Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

Boandik Country
10 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier SA 5290
Box Office Hours
Wednesday to Friday 12.30pm to 4pm
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The theatre is named after the late Sir Robert Helpmann, a world renowned performer. He was born in Mount Gambier before pursuing an international career as an actor, dancer, choreographer and director

The South East of South Australia is famed for its sparkling seas, fine Coonawarra wines, seafood fresh from the ocean, fascinating limestone caves and tall timber.

Mount Gambier is the unofficial capital of the South East, and is built on the slopes of an dormant volcano that gives it its other name – the Blue Lake City. The lake within the volcano crater holds one of nature’s great mysteries, its waters turning brilliant blue for several months of the year.

The Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre is a fully equipped multi-purpose arts centre in the heart of this beautiful country and can accommodate a diverse range of conferences, performing arts, film screenings, seminars and product launches.

Centrally located in the heart of Mount Gambier, the centre is within easy walking distance to the main retail shopping precinct, cultural attractions and fine restaurants. The centre draws on a local population of 28,000 with a total of 70,000 from surrounding districts.

Conveniently located midway between Adelaide (439km to the North West) and Melbourne (452km to the East), the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre provides the perfect stopover for touring productions en route to Adelaide.

A comprehensive Technical Specifications Document for the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre is available online. Please review this document before booking the venue for your performance.

After extended consultation with the community a Master Plan was created for the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre with architects Grieve Gillet Andersen.

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Venue Information

Venue details
  • 524 seat proscenium arch auditorium
  • Centre based manager plus box office and technical staff
  • Stage with depth of 12.3m x 20m wide
  • Full technical facilities and support
  • Hand held standard microphones
  • Foyer promotional screens
  • Computerised box office
  • Digital sound desk
  • Digital 3D cinema projector
  • Rear screen projection
  • Air-conditioning
  • Licensed bar
  • Disabled access
  • Ample car parking
  • Fully appointed dressing rooms, wardrobe room, laundry facilities and green room
  • Spacious rehearsal area with mirrors and barres
  • Orchestra pit for up to 40 musicians
  • Yamaha Concert Grand and Yamaha upright pianos
  • Public address system
  • Phone, fax and photocopying facilities
Box Office Opening Hours

12.30pm to 4pm Wednesday to Friday and 1 hour prior to performances and half an hour following the commencement of a performance.


Parking is available adjacent the Mount Gambier Library or Civic Centre car park, off Ferrers Street.


Please contact the venue box office with your access requirements. Staff will help you find the best seats available.

Disability Seating

The back row of the downstairs auditorium has removable seats to accommodate patrons who wish to remain seated in their wheelchair or to allow ease of access to transfer to a theatre seat.

A disability toilet is available in the foyer of the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

Wheelchair loan – please contact the theatre on 8723 8741 if you need to borrow a wheelchair ‘free of charge’ when you attend a performance.

The Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre is guide dog friendly.


Baby change tables are available.

The theatre has a Licensed Bar.

An elevator is located in the Civic Centre courtyard.

Friends Club Membership

The Country Arts SA’s Friends Club is a membership program that rewards our loyal patrons and helps support our Arts Centres.

Show your card and save throughout the year. Your Friends Club membership ($25) entitles you to buy tickets at the discounted Friends price at anytime. It’s your season as you like it and when you like it.

Gift Vouchers

Don’t know what to give your friends or family for birthdays or special occasions?

Entertain them with a theatre Gift Voucher; Gift Vouchers can be used for any performance at the theatre.

Corporate Entertainment

A night at the theatre is a perfect way to entertain and impress your clients, network and reward staff. Our staff will assist you in all steps of planning to ensure your guests have a unique and memorable night at the theatre that they will always associate with your company’s hospitality.

Community Circle

Country Arts SA is partnering with local businesses to enable more people in the community to experience, value and benefit from the arts.

A new initiative from Country Arts SA Chair Lew Owens, Community Circle brings together businesses with a shared passion and commitment to giving back to the communities in which they operate.

The generous backing of Community Circle businesses will support the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre in continuing to deliver a dynamic mix of exciting live performances, creative workshops and educational projects throughout 2014.

Community Circle provides a unique platform for businesses to engage with their local communities in association with artistic excellence and exceptional live performance all year round.

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