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Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne

Her Majesty's Theatre

219 Exhibition Street
Melbourne
Website: Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

Melbourne


The press release might state "J. C. Williamson's Theatre Company are pleased to announce the production of a new musical comedy at Her Majesty's Theatre" but the word in the street was much simpler - "The Firm are doing a new show at The Maj". For over a century 'The Maj' has been one of the most important theatres in Australia.

Built as the Alexandra Theatre (named after the then Princess of Wales) in 1886, the theatre was originally designed by the architect Nahum Barnet and built for the entrepreneur Jean Joubert. It had particular success with Australian based plays, including adaptations of works by local authors Marcus Clarke, Ralph Boldrewood and Fergus Hume. By the 1890s it had also gained a reputation for presenting blockbusters with spectacular effects to large audiences.

In 1900, the theatre was taken over by J. C. Williamson who renamed it Her Majesty's Theatre and used it as a venue for musical comedies. After a bad fire in 1929 the theatre it was substantially remodelled in 1934 in the 'style moderne' of the time and re-opened as His Majesty's Theatre. (The name reverted to 'Her' with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953).

The theatre is particularly associated with Dame Nellie Melba. She had the stage and proscenium remodelled in 1909 to improve the acoustics, made her Melbourne grand opera debut there in 1911 and gave her final, final, final farewell performance there in 1928.

'The Firm' eventually sold the theatre in 1978 and it was sold again in 2000 to Mike Walsh who set about replacing the decaying infrastructure and bringing the theatre up to 21st Century requirements.

More information on the history of Her Majesty's Theatre can be found in our Melbourne Newsletter No.82.

Some forthcoming performances at Her Majesty's Theatre:

Hamilton

Hamilton

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. A record-breaking masterpiece that has “transformed theatre and the way we think about history.” – The New York Times

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography.

Hailed by critics as “A reinvention of the musical” – Chicago Tribune and “A singular work of brilliance.” ” – Rolling Stone, HAMILTON has gone from theatrical rebel to cultural phenomenon.

Prices and bookings at the Hamilton website



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