• Arts Centre
  • Theatre

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

10 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier SA 5290

(08) 8723 8700

Filter Events
Straight Line Crazy
  • Film

Straight Line Crazy

5th October 2022

Presented by Country Arts SA, Sharmill Films

Ralph Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra) leads the cast in David Hare’s (Skylight) blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever.

Buy Tickets View event
  • Physical Theatre
  • Theatre


15th October 2022 — 16th October 2022

Presented by Premier Artists

Join Cosentino as he performs death-defying escapes that will thrill your senses, mind-boggling stage illusions and cutting-edge street magic that twists your view of reality.

View event
The Deep North
  • Music
  • Theatre

The Deep North

18th October 2022 — 19th October 2022

Presented by Country Arts SA, South Australian Playwrights Theatre

The Deep North tells the story of Jasmine Mutesa who has to choose between a scholarship to one of Adelaide’s most prestigious schools and keeping her family from falling apart in Port Augusta.

View event

About Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

“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 extinct 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 23,000 with a total of 50,000 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.

Community Circle- supporting creative communities

In 2014, 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.

Arts Centre Reference Group

Working with local community members to ensure the Arts Centre continues to meet the community’s arts and cultural expectations.

The Current Members are:

Sue Charlton

Sue Physiotherapist, wife, mother and grandmother of eight. A strong family person committed to the wellbeing and sustainability of our region through Stand Like Stone Foundation and Australian Community Philanthropy. Long time friend of the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, the Riddoch Art Gallery and the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

Peter Fairchild

Peter is a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Gambier and has a wide and interesting employment history, having worked as a lecturer at the University of South Australia, a secondary school principal and as a management consultant. Peter has also acted as a Representative Consultant to a range of education and community committees, including the Human Resource Management Reference Group of the Department for Education and Children’s Services. He also enjoys running antique auctions. Peter’s areas of expertise when it comes to the Reference Group are the community and students.

Alison Brash

Alison joins the team with extensive community cultural development experience. She formally trained in the visual arts and adult vocational education fields, applying these skills throughout her professional career in Alice Springs, the APY Lands, Adelaide’s Northern suburbs. She also worked across Victoria where she was Artistic Coordinator for the Torch Project developing the Indigenous Arts in Prisons & Community program, a community response to reducing prison recidivism. She is passionate about women’s advancement and the role art plays in building strong individuals and communities. She confesses to being an art-aholic, and seeks no treatment for this.

Access & Patron Facilities


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


Booking Tickets

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

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

Friends Club Membership

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.

  • Access to the Friends discount ticket price, anytime throughout the year (one ticket per performance per member)
  • Discount on Morning Melodies shows
  • Discount on selected commercial shows
  • Discount on Arts on Screen screenings
  • Regular updates on Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre activities
  • Invitations to special events
  • Priority seating and presale tickets for Country Arts SA allocated seated live shows and selected commercial shows (Email address required)
  • Access to Friends Club ticket discounts at any of the five Country Arts SA venues as mentioned on the back of your membership card (members only)
Purchase Membership

Terms and Conditions apply contact the venue for more details

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.

Buy Online

Terms and Conditions


Gift Vouchers are available for purchase online at the following values: $100, $50, $20, $10

Gift Vouchers can only be exchange for tickets at the theatre Box Office during office hours or online through our website.

Gift Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and are valid for 36 months from the date of purchase.

Gift Vouchers are redeemable for tickets at the Venue in which it was originally purchased from only and are non transferable.

Country Arts SA Venues are not responsible for lost or stolen Gift Vouchers.

Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Additional Terms and Conditions may apply contact the theatre for more details.

For Promoters & Producers

Everything you need

  • 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
  • TV, DVD, CD and data projector
  • 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

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.

View Venue Technical Specifications

Tour Coordination Services
Link into Country Arts SA’s network of performing arts centres across South Australia and benefit from collaboration on tours and negotiation of venue costs, performances and box office as a state-wide package. Please email [email protected] for more information.

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.

With a wide range of shows and some of Australia’s most well-loved actors, you’re sure to find something for everyone. This variety means that we can help you select the show most suited to your guests to ensure an enjoyable night is had by all.

Country Arts SA Corporate Hospitality Packages are designed to help you deliver your business targets in a distinctive way, and can be tailored to meet the needs and budget constraints of your business.

Country Arts SA is continually looking to establish strategic alliances and partnerships with leading, innovative companies such as yours, who understand the reinforcement of business brand values to the community through the arts.

Benefits of Purchasing Corporate Tickets

  • Performance programmes (where available)
  • Tailored drinks package for your needs
  • Free use of exclusive foyer areas for pre-show or post show drinks
  • You can also access special function areas for you to entertain larger groups
  • Ease of booking when purchasing for large groups.
  • Assistance in co-ordinating catering for functions and events held at the venue.
  • Pre show group theatre tours.
  • Invitations to Country Arts SA after show functions.
  • Meet the cast (selected shows only).
  • Best seats available
  • You will also receive invitations to selected, exclusive VIP functions at the venue where you can network with leading corporate identities and artists.

Additional options can easily be arranged to create an evening tailored to your needs

Contact the venue to Join now!

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre Master Plan

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

Master Plan Summary

How to find us

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.

Ample parking in close proximity to the venue.

Wheelchair access is an important aspect of Country Arts service to patrons. Mobility impaired patrons can be comfortably seated in the theatre, and there are dedicated toilet facilities and car parking spaces. Baby change tables are available. The theatre has an Audio Loop that delivers clearer sound to patrons with hearing aids fitted with a ‘T’ Switch.

The theatre has a Licensed Bar

Venue Manager: Frank Morello

Make a booking

Venue details

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

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre is sponsored by

How much do you want to donate?

Area of giving

Personal Information

Contact Information

Sign in to your account

We found a Country Arts SA account with your email address.

{{ passwordResetOutput }}

Create an account

Enter a password so we can create an account for you.

Passwords must:

  • Be at least 8 characters long
  • Contain at least one uppercase character
  • Contain at least one number

Order details

Annual Appeal Future Fund Performing Arts First Nations Art & Culture Visual Arts
{{ formatCurrency(donation.amount) }}
{{ formatCurrency(donation.amount) }}
{{ formatCurrency(donation.amount) }}