Below is a list of the top and leading Theatres in Brisbane. To help you find the best Theatres located near you in Brisbane, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Brisbane’s Best Theatres:
The top rated Theatres in Brisbane are:
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
- Brisbane Arts Theatre
- Princess Theatre
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Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Queensland Performing Arts Centre, also known as QPAC, is part of the Queensland Cultural Centre and is located on the corner of Melbourne Street and Grey Street in Brisbane’s South Bank precinct. QPAC was designed by local architect Robin Gibson in the mid-1970s, after State Cabinet formally recognised in 1972 the need for a new Queensland Art Gallery and a new major performing arts centre, in addition to a new location for the Queensland Museum and State Library. It was opened by the Duke of Kent in 1985.
QPAC is one of Australia’s leading centres for live performance, welcoming over 1.5 million visitors to more than 1,300 performances annually.
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“Easily accessible performing arts centre in the middle of the city. Can count on it having a good show anytime. The staff is very friendly and always there and eager to help. The food court has some good standard options, so can grab a quick bite or a full dinner before the show starts. I’ve see a couple of shows here all of them were good. Acoustics are great too. The cultural center bus station is right next so don’t really have to worry about getting home after a late show too.” – Chris E.
Brisbane Arts Theatre
Brisbane Arts Theatre is an iconic independent theatre company. They produce engrossing, high quality, accessible theatre. They educate emerging Brisbane artists and future industry professionals. Their people inspire their fun, creative and innovative culture.
Established in 1936, the 80-year-old theatre company has been the city’s gateway theatre for decades. Their key goal to provide accessible theatre for Brisbane audiences has translated to accessibility in price, accessibility in the types of productions we stage and accessibility through the welcoming and intimate atmosphere at our iconic 50-year-old venue on Petrie Terrace.
Throughout our history, Brisbane Arts Theatre has served as the gateway to performing arts careers, not just for those on stage, but also for those behind the scenes. The list of legends of stage and screen who began their journey on the Arts Theatre’s stage is vast. Shane Porteous, Russell Dykstra, Kate Foy, Jennifer Flowers, Anna McGahan, Lucas Stibbard and the late and dearly missed Carol Burns are just some of the household names, while an extraordinary number of technicians have gone onto professional careers in lighting, sound and set design.
In 2017, Brisbane Arts Theatre produced four seasons: a diverse mainhouse season, a season of our iconic children’s theatre, a touring season and a special early-week parody season. The theatre company owns the performance complex on Petrie Terrace.
They also offer nationally recognised, fully accredited training in theatre technical operations, in addition to structured acting workshops for both adults and youth. The Arts Theatre has been a training ground for many performers who have gone on to professional careers, including Jennifer Flowers, Carol Burns, Shane Porteous, Bernard King and many others, while their children’s theatre division has offered many young people a chance to perform on stage before they attend university or step into the world of professional theatre. Many of their regular actors have gone onto dramatic degrees at QUT, USQ and NIDA.
Shows and Theater acts, Accredited Courses, Acting Workshops, Youth Workshops
“Amateur talent. Great for kids, excellent value. The actors and actresses are very friendly and sign autographs after the show. Seats are comfy and venue is adequate for use. We like to see a show 1-2 times per year if only to show support, but nearly every show is a full house, which makes us happy.” – Roald Strand
Princess Theatre is a stunning and well-appointed historical building in the heart of Woolloongabba. This prestigious venue can host many types of events including weddings ceremonies and receptions, fundraisers, private parties, theatre productions, film and photoshoots and corporate seminars and functions.
It was designed by John Nicholson and built in 1888 for local landowner and solicitor Phillip Hardgrave. Originally named South Brisbane Public Hall this entrepreneurial venture was designed to provide the rapidly expanding South Brisbane and East Brisbane corridor with a beautiful venue that would become the perfect location for theatre, lectures, balls, musical performances and other public meetings.
In 1893, Phillip Hardgrave sold the property to his father and former Mayor John Hardgrave and it was at that time that the venue was renamed the Princess Theatre. As the years rolled by the Princess Theatre was brought and sold several times over and experienced a number of different incarnations which included being used for a several years as a clothing factory, a movie house and also to host the rehearsals and administration for the US Entertainment Unit during World War II. Despite it’s other occupants the Princess Theatre was used extensively from 1912 through the end of the World War II to screen movies and news reels. What commenced with silent movies and the likes of Charlie Chaplin evolved over the years into black and white talkies and then on to technicolour.
However, the cinematic heyday of the Princess Theatre would not last and between 1949 and 1985 the Princess Theatre was closed to the public and became the home of various small businesses, which included a rag merchant, a secondhand dealer, a paper wholesaler, and an engineering firm. Between 1948 and 1979 the entire stage and back stage area was leased to a printing firm.
Since 1985 the Princess Theatre has sort to keep her doors open to the public so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of this heritage listed venue. In more recent years the Princess Theatre has experienced an extensive refurbishment, which included the painting of the theatre and the proscenium arch that spectacularly frames the main stage, new carpet, polished floors, new lighting and other capital works have breathed new life into this magnificent historical building.
The Princess Theatre is open for business and is the perfect venue to host for anyone’s upcoming event.
Music and Performing Arts, Private and Corporate Functions, Weddings
“Nice space! I attended a dance class there, it was comfortable and the space felt like it had a soul.” – Lolita M.
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