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In May 2018, the Queensland Government announced it would invest $125 million over four years to deliver a new $150 million theatre on the Playhouse Green site co-located with and operated by QPAC. QPAC will also contribute $25 million towards the project.


The New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV) will deliver a minimum 1500 seat theatre to meet existing audience and producer demand and support continued growth of performing arts in Queensland.


QPAC schedules over 1300 performances annually and welcomed a record attendance of 1.5 million people in 2017/18.


The new theatre offers the potential to host an additional 300,000 visitors each year when it is fully operational.

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The new theatre will be of a high-quality design that is sympathetic to the existing original architectural intent of QPAC, yet contributes as a distinct structure for the precinct.

In January 2019, the Queensland Government announced the five shortlisted Principal Design Consultants following a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) late last year. The shortlisted teams comprise a mix of leading local, national and international expertise and are listed below:

Design teams participated in a six week competitive design tender process to prepare initial concept designs for the new theatre. This period has now closed.

Design of the new theatre will be guided by the Conservation Management Plan, commissioned by Arts Queensland and developed by heritage consultants in 2017.

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

The Principal Design Consultant and concept design will be announced mid 2019.

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The new theatre will:

Meet growing audience and tourism demand
Meet demand for greater access to Brisbane venues
Grow a range of performing arts experiences in Brisbane
Strengthen Brisbane’s cultural tourism offering
Support population growth
Create new employment opportunities
Showcase Queensland’s home grown talent


Work is well underway to progress the new theatre



The site of the new theatre is the Playhouse Green at QPAC on the corner of Grey and Russell Street, South Brisbane

The new theatre will be co-located with QPAC as its fifth performing arts venue




Construction of the new theatre will be delivered using a two-staged managing contractor model
The Queensland Government is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for managing contractor services for the new theatre.


Latest news

16 Mar 2019

Stage is set to secure contractor to build new theatre

The Palaszczuk Government has called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a managing contractor to oversee the development of the new $150 million theatre at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) that will support more than 100 jobs during construction. READ MORE
29 Jan 2019

Design consultants shortlist for new theatre

A $150 million new theatre for QPAC is one step closer, with the announcement of a shortlist of firms that will participate in a design competition. READ MORE
27 May 2018

New Theatre to deliver more performing arts for Queenslanders

The Palaszczuk Government will deliver a new $150 million state of the art theatre for Brisbane as part of next month’s State Budget. READ MORE


Delivery of the theatre is being managed by the Queensland Government’s Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) Project Delivery Team on behalf of QPAC and Arts Queensland.
The Queensland Government has committed $125 million for the $150 million new theatre, with QPAC contributing $25 million.
QPAC’s two large theatres, the Lyric and the Playhouse, are nearing full capacity with a strong forward program of bookings to 2022 and beyond. The new theatre will meet larger audience demand and grow the number of performing arts experiences available in Brisbane.

The Queensland Government is committed to design excellence and recognises the importance of well-designed buildings, spaces and places.

Following the announcement of the EOI shortlist, design teams participated in a competitive design tender process. The successful Principal Design Consultant and concept design will be announced mid 2019.

The design for the new theatre within the Heritage Listed Queensland Cultural Centre, will be guided by the Conservation Management Plan, commissioned by Arts Queensland and developed by heritage consultants in 2017.
Construction of the new theatre will be undertaken by a Managing Contractor. Subject to approvals, early works for construction will commence in 2020. It is expected construction will take up to two years.
The new theatre is due for completion in late 2022.
The new theatre will be co-located with QPAC and operated by QPAC.