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Southbank Theatre

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Designed by the multi-award winning ARM Architecture, the Theatre opened in 2009 and contains two performance spaces, the Sumner and the Lawler.

About Southbank Theatre

As the principal home of Melbourne Theatre Company, Southbank Theatre hosts MTC’s annual season of up to 12 plays and other events such as the Cybec Electric play readings series and Education performances.

Designed by the multi-award winning ARM Architecture, the Theatre opened in 2009 and contains two performance spaces, the Sumner and the Lawler, as well as bars, function rooms, foyers and extensive backstage facilities. Located in the Southbank Theatre building, the Sumner is a state-of-the-art 500-seat venue offering the most advanced stage technology and a level of intimacy not previously seen in Australia. Named after MTC's first Artistic Director, John Sumner, the Sumner has been designed to provide comfort and excellent stage views for all the audience, with a flexible stage that allows MTC to present the entire gamut of theatre – from large scale spectacles down to tightly-focused dramatic performances. The Lawler is a flexible space with seating for 150 people, perfect for performances on an intimate scale. MTC’s focus for the space is to produce more works of an experimental, cutting-edge and developmental nature, as well as presenting regular play readings of new works by emerging playwrights.
Southbank, VIC 3006
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