This project is closed for feedback

Survey closed

We have now closed the survey which asked the community their ideas for an iconic and vibrant future Canberra Theatre Centre.

From here we will compile a report which highlights what people want from their live performance experience. This report will be available on this page in early 2024 and will also be used to inform design development and support the Business Case (for construction funding) and planning approvals.

About this consultation

An exciting transformation is planned for the Canberra Theatre Centre, aligning with the ACT Government’s ambition for Canberra to be recognised as Australia’s arts capital.

Our community consultation focused on asking the community their ideas for an iconic and vibrant future Canberra Theatre Centre.

There were a number of opportunities for people to have their say, outlined below.

Quick Poll

In addition to a great performance, what matters most for a good experience at Canberra Theatre Centre?

This poll has concluded.

Food and drink at the venue
6% (13 votes)
Foyer and welcome
4% (8 votes)
9% (19 votes)
Seating in the performance (comfort and sightlines)
64% (143 votes)
Lighting around the venue
3% (6 votes)
Food and drink in the district
15% (33 votes)
Total Votes: 222

We are looking at

The project is currently in the planning and design phase.

Design is currently underway for a transformed Canberra Theatre Centre, including:

  • a new 2,000 seat lyric theatre (type of theatre suitable for circus, musicals, ballet), comparable in scale to the largest theatres in Australia
  • a refurbishment of the Playhouse
  • adapting the existing Canberra Theatre to become a contemporary flexible venue able to host a broad range of performances, concerts and events
  • expanding the Courtyard Studio to accommodate a diverse range of activity with flexible seating and open plan theatrical space able to host performances, workshops and open plan creativity.

Engagement so far

Engagement so far

In this planning and early design phase, consultation started with people in the performing arts sector.

We established a Performing Arts Reference Group (PARG) through an EOI process, appointing 20 individuals representing a diverse cross-section of Canberra's performing arts communities.

Consultation has also started with stakeholders in the form of workshops, briefings and meetings.

There will be more opportunities to have your say as the project progresses.