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 the theatre.
Improvements will include:
- A new theatre flying system that will be quieter, safer and more reliable;
- An improved grid deck;
- A better rigging system as well as a new bridge for rigging lights; and
- A new automated stage system to make reconfiguring the stage easier for a wider range of performances.
The theatre will be closed for seven months from May to December 2017.
To maximise outcomes during the closure period, additional works are also being scoped to improve the theatre's accessibility, acoustics and functionality.
Download the Joan Sutherland Theatre factsheet