THE two-year refurbishment of His Majesty’s Theatre has been completed.
The WA government put $6.5 million in the ‘18/19 budget for the works, including a new automated orchestra pit lift, new acoustic treatments, better air-conditioning that won’t interfere with sound quality, new accessible toilets, a new staircase straight from Hay Street rather than the old in-and-around snaking patron flow.
The new “Crew and King” Cafe is now also open this week, delayed only slightly by Covid-19 restrictions.
A new bar and foyer space in the space that used to hold the Museum of Performing Arts “will continue to showcase some of the beautiful items” from the enormous collection, according to a government media statement.
Built 1904 at the time of King Edward VII, it’s the only remaining Edwardian theatre in the southern hemisphere, and is on both the state register of heritage places and the Register of the National Estate.
Arts and heritage minister David Templeman said “The Maj is such a unique asset and it is important that the state continues to look after her for the people of Western Australia.”