The Sydney Opera House is ready for its makeover, with the Joan Sutherland Theatre the first performance venue to go under the knife.
The seven-month, $45 million JST upgrade, self-funded by the Sydney Opera House, includes a quieter and safer flying system, new bridge for rigging lights and the replacement of the 50-year-old ‘engine’ on the grid deck.
The NSW government has committed a further $26 million to the JST renewal, particularly for improved accessibility, as part of a $228 million investment to the biggest upgrade of the iconic Opera House since 1973.
NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin on Wednesday said the closure of the “well-loved venue” is to ensure it will “continue to inspire and delight audience for many years to come.”
The theatre’s curtains will close on The Australian Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker on May 20 and reopen with an Opera Australia show in December.