15 Jul 2011
The State Government has completed the significant restoration work on the facade of the heritage listed His Majesty’s Theatre.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the $2million restoration had been essential for safety reasons.
“With this significant restoration and upgrade, His Majesty’s Theatre will continue to be part of Perth’s cultural life for many, many years,” Mr Day said.
“As the only working Edwardian theatre in Australia, the meticulous facade restoration was vital to ensure the theatre’s future viability and its preservation as a heritage building.
“The facade’s condition was poor and extensive work was necessary on many intricate features such as the flowers where special moulds had to be taken from the originals.”
The Minister said an important feature of the restoration had been the rebuilding of several of the beautiful ‘Juliet’ balconies which front Hay Street.
“This work has been painstakingly undertaken by artisan plasterers using centuries-old techniques but incorporating modern methods,” he said.
Mr Day said internal works had also recently been undertaken at His Majesty’s Theatre including the installation of a new goods hoist.
His Majesty’s Theatre is owned by the State Government and is managed by the Perth Theatre Trust.