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The Joan Sutherland Theatre

In 2015 the Opera House announced that it would self-fund a $45 million Renewal project to replace theatre equipment that has reached the end of its operational life in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, improving reliability, functionality and safety in world-famous theatre.

Improvements will include:

  • A new theatre flying system that will be quieter, safer and more reliable;
  • An improved grid deck providing a more flexible system of hoists; and
  • A better rigging system as well as a new bridge for rigging lights.

The theatre will be closed for seven months from May to December 2017.

To maximise outcomes during the closure period, the NSW Government has committed a further $26 million towards additional upgrades to improve functionality, accessibility, acoustics and safety in the theatre.

Subject to required planning and heritage approvals, these further works include: 

  • Upgrades to the orchestra pit and the installation of  a new acoustic enhancement system to better distribute orchestral sound through the venue;
  • Partial replacement of the auditorium lighting, a new sound console and follow spot room;
  • A new passageway on the western side of the Joan Sutherland Theatre leading to a new lift that provides access - including wheelchair access - to all levels of the Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer (these works are expected to be completed by mid-2018); and
  • Six additional female toilets and one accessible bathroom.

Download the Joan Sutherland Theatre fact sheet

An opera theatre that flexes between the classics and contemporary performance.

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