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2024 Melbourne Season
Important information regarding our 2024 Melbourne Season
In 2024, the Melbourne’s Arts Precinct Transformation will gain momentum and The Australian Ballet will be the last company to perform in the State Theatre in March 2024 before it closes for three years.
During this renovation period, The Australian Ballet will temporarily move from the State Theatre to the historic Regent Theatre – in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
All Melbourne Principal Packages and seats are NEW. No seats have been reserved or held for our 2024 Season. It will be a fresh start for all subscribers until we return to the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne.
The Regent Theatre
The historic Regent Theatre, a Melbourne landmark since 1929, underwent a significant refurbishment in 2019.
Located at 191 Collins Street and now with increased capacity and upgraded amenities, it continues to host world-renowned theatre productions, including Disney's The Lion King, We Will Rock You, Wicked, King Kong's world premiere, Love Never Dies, Hairspray, and Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
The Regent Theatre’s seating plan and reserve zones will be different to the State Theatre. All Season Packages at the Regent Theatre will be new.
In order to have a full live orchestra performing, a number of rows in the stalls will be removed and space will be constructed for the orchestra in front of the stage.
The reserves have been applied accordingly and we have carefully designed a bespoke seating plan and a range of new Season Packages for the Regent Theatre. Given the changes to some of the sightlines, it is not feasible to renew currently held seats at the State Theatre into Season Packages at the Regent Theatre.
Regent Principal Packages will be released for sale by tenure in November 2023.
Regent Principal Packages will be released to current Principal Package subscribers first, starting with those who have continuously held a package for the longest period, as well as our most dedicated philanthropic supporters. All other customers will have the opportunity to purchase a Principal Package from 28 November.
Current Principal Package subscribers have received their priority access dates for Regent Principal Packages. You can check your priority access dates by logging into your account and navigating to 'My Upcoming Events'.
Create Your Own packages will go on sale shortly after Principal Packages on Tuesday 19 December 2023, ahead of Melbourne single ticket on sale, on Thursday 1 February 2024.
Our final season at the State Theatre will be in March 2024.
When we return to the State Theatre in 2027, there will be a new seating plan introduced to accommodate a greater number of accessible seats and wheelchair positions in the renovated venue. The new State Theatre seating plan is not yet finalised.
When Season 2027 goes on sale, it is our intention to match any Season Package seats held in 2023 as close as possible. There may be some differences in the 2027 seating plan which may necessitate changes to your previous seats.
Is the seating plan at the Regent Theatre the same as the State Theatre?
The Regent Theatre’s seating plan and reserve zones will be different to the State Theatre. The reserves have been applied accordingly and, to offer the best
experience for audiences, we have carefully designed a bespoke seating
plan for our performances at The Regent Theatre.
The installation of an orchestra platform in front of the stage for Orchestra Victoria to perform from will impact the sightlines at the front of the stalls, as customers will be required to look through or over the top of the orchestra to view the stage.
Locations you may be used to seeing as Premium and A Reserve seats at the State Theatre have been classified as C, D or E Reserve seats at the Regent Theatre. This is due to the sightline restrictions from the orchestra platform.
All Premium seats at the Regent Theatre are located in the dress circle. This is because there are no seats in the stalls that are able to be classified as Premium due to the sightline restrictions and/ or distance from the stage.
This has informed a specially designed seating plan for our time at the venue to maintain the exceptional performance experience our audiences expect from the company.
What seats have you allocated me for my Season Package at the Regent Theatre?
No seats have been allocated for Season Packages at the Regent Theatre in 2024.
We understand that everyone has their own preference of where they like to sit in the theatre when attending the ballet and which seat they consider to be the best option for them. Therefore, current Principal Package subscribers will receive priority access to purchase their Regent Principal Package and select their own seats at the Regent Theatre. Their exclusive on sale date will be announced on 12 September 2023.
Are there enough seats for all subscribers at the Regent Theatre?
The Regent Theatre has a larger capacity than the State Theatre, and there are enough seats to accommodate all existing subscribers should they wish to purchase a Season Package at the Regent Theatre. However, there are fewer Premium seats at the Regent Theatre and all are located in the dress circle.
How many seats does the Regent Theatre have?
The seating plan for an Australian Ballet performance at the Regent Theatre has a total of 2,024 seats. The seating plan for an Australian Ballet performance at the State Theatre has a total of 1,878 seats. At the Regent Theatre we can accommodate an additional 146 guests for a performance.
Why are there no Premium seats located in the stalls at Regent Theatre?
Our Premium seats are defined as having the best views of the stage. All Premium seats at the Regent Theatre are located in the dress circle. This is because there are no seats in the stalls that are able to be classified as Premium due to the sightline restrictions and / or distance from the stage.
I usually sit in Premium seats, but I won’t be able to access the Regent Theatre dress circle. What do you suggest?
The Regent Theatre dress circle can only be accessed by stairs. If you
require level access seating, look for seats in the stalls.
The best sight lines in the stalls are A Reserve options towards the rear of
the stalls, which are central and will give a clear view of the stage.
How do I know which Regent Theatre seats will have a comparable view to my usual seat at the State Theatre?
The Regent Theatre has a very different layout to the State Theatre so the best views may not be in the same locations.
Reserve zones at the Regent Theatre are based on sight lines of the stage:
Premium – Best view A Reserve – Clear view B Reserve – Good view C Reserve – Some restriction D Reserve – Restricted view E Reserve – Heavily restricted No view – No view of the stage
What Season Packages will be on offer at the Regent Theatre?
There will be fewer performances of our seasons at the Regent Theatre, therefore, we have created a range of new Season
Packages especially for our time performing at the new venue.
Regent Season Packages have been designed to ensure that each package can
include all performances for a specific day and performance time.
Is there a reason there are only two ballets in Melbourne Season Packages in 2024?
As a result of the change to venue and limited theatre availability, we will be unable to present the same number of seasons and performances in Melbourne in 2024.
We look to present more seasons at the Regent Theatre in 2025 and 2026.
Subscribers have priority access to purchase discounted tickets from 9 August ahead of the general public on 23 August 2023.
If I am unable to attend performances at the Regent Theatre, will I still get my (2023) seat/s at the State Theatre back when performances resume there again?
If you are unable to join us during our time at the Regent Theatre,
you will still be offered the option to renew your Season Package when
we return to the State Theatre in 2027.
Due to the renovations within the State Theatre’s auditorium, we
cannot guarantee the same seat you held for your 2023 Season Package,
but we will do our very best to seat subscribers as close as possible to
their original seating.
Care for your company
The ‘Regent years’, while brimming with exciting opportunities, are going to be financially challenging for The Australian Ballet.
Creating new repertoire of an exceptional standard that is designed for the Regent Theatre and modifying the venue for ballet productions, will significantly increase our production costs over the next three years. Additionally, fewer performances in Melbourne during this period will reduce our national box office potential, while many of the company’s other fixed costs will increase.
The impact of this period of disruption in Melbourne will be felt deeply, but we are confident we can overcome this challenge with your support.
With your help, we have overcome some of our biggest challenges before and, this year we’ll be inviting subscribers to make a gift when they renew their Season Package.
Gifts of all sizes will help to sustain us through the Regent years and allow us to keep dancing on.
To find out how you can support The Australian Ballet during this time, please contact our Philanthropy team.