Preserving heritage and encouraging the arts is essential for thriving communities. That’s why Catherine Henry Lawyers has become a Founding Ambassador for Newcastle’s historic Victorian Theatre.
The Vic is the oldest surviving heritage theatre building in NSW.
This building is of national significance. Its retention should be unequivocal. When completed, the theatre will have a capacity of up to 900 and will lend itself to host live presentations, music, dance, theatre, local productions and solo artists. It will be a much needed addition to Australia’s touring circuit as well as providing a complementary cultural asset to Newcastle and Hunter citizens and vistors.
Reviving the Victoria Theatre will positively impact Newcastle. It will provide greater community connections for local artists and a venue of significance and inspiration to showcase their creative talents. The community will enjoy greater access to high quality music, dance, and theatre productions to celebrate fine arts and build social cohesion.
I love opera – having been involved in choral music for many years both in Sydney and here in the Hunter – and I am looking forward to enjoying extraordinary live performances here in Newcastle.
Our firm is one of 10 Founding Ambassadors from across the Hunter who recognise the significance and importance of returning the Victoria as a working heritage theatre to the Hunter community. An initiative of the Victoria Theatre’s Campaign Cabinet, Founding Ambassadors have committed resources to take the next major strategic step in the revive the Victoria Theatre campaign.
This includes completing a new business case for a fully operational theatre, commissioning an economic impact assessment, and engaging leading advocacy firm, Premier State. Combined, these initiatives are progressing the compelling case to the highest levels of government to fund the revival of the Victoria Theatre. Progress on the theatre’s return to glory is being made. This month the Heritage Council of NSW approved its revival plans. This is a major step forward and should now pave the way for the Development Application approval from Newcastle Council.
Join us in preserving Newcastle’s historic Victorian Theatre
To find out more and to see how you can be involved in the restoration of the Victorian Theatre visit this website.