- $6.5 million allocated for refurbishment of His Majesty's Theatre
- Works include installation of orchestra pit lift and safety improvements at the venue
The refurbishment of His Majesty's Theatre is set to continue, following the McGowan Government's $6.5 million investment to maintain the world-class venue for opera, dance and theatre.
The 2018-19 State Budget includes funding for the installation of an orchestra pit lift to improve occupational health and safety at the venue.
The orchestra pit is currently opened and closed manually. When closed, additional seating normally stored under the stage is placed on top, increasing audience numbers.
The new lift will enable the floor to be automatically moved between the pit and auditorium levels.
His Majesty's public areas will also be improved, providing more hospitality opportunities and upgrades of the foyer areas.
The upgrades will assist in conserving its cultural significance, enhancing the conservation and preservation of the iconic building in the Perth central business district.
His Majesty's was built in 1904 and welcomes more than 100,000 visitors a year.
An auditorium upgrade was completed in 2017, which included upgrades and improvements to the seating, painting and carpet.
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"I'm proud to have the State's opera, ballet and symphony orchestra performing regularly at His Majesty's.
"The McGowan Government will continue to work to improve the venue for all who enter its doors.
"The Theatre has been at the centre of our cultural life for more than a century and we want to ensure that 100 years from now Western Australians are still enjoying it."
Minister's office - 6552 5400