Theatres opened, threatened and revealed

As one theatre reopens, others are under threat. Elsewhere, plans for the country’s biggest regional arts centre are revealed.

More than just performing arts venues, theatres can be rallying points for the community, as well as social and architectural assets.

This week saw celebrations as a much-missed Sydney theatre was officially reopened, while two other theatres are under threat. Elsewhere, plans for the country’s biggest regional arts centre have also revealed, pulling an emphasis on the value of theatre.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts