HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE: A JEWEL IN THE KING STREET CROWN
Home to the West Australian Ballet and Opera, His Majesty’s Theatre is believed to be the only remaining working Edwardian theatre in Australia, and is one of only two remaining His Majesty's Theatre's in the world.
Situated on the corner of King Street and Hay Street, Perth, the Edwardian Baroque theatre was the largest in Australia (when it opened on Christmas Eve in 1904) and known for its excellent acoustics. Over its first 70 years of life, His Majesty's played host to the traditional Shakespearean plays, opera, political rallies, boxing matches and movie screenings.
A jewel in the King Street crown, the Theatre has been renovated numerous times, most notably in the late 1970s when the State Government purchased it and performed an ornamental – but modern – restoration. Borrowing architectural elements from the 19th Century theatres of England and Europe, His Majesty's has become one of Western Australia's most-loved heritage icons and premier theatres.
The importance of His Majesty's Theatre to the cultural fabric of Western Australia has been recognised by its inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Places and the Register of the National Estate. It has also been named a "State Heritage Icon" and has been graced by the presence of luminaries including Judy Garland in 1964 and, most recently, Academy Award winner and Australian actor, Geoffrey Rush.
His Majesty’s Theatre is currently abuzz with its Cabaret Soirée, running now until 11th October. A captivating mix of talented local and national performers will be playing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, inspired by the likes of Jim Morrison, Annie Lennox, Sophie Tucker, and more.
For those loyal to the barre, the West Australian Ballet will be transporting its audience into an enchanting fairytale world with their performance of Snow White. With breathtaking, picture-book inspired scenery and costumes, the magic of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs will captivate all the family.
With such a richly cultured and colourful history, His Majesty’s Theatre has played host to a hive of performance genres and large-scale events - from ballet to contemporary dance, opera to musical theatre, to stand-up comedy and Shakespearean drama. With a unique history that’s as colourful and exciting as its future, His Majesty’s Theatre has contributed significantly to the ongoing cultural development of Western Australia’s performing arts scene.
Visit the His Majesty’s Theatre website for more information and an up-to-date guide as to what’s on.
His Majesty’s Theatre
825 Hay St, Perth 6000
Phone: 08 9265 0900