Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra

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Theater · Concert / Show
Canberra Theatre Centre is Canberra's premier performing arts venue, providing world class performing arts and entertainment to the people of Canberra and surrounding regions.

Canberra Theatre Centre includes the 1,244 seat Canberra Theatre, The Playhouse seating 618 and The Courtyard Studio, an intimate rehearsal and performance space that seats up to 90 patrons. The Link connects the Canberra Theatre and The Playhouse and includes exhibition and function areas. The Centre also has a comprehensive technical workshop, backstage and dressing room areas, and is fully equipped with up-to-date lighting and audio facilities.

Located centrally in Civic Square, Canberra Theatre Centre is the focal point for performing arts in Canberra and is often considered the heart of the city. The Canberra Theatre Centre was opened in 1965 and The Playhouse was rebuilt and opened again in 1998 with a gala concert.

Canberra Theatre Centre provides the city with the finest performing arts and the most diverse selection of entertainment from around the country including theatre, drama, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, all genres of music, musicals, puppetry and physical theatre. Through the use of The Courtyard Studio it also provides a performance space for many local theatre companies and performers.

Canberra Theatre Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the sponsors and funding bodies.
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  • How can I enjoy a concert without taking photos and upload it using Wi-Fi?. The "professionals" can, which I am not happy about. Seats are cramped, no pluggable wash basins, very expensive drinks...  more »
  • I attended the ballet Cinderella by the Queensland Ballet Company. The production was excellent. My main criticism of the Canberra Theatre is that they allow late comers into the theatre when the...  more »
  • Went to see Swan Lake as the Russian Imperial Ballet was in town for one night only. The stage is a little small so it was obvious the whole troupe did not fit. However, the Russian Imperial...  more »
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  • This Centre is an asset to Canberra. A sprawling building, with huge foyers, and seared venue. Great parking next to the Centre. Have visited a number of times with a touring band and the facilities are pretty good, with great loading/unloading access. Situated next to town. A good venue.
  • Generally a great venue but sometimes let down but not having enough staff rostered on, often leading to long queues at the bar in intermission and prior to events beginning. Limited food available (cheese and crackers, convenience store style prepackaged sandwiches). Would be great if there were a dedicated cafe/bar setup like the Street Theatre.
  • The theatre itself is nice. Seating is very comfortable and no matter where you sit you have a good view of the stage. We saw The Empire Strips Back and absolutely loved it. I can't comment on the food or beverages because we didn't have any but the staff were very nice and helpful, parking was easy and convenient, and the show was extremely well done and amazing. There was really only one complaint but it's not relevant to this review because it was about the obnoxious, intoxicated men in front of us so it's no reflection on the establishment at all. Very nice theatre to go to if there is ever a show you would like to see there. :)
  • The theatre was good. Saw the Illusionists, but the alcohol selection wasn't great, no Rum and coke at all, and the only Vodka (lime and soda) wasn't very nice. My friends also didn't like the beers they tried. I don't drink often, but when i go out to something like that its nice to have 1 or 2 but its a very limited selection.
  • Lovely, comfortable Multiplex cinema with many theatres showing a wide range of movies including Art House films and film festivals. There is an expansive bar, lovely snacks and cocktails in a lounge and delicious ice cream and popcorn. There is even a premium lounge and theatre. The big negative is the total lack of convenient and affordable parking which is a big turn off.

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