Theatre Royal, Hobart

Theatre Royal, Hobart

The Theatre Royal is situated in central Hobart, Tasmania. It stages many events including international ballet, opera, drama and musicals. It was constructed between 1834-1837 and is the oldest continually operating theatre in Australia.

Threat of demolition

The theatre survived despite several times when demolition was planned. In the 1940's Sir Laurence Olivier spoke passionately to Tasmanians and urged them to "never let it go". Noel Coward also played the Theatre Royal.


A fire threatened the Theatre Royal with closure. Smoke damage affected all the furniture and the paintings on the ceiling of famous musicians & composers. One painting was found in the "Royal Box" that was the only survivor of these paintings. This painting is now in a display case in the foyer of the theatre. All the artworks had to be repainted and new furniture was installed. It took several years for the theatre to re-open.

Fred the Ghost

Many local residents of Hobart have reported that a ghost of a former actor at the Theatre Royal makes appearances. Frequently, in Double B, but also backstage. 'Fred', the ghost, was allegedly killed during a fight at the former theatre Inn (now the basement).

External links

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