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New Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre to be named Sydney Coliseum Theatre
Set to open in December, the new Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre at the West HQ precinct in Rooty Hill is to be known as the Sydney Coliseum Theatre.
The $100 million theatre development - seen as a magnificent new addition to Western Sydney’s cultural landscape and to Australia’s live performance industry - now shares its name with a distinctive group of the world’s grand theatres.
West HQ Chief Executive Richard Errington today formally revealed the name and its significance for the region, stating “the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ has been a 10-year journey for us from inception to build and it’s amazing to see our vision coming to life.
“We strongly believed that Greater Western Sydney deserved a truly world-class theatre and we are excited to be delivering a venue of which our whole city can be proud.
“The West HQ destination has been undergoing incredible transformation over the past year with the addition of a series of exciting dining brands that will make West HQ home including Chu by China Doll, Pizzaperta by Manfredi, Steak & Oyster Co by Sean Connolly, Chur Burger and Gelatissimo with other exciting dining choices to be announced.
“With the addition of Sydney Coliseum Theatre to our existing businesses we have become the leading entertainment, fitness, lifestyle and accommodation destination in Greater Western Sydney.”
In anticipation of opening program announcements, the site has been a hive of activity with the industry’s top producers and promoters visiting the site, along with Australia’s major arts companies, many of whom have been quick to support opportunity coming to the region.
Sydney Coliseum Theatre Executive Director, Craig McMaster advised “we are pleased to be answering a need to create an architecturally beautiful and technically superior lyric theatre in Western Sydney. Sydney Coliseum Theatre will stand proudly amongst the great theatrical and entertainment venues of the world and will offer both audiences and performers a welcoming, premium experience.
“We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from producers and promoters who have been blown away by the scale, quality and amenity of the building, many of whom have already secured performance dates in 2020. We look forward to soon announcing our opening shows and foundation partners – a select group of Australia’s leading producers and organisations that share in our vision of bringing the best in entertainment and the arts to Greater Western Sydney’s 2.3 milllion residents.”
Recent visitors to the site have included the leadership and technical teams from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and market leading theatre producers John Frost, Michael Cassel, Louise Withers and Christopher Green.
The state-of-the-art venue will be able to present full-scale Broadway musicals, symphony orchestras, ballet performances, live contemporary music, comedy and family entertainment. Equipped with a full fly system, unique retractable seating and outstanding sight-lines, the theatre will be the first venue in Greater Western Sydney capable of hosting productions previously only staged in the CBD.
Following her recent tour of the venue, Chief Commissioner of Greater Sydney Commission Lucy Turnbull, commented “I really enjoyed my visit to the site of the future Sydney Coliseum Theatre. It will be an important and much needed additional cultural asset to Western Sydney.”
The Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s world-class capability and economic significance was also called out by David Borger, Director of Western Business Chamber, who commented “Western Sydney is crying out for more theatre and arts space. We know that our residents enjoy the arts and according to our joint report with Deloitte on the cultural arts economy, Western Sydney households spent $232 million directly at museums, art galleries, live theatre, music concerts and cultural activities in 2011.
“By 2036, they will spend more at cultural venues and events than households in Eastern Sydney, so there is certainly a significant appetite for more local and iconic arts facilities in the region.”
West HQ is planning to make a series of announcements on headlining acts for the theatre’s grand opening in December in June.
The Sydney Coliseum Theatre is scheduled to open to the public in December 2019.
Images, including the view of the Sydney Coliseum Theatre under construction (below), courtesy of West HQ.
16th October 2018 - Consultation suggests closer scrutiny of Major Performing Arts Framework funding
1st August 2018 - Rooty Hill leisure precinct rebranded as West HQ
22nd November 2017 - Rooty Hill RSL to build largest performing arts centre in western Sydney
13th August 2015 - Rooty Hill RSL plans new $55 million entertainment centre
11th September 2014 - Live Performance Australia backs venue energy efficiency initiative
4th June 2014 - TIX buys Showbiz assets
11th September 2013 - Enta partners with Rooty Hill RSL
30th January 2013 - Industry experts to address Ticketing Professionals Conference
20th April 2012 - Rooty Hill RSL develops major aquatic and gymnastics facility
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