Belvoir St Theatre

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Belvoir St Theatre
LocationBelvoir Street, Surry Hills,
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
TypeIndoor theatre
Seating typeReserved

Belvoir St Theatre is a theatre in Sydney, New South Wales. The theatre in Belvoir Street, Surry Hills and is the home of the theatre company Belvoir. It contains a 300-seat Upstairs Theatre and an 80-seat Downstairs Theatre.

Converted from a former tomato sauce factory, the theatre opened in 1974 as the Nimrod Theatre for the Nimrod Theatre Company. The first production at the theatre was rock musical The Bacchoi.[1]

It was renamed as "'Belvoir St" in 1984 by Sue Hill and Chris Westwood when the building was purchased by a syndicate of people.[2] There are currently 600 owners,[3] including noted actors, directors, writers and performers Robyn Archer, Gillian Armstrong, Peter Carey, Judy Davis, Mel Gibson, Max Gillies, Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Patrick White, David Williamson, Neil Armfield, Michael Willesee and Colin Friels. Previous owners on the books have also included the late Dame Joan Sutherland, Ruth Cracknell, Gwen Plumb, Dorothy Hewett and Patrick White.

Renovations costing around $11.6 million commenced in 2005 and were delayed in 2006 with the discovery of asbestos in the building's roof.[4] The theatre reopened in October 2006 with the Sydney season of It Just Stopped by Stephen Sewell.[4]


  1. ^ "LIFE STYLE TALKING POINT New Nimrod Theatre opens". The Canberra Times. 48, (13, 774). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 5 June 1974. p. 18. Retrieved 20 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Cousins, Robert (2011-06-04). "Belvoir St: coming of age". The Australian. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  3. ^ "About". Belvoir St. Theatre. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  4. ^ a b Jinman, Richard (2006-07-26). "Asbestos in the roof the latest drama at Belvoir Street". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2014-08-05.

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Coordinates: 33°53′20″S 151°12′33″E / 33.88889°S 151.20917°E / -33.88889; 151.20917