Malthouse upgrade to boost outdoor shows 

04 May 2022

Melbourne’s iconic Malthouse Theatre will be upgraded, enlivening the Southbank arts precinct and providing Victorians access to a wider range of outdoor performances.

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With a total investment of $4.6 million, the upgrade will secure the successful Outdoor Stage as an annual fixture on the Malthouse Theatre’s calendar, while improving conditions and comfort for patrons and helping to preserve the historic Southbank building.

Supported by the Victorian Government and Sidney Myer Fund, the Outdoor Stage has been a popular addition to the theatre’s offering, with more than 25,000 people attending 80 live music, comedy and cabaret performances and literary events in the past two years.

Building works will begin in June and the stage will be ready to welcome audiences in time for the Malthouse’s 2022/23 summer season.

Audiences will enjoy a refurbished foyer and easier access to facilities including a resurfaced courtyard and a redesigned bar to provide better service to outdoor crowds.

Infrastructure works will allow more ambitious performances with new lighting, stage footings and an outdoor tech-desk – while artists will be supported with upgrades to the Malthouse workshop, providing a dedicated green room for the Outdoor Stage.

Works will also rejuvenate the iconic Southbank building with restorative works and upgrades to include replacement of the roof.

The improvements will bolster the broad appeal of the Melbourne Arts Precinct while providing long-term benefits to Malthouse along with its creative neighbours, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and Chunky Move.