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Top 3 Theatres in Canberra For Live Shows

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published February 3rd 2017
Comedy, dance, music - try something new this Saturday night
There is nothing better than watching live theatre. When the lights dim and the spotlights are turned on, theatre-goers are swept away to another world and get caught up in the magic of live storytelling. The costumes, the sets, the talented actors, the complexity of the characters and the plot of the story - all come together to create a performance that you remember, long after you leave. Here in Canberra there are a number of theatres to watch a live performances, musicals or shows, which will capture the imagination of all ages. Why not skip the movies this weekend and support our local actors and artists at venues across the city. I can guarantee - once you see a live show, you will soon be booking your ticket to the next one!

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Image: Original photos from The Canberra Theatre Centre website and Facebook


1/ The Canberra Theatre Centre
is located in Civic Square, in the very heart of the city. It the largest and most popular venue in Canberra, with two large theatres which host touring national and international acts. There is the 1,244 seat Canberra Theatre and The Playhouse which seats 618 people. They also have The Courtyard Studio, a smaller performance space which seats up to 90 patrons. Both the Canberra Theatre and The Playhouse show children's shows, dance, comedy, drama and a host of contemporary productions to suit a variety of ages. On a personal note, I have been in both theatres for children's shows (Giggle and Hoot and the Gazillion Bubble Show) and although the Canberra Theatre was more comfortable in seating and space, they are both enjoyable venues to visit for any show. See here for What's On at the Canberra Theatre Centre this weekend.

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Children's show star Mr Maker in the Canberra Theatre. Source: Canberra Theatre Centre Facebook


2/ The Street Theatre is located further west in the CBD and is dedicated to contemporary arts. It is a smaller theatre, however this makes for a more intimate experience when watching a theatrical or musical performance. Another feature of this theatre, that was a surprise to me when I attended a show there recently, is that the seating is quite steep so that it doesn't matter where you sit, you can see everything on stage - and almost feel part of the performance. The acoustics are perfect for live music and the whole experience is intimate and mesmerising. See here for What's On this weekend.

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Seating inside The Street Theatre. Image: Original photos from The Street Theatre Facebook


3/ The Royal Theatre at the National Convention Centre is a more modern environment and attracts national and international touring musicians, in particular. Guy Sebastian, Jessica Maubouy, Santana, Rob Thomas, Pete Murray and Jason Derulo have performed here on their national tours, rather than selling out the GIO stadium or larger venues. The Royal Theatre holds over 2,000 people. See here for What's On this weekend.

As well as these larger venues, there are also passionate smaller theatres, bringing local talent to the stage in different styles of theatre, dance and contemporary performance. See the websites for the Canberra Repertory Society, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra Philharmonic Society, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, The Phoenix Players and Ickle Pickle Productions. For something different, Teatro Vivaldi at the ANU Arts Centre, is a theatrical restaurant where you enjoy dinner as well as a live performance.

With so many choices on offer around the city - where will you be laughing, tapping your feet or rocking out this Saturday night?

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Jason Derulo at the Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre. Image: Original photos from National Convention Centre Facebook and website

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Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, Canberra
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