Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty’s Theatre, or simply “The Maj”, was constructed in 1913 and is Adelaide’s oldest continuing performance theatre. Following the theatre’s $66m redevelopment undertaken by COX Architecture, The Maj now has a capacity of 1467 seats spread over 3 levels connected by two sweeping feature staircases. Its beautifully lavish backstage areas have increased in size and the venue now houses a rehearsal area that is as large as the stage itself.

Digilin is extremely proud to see its lighting and control products installed in many areas of the historic building, including the feature staircases, dressing rooms and bathrooms, backstage and in the venue’s many bars and connected elevators. HaloFlex is used extensively throughout the building, excellently complementing its flowing shapes and COX’s ‘Ribbon’ concept, which informed its interior design response. This is particularly apparent in the feature stairs and surrounding areas, where HaloFlex is used to contour the underside of the staircases and the ceiling edges. Warm colour temperatures are used throughout the venue, working beautifully with its interior materials to create an intimate, enchanting atmosphere.

Digilin’s specialist engineering capabilities were also relied upon to develop a unique linear lighting system for The Maj’s backstage. Our engineering team custom developed a linear strip fitted with both blue and white LEDs for installation into our Surface 75 profile, which was then connected to our two channel DALI driver. The result is a system that can be switched between high output 3000K white light for general illumination and deep blue low-level light for when performances are underway, which provides backstage operators with enough light to move around without interfering with shows.

“The Maj is truly a world class theatre, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology, the widest proscenium arch and deepest fly tower of any commercial theatre in Australia, and a rehearsal room the same size as the stage itself. The building has also been designed to allow for greater patron accessibility, bars and amenities on every level, plus stunning views of the Adelaide Hills and city surrounds from the upper levels.” – Adelaide Festival Centre

We congratulate our partner HI Lighting SA, COX Architecture and all others involved in this incredible project.

To explore this incredible venue, learn more about its history and of course, check out the incredible lighting – watch Adelaide Festival Centre’s Her Majesty’s Theatre Virtual Tour.

Architecture: COX Architecture
Engineering: Aurecon
Construction: Hansen Yuncken
Distributor: HI Lighting SA