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A big rebuild planned for Brisbane Arts Theatre

I reprint this email from the Brisbane Arts Theatre in its entirety. It looks like a brilliant cause to me.

“In 1959 The Brisbane Arts Theatre had been producing theatre for 23 years without our own venue. We bought Dan's, a second hand shop, and turned it into a theatre, opening in 1961. It burnt down just three years later, was redesigned by acclaimed Brisbane architect John Dalton, and rebuilt within just 12 months. In 2016, the building stands almost untouched since 1965, with minor building works undertaken in the 70s and 90s.

50 years on, it's time to revitalise our iconic venue.

Stage One is the first step in redeveloping the Arts Theatre. It includes major renovations to the public areas of the venue, including the courtyard, bar, box office and restrooms. Key work in this stage includes:

  • A new bar and box office, relocated within the courtyard.

  • New patron restrooms, relocated to the ground floor.

  • A new timber balcony above the courtyard, extending and enclosing front-of-house patron areas.

  • Demolition of existing patron restrooms and greenroom to create a half-stage sized rehearsal space.

Making the Arts Theatre Accessible Stage One is designed as a major improvement to the Arts Theatre's facilities for visiting patrons. Most importantly, it removes the barrier of stairs between the front-of-house areas and the restrooms, ensuring the Arts Theatre becomes a fully accessible venue. Stage One not only modernises our public areas, but extends the capacity of the courtyard space, with a new first-floor level. The addition of a rehearsal space will be the first since the sale of property in 2011, significantly reducing annual expenditure on rehearsal venue leases. Make a donation

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Donors of $150 or more receive:

  • A special Brisbane Arts Theatre lapel pin;

  • An invitation to the VIP official opening of Stage One;

  • Acknowledgement in our 2018 season brochure.

Corporate donors should contact our Executive Officer to discuss our corporate partnership packages

Get In Touch: Phone: (07) 3369 2344. Email: Web:”

Let’s all help out.

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