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Theatre Royal

Dance, music and theater comes alive in this historic venue, constructed in the 1830s and saved from demolition several times by prominent figures such as Laurence Olivier.

Hobart’s Theatre Royal was once called by Noel Coward “a dream of a theatre”, and Sir Laurence Olivier told Tasmanians in the 1940s to “never let it go”. Located near Sullivan’s Cove, a short walk from trendy restaurants and historic taverns, this renowned institution is Australia’s oldest working theater.

The Royal was built among brothels, factories and housing in the 1830s; some of the building was made from convict-hewn stone. The beautiful dome, which features portraits of famous poets and composers, was added at the beginning of the 20th century. A smaller studio, the Backspace, was added during restorations in the 1980s and is now used for smaller, more intimate productions.

You can expect to find every form of performance here, from contemporary live music, to opera by the Theatre Royal Light Opera Company and international singers. Catch a circus or cabaret act, comedy and contemporary dance, or storytelling as only the theater can produce in these atmospheric surrounds.

Hear all the tall tales and history of the theatre on a 45-minute tour run by the Friends of the Theatre Royal. Walk onstage to see the theatre from the actors' view, and tour the changing rooms, including older ones used by Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh in the 1940s.

Learn about the famous actors and performers who have performed here over the years, from mime Marcel Marceau to Hugo Weaving (of The Matrix fame). It’s even rumored that the ghost of an actor lurks backstage. “Fred” was killed in a brawl in the bar that operated beneath the auditorium during the 19th century. There is a fee for the tours, which take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday when rehearsals are not taking place.


Check the theatre’s website to find out what’s playing on your visit to Hobart. The Theatre Royal is located in central Hobart.

There’s a pay parking lot nearby.


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ibis Styles Hobart

ibis Styles Hobart

173 Macquarie Street, Hobart
4.3
of 5, from 200 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Hobart, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. David's Cathedral, Markree House Museum and Garden, and Franklin Square. Australian Army Museum Tasmania and Parliament House are also within 10 minutes.

$118
Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

1 Macquarie St, Hobart
4.6
of 5, from 3,679 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$183
MACq 01 Hotel

MACq 01 Hotel

18 Hunter Street, Hobart
4.9
of 5, from 73 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hobart Cruise Terminal and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$122
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

1 Davey St, Hobart
4.6
of 5, from 4,133 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$204
Sullivans Cove Apartments

Sullivans Cove Apartments

Various Addresses, Hobart
4.6
of 5, from 572 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury apartment is steps from Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Constitution Dock. Mona Ferry Terminal and Hobart Aquatic Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$107
Rydges Hobart

Rydges Hobart

Cnr Argyle And Lewis St, North Hobart
3.9
of 5, from 769 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Hobart Oval, Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site, and St. Mary's Cathedral. Tasmanian Hockey Centre and Domain Tennis Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$109
Best Western Hobart

Best Western Hobart

156 Bathurst Street, Hobart
4.1
of 5, from 1,537 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Hobart, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of State Library of Tasmania and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$69
Argyle Accommodation

Argyle Accommodation

50 Argyle St, Hobart
4.0
of 5, from 18 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hobart Synagogue and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).