Theatre Royal, Sydney

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Theatre Royal
Address 108 King Street
MLC Centre
Owner MLC Centre
Operator Ambassador Theatre Group
Capacity 1,180
Current use Broad range of entertainment
Opened 1827
Closed 2016
Rebuilt 1976
Architect Barnett Levey

Coordinates: 33°52′05″S 151°12′32″E / 33.868°S 151.2088°E / -33.868; 151.2088

The Theatre Royal in Sydney is Australia's oldest theatrical institution. Sydney's original Theatre Royal was built in 1827 behind the Royal Hotel, by Barnett Levey, whose widow sold it to Joseph Wyatt, owner of the Royal Victoria Theatre in 1838; it burned to the ground in 1840. The name was dormant for 35 years until 1875 when a new Theatre Royal was built in Castlereagh Street on the corner of Rowe Street, adjacent to the Australia Hotel. In 1971-2 the theatre along with much of the block on which it was situated, was demolished to construct the MLC Centre. Action by construction unions forced the developer Lend Lease to incorporate a replacement theatre into the design. The current Theatre Royal opened in 1976 in the MLC Centre at 108 King Street between Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street. It seats 1,180 and offers a broad range of entertainment including dramas, comedy, and musicals. As of October 2016 it is unclear if the theatre will reopen after being closed for refurbishment. [1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Theatre Royal". Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Theatre Royal". Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Theatre Royal". Retrieved 2008-07-23. 

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