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Canberra Theatre Centre


Canberra Theatre Centre (CTC) is Canberra’s premier performing arts venue, providing world class performing arts and entertainment to the people of Canberra and surrounding regions.

Annually, the Canberra Theatre Centre presents a Subscription Season featuring some of the best performing arts from Australia and overseas.

High quality productions for school group and children are presented in order to engage with the youth of Canberra and create a strong, vital and educated theatre-goer for the future.

Canberra Theatre Centre partners with the Canberra Youth Theatre in its Youth Ambassador program, which provides opportunities for Year 11-12 students to view a wide variety of theatrical productions and in return act as Arts Ambassadors within their school and peer groups.

The venue

Canberra Theatre Centre is in the heart of Canberra's CBD and comprises of three theatre spaces; Canberra Theatre, The Playhouse and Courtyard Studio.

Canberra Theatre

  • is a proscenium arch theatre seating 1,244 patrons in one raked tier.
  • opened in June 1965 and has since maintained its reputation as the premier performing arts venue in Canberra.
  • housed major presenting companies such as The Australian Opera and Sydney Dance Company, as well as international acts, comedy, popular music and family entertainment.

The Playhouse

  • seats 618 people on three levels.
  • design is based on Grecian and Elizabethan architectural principles offering superb sight lines from all three levels while maintaining an intimate atmosphere.
  • traditionally housed respected companies such as Bell Shakespeare Company and is a popular venue for comedy, drama, music and dance.

The Courtyard Studio

  • Canberra Theatre Centre’s boutique, studio performance space that doubles as the perfect venue for rehearsals, entertaining, corporate functions/meetings, exhibition space, and as an intimate performance space.
  • can seat up to 90 people comfortably for a performance.


The Canberra Theatre Centre offers a number of access and special assistance services. Please click this link for more information


Where does the bus drop us/collect us? At the front of Civic Square, between the Legislative Assembly and the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG).

When can we park? If students coming to the theatre are arriving by private car, we suggest the car parks on either side of Canberra Theatre or The Playhouse. Please bring lots of change as parking is expensive and the parking inspectors are vigilant. Disabled parking is located at the rear of The Link foyer and in both car parks.


There is a bar offering beverages and snacks in the Link Foyer. Water in plastic containers are permitted in the auditorium. All other food and drink must remain in your bag. If there is room, packed lunches and snacks can be consumed in the foyer areas. Weather permitting, packed lunches can be consumed on the steps leading up to the theatre or in Civic Square.

Other attractions

The Civic Library - next door to CTC, Civic Square
The Canberra Museum & Gallery - next door to CTC, Civic Square
The Legislative Assembly - next door to CTC, Civic Square
Elections ACT - next door to CTC, Civic Square
The National Gallery of Australia - 10 minutes drive
The National Portrait Gallery - 10 minutes drive
The National Library of Australia - 10 minutes drive
Questacon - 10 minutes drive
The National Museum of Australia - 15 minutes drive
The National Archives of Australia - 10 minutes drive
Old Parliament House - 10 minutes drive
The Museum of Australian Democracy - 10 minutes drive
Parliament House - 15 minutes drive


Civic Square
Canberra City ACT 2601

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