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New Performing Arts Venue

The $150 million New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV) comprises a minimum 1,500 seat theatre to be located at Playhouse Green, co-located with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Expected to be completed late 2022, the new theatre will host diverse and high-quality performing arts that showcase local, national and international productions to meet Queensland’s growing demand for performing arts.

The Queensland Government has committed $125 million over 4 years to deliver the new theatre for Brisbane, and QPAC will also contribute $25 million.

The new theatre will be of a high-quality design that is sympathetic to the existing original architectural intent of QPAC, yet contributes as a distinct structure for the precinct.


In January 2019, the Queensland Government announced five shortlisted Principal Design Consultants following a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) late last year. The shortlisted design teams comprise a mix of leading local, national and international expertise and are listed below:

Design teams will now participate in a six week competitive design tender process to ensure an exemplary design is achieved for the new theatre.

It is anticipated the Principal Design Consultant and concept design will be announced in mid 2019.

An independent expert panel, with expertise in heritage, design, architecture, and theatre operation, will provide advice on the design and construction of the new theatre.

​​​The design for the theatre within the Heritage Listed Queensland Cultural Centre, will also be guided by the Conservation Management Plan, which was commissioned by Arts Queensland and developed by heritage consultants in 2017.​​​

The project will be managed by the Department of Housing and Public Works’ Project Delivery team on behalf of QPAC and Arts Queensland.

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