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New performing arts venue for Brisbane

In May 2018, the Queensland Government announced its commitment of $125 million over four years to deliver a new $150 million theatre for Brisbane, to be located on the Playhouse Green site at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). QPAC will also contribute $25 million towards the new theatre.

About the project

Investment in a new theatre responds to the recommendations of the detailed business case, commissioned in 2016, for a 1500-1700 seat theatre operated by QPAC at this site. 

The new theatre presents the unique opportunity to create Queensland’s largest performing arts centre, with five outstanding venues that will further bolster Queensland’s cultural vibrancy, support our local arts sector and drive cultural tourism.

QPAC schedules over 1000 performances annually and welcomed 1.3 million people in 2017. The new theatre offers the potential to host an additional 300,000 visitors each year when it is fully operational from 2022.

Work is well underway to progress the new theatre.

An independent expert panel, with expertise in heritage, design, architecture, and theatre operation, has been established to provide advice on the design and construction of the new theatre.

A design competition will be undertaken to ensure an exemplary design solution is achieved for the new theatre. A high-quality design that is sympathetic both internally and externally to the existing original architectural intent of QPAC, yet contributes as a distinct structure for the precinct, is a key project objective.

The design for the theatre within the Heritage Listed Queensland Cultural Centre, will also be guided by the Conservation Management Plan, which was commissioned by Arts Queensland and developed by heritage consultants in 2017.

Expected timeline

  • Expression of Interest (EOI) for Principal design consultant: closed 14 December 2018
  • Shortlisted Principal Designed Consultants announced: January 2019
  • Design Tender released in January 2019 to shortlisted Design Consultants: Closes March 2019
  • Announcement of Principal Design Consultant for the new theatre: April 2019
  • Concept design development (Predesign and refinement of project brief):  April – May 2019
  • Release of concept design: June 2019
  • Project completion: late 2022

To register for any updates on the new theatre project, or for any queries, please email