street, is the theatre's gracious licensed bar.

Tours of the theatre are popular with groups but need to be pre-arranged.

Her Majesty's Theatre has been owned and operated as a business unit of the City of Ballarat since 1990. Today around 300 performances are presented each year, to audiences of more than 70,000 people. Tickets are sold through MajesTix, the Theatre Box Office, and information is available on the Theatre's website.

Content: Her Majesty's Theatre

Cancellation and booking policy

The Theatre sells tickets to performances with conditions: no refund or exchange policy; right to vary artists; usual conditions of entry to the auditorium.

Local directions

The Theatre is located in the heart of Ballarat's business district, south of the main intersection of Sturt and Lydiard Streets, a short walk from the Town Hall, cafes, shops and restaurants.


  • Kiosk

Opening hours

The theatre is generally open for casual visitors, except during set-ups for performances. Tours can be organised for groups in advance.

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