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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House
  • Arts & Culture
$71 million
  • Project Management,
  • project advisory

The Sydney Opera House is currently being renewed to ensure it is fit for purpose for current and future generations.

Project Overview

Root Partnerships were involved in the Renewal of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, the first major project in the Opera House’s Renewal program and required the venue to close from May 2017 to December 2017. During this closure, changes to the theatre included:

  • A new theatre flying system that is faster, quieter, safer and more reliable;
  • Improved grid deck providing a more flexible system of hoists and a clearer, more open work area;
  • Partial replacement of the auditorium lighting, a new sound console and followspot room;
  • Upgraded orchestra pit and the installation of a state-of-the-art acoustic enhancement system to better distribute orchestral sound around the JST and improve playing conditions for musicians; and
  • Six additional female toilets to better service audience members.

Works on a number of accessibility upgrades were completed through 2018, including a new passageway and lift in the Northern Foyer to provide greater accessibility to all levels of the Northern Foyer and to better support less mobile patrons in accessing the theatre’s circle seating.

Our Role

Root Partnerships has two people seconded into the Sydney Opera House Program Management Office. This includes a Project Director and a Project Manager who supported the Renewal of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

Key Challenge

The Sydney Opera House is a World Heritage-listed building, and a symbol of modern Australia. It is the nation’s premier tourism destination and one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres. Root Partnerships’ team was committed to providing expert advice and attention-to-detail to ensure that a project of this size and profile ran smoothly and successfully.

Photo credit: Daniel Boud