The Alexander Theatre was designed by Eggleston MacDonald & Secomb Architects and opened in 1967. This is a heroic piece of architecture with great presence. It as a strong monolith of a building with three tapering block-like forms sitting on a grassy plinth. The Alexander Theatre is one of several important Clayton campus foundation buildings, which includes the neighbouring Menzies Building, the Chancellery and Robert Blackwood Hall among others.
The existing 508 seat Alexander Theatre will be extensively refurbished and expanded. The venue is host to many professional companies for all types of performances including classical theatre, musicals, pantomime, dance, comedy and multi-media. This popular venue will be updated to cater for new audiences with improved accessibility, back of house facilities and new foyer and function rooms. It will include an advanced ‘acoustic architecture’ installation to expand the range of musical performance.
In addition a new jazz club, cafe, sound gallery and function spaces will expand the facility to supplement the teaching and performance of contemporary music. The new venue will provide much needed function and café facilities to serve the Alexander Theatre as well as for dedicated musical events and casual student activities. It will have a north facing café terrace connected to the Matheson Library forecourt and The Forum beyond.