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28 July 2022

Dear Canberra Theatre Centre supporters,

Today heralds the start of an exciting journey for the Canberra Theatre Centre, and I wanted you, our valued audience, to be among the first to hear the news.  ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr & Arts Minister, Tara Cheyne have announced this morning funding of $28.44 million, in order to commence a major component of works, including detailed designs for the expansion of the Canberra Theatre Centre, including a new major theatre.  The project will be the largest undertaken at the Canberra Theatre Centre since its construction in 1965.

While we are most proud of all that we present to you in our current venues – including remarkable companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre, who open Terrain at Canberra Theatre Centre tonight – there are limits to the scale of productions that visit Canberra due to the limitations of our stages, and the size of our auditoriums.  A new major theatre of approximately 2,000 seats will revolutionise the productions and events that we can produce and present to you.  I trust it will deepen your engagement with arts and culture in your city, and be an important contributor to the creative life of our capital.

Meanwhile, I encourage you to explore our website, and find yet another reason to visit us soon! Our diverse program of performances will continue throughout the planning and construction stages of the expansion. I look forward to sharing regular updates with you as we commence this journey, and hope that many of you will engage in broad-ranging consultations that will take place during this first stage of the project.

Kind regards,

Alex Budd
Director, Canberra Theatre Centre


Find out more about how the ACT Government is investing in arts facilities as part of the 2022-23 ACT Budget.