About the Theatre Royal

Opening in 1837, Hobart’s Theatre Royal has been the home of contemporary theatre in Tasmania for more than 185 years and is Australia’s oldest working theatre. This 700-seat national treasure occupies an important place in the hearts of Tasmanians and many visitors to Hobart.

Since 2020, the Theatre Royal has occupied The Hedberg, a world class performing arts precinct in the heart of Hobart, Tasmania. The facility is shared with the University of Tasmania and was the result of a collaborative partnership between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments, the University of Tasmania, and the Theatre Royal. It incorporates the original Theatre Royal building into a contemporary multi-use performing arts facility. These new spaces  - including three levels of foyers and bars, and a new 285-seat Studio Theatre, have provided many new opportunities for audiences to engage with the performing arts.

Tasmanian design studio Liminal Architecture partnered with internationally renowned Singaporean architects WOHA to design The Hedberg, which is named after the Hedberg Brothers Garage that was built on the site in 1925.

Every year, the Theatre Royal curates an annual season of contemporary performance and events, which aims to present high calibre experiences for our audiences. 

The Hedberg stands on the lands of the Muwinina and Palawa people.

For more information on our journey watch here.