La Boite is one of the longest running theatre companies in Australia. The company was formed in 1925 as the Brisbane Repertory Theatre Society, and became the La Boite Company after gaining a purpose built roundhouse theatre in 1972 (boite being French for box). In 2004, the company moved to its current Kelvin Grove location. The company hosts amateur and professional performances by local and international talent.
The main stage is a four hundred seat theatre that hosts a variety of acts. The productions here are generally more mainstream – shows for 2011 include a modern retelling of Julius Caeser and Ruben Guthrie, a comedy starring Brendan Cowell and Gyton Grantley.
La Boite Indie presents four works, each running for three weeks, in the smaller Roundhouse Theatre. The theatre is provided rent free to independent theatre companies in an effort to promote and support independent works in Brisbane.
La Boite Scratch gives the audience the opportunity to see how theatrical works develops. Ten productions in their early stages of formation are performed in the La Boite Rehearsal Room. Audience members are then asked to provide feedback.
A range of workshops, classes and internships are provided as part of the La Boite Learning and Participation program. These initiatives cover the artistic and professional aspects of theatre development.
For pre and post show refreshment, the Dancing Bean Espresso Bar is a fully licensed bar that opens one hour before and after shows.
The La Boite Theatre Company provides a variety of options for theatre buffs.