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The Roundhouse Theatre is a theatre-in-the-round located in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is Australia's only purpose-built theatre in the round. It is owned by Queensland
Queensland
University of Technology and used by the La Boite Theatre Company. History[edit] The La Boite Theatre Building
La Boite Theatre Building
was Australia's first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round, constructed for the Brisbane
Brisbane
Repertory Theatre which then renamed itself La Boite Theatre Company. The La Boite Theatre Building could seat 200 at its fullest configuration. The La Boite Theatre Building was deemed to be of such significant cultural and architectural significance that it was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2004. However, it struggled to be commercially viable and was eventually redeveloped as commercial offices.[1] In 1998 the Australian Army
Australian Army
decided it no longer required its heritage-listed Gona Barracks
Gona Barracks
and wished to sell the land.[2] This led to a partnership being formed between the Queensland
Queensland
Department of Housing, the Brisbane
Brisbane
City Council and the Queensland
Queensland
University of Technology to redevelop the site as the Kelvin Grove Urban Village
Kelvin Grove Urban Village
as a mixed use precinct combining educational, residential and retail use of the site. The urban village had a strong arts and entertainment theme as the university was placing its Creative Industries Faculty in the village. This was complemented by the Queensland
Queensland
Academy for Creative Industries, a selective public senior high school for students wishing to specialise in the arts and entertainment. The university constructed the Roundhouse Theatre in 2004 to meet its needs for a theatre for training students in the performing arts, but wanted the theatre to be used commercially as well to generate income and to be consistent with the philosophy of the urban village of integrating the university with the community.[3] By constructing the university's theatre as a theatre-in-the-round, it enabled the La Boite Theatre Company to sell the La Boite Theatre Building
La Boite Theatre Building
and lease the Roundhouse Theatre instead, a commercially viable arrangement for both the theatre company and the university. Facilities[edit] The Roundhouse Theatre can seat 400 people for central staging (audience on four sides) or 340 people for thrust stage (audience on three sides).[4] The La Boite Theatre Company
La Boite Theatre Company
(Queensland's 2nd largest theatre company) perform at the Roundhouse Theatre.[5] Queensland
Queensland
University of Technology also own the QUT Gardens Theatre on their Gardens Point
Gardens Point
campus. That theatre was originally built for the Queensland
Queensland
Conservatorium of Music. References[edit]

^ "La Boite Theatre (entry 602171)". Queensland
Queensland
Heritage Register. Queensland
Queensland
Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.  ^ " Gona Barracks
Gona Barracks
(entry 601966)". Queensland
Queensland
Heritage Register. Queensland
Queensland
Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.  ^ "Premier opens $38m Kelvin Grove Urban Village
Kelvin Grove Urban Village
Infrastructure". Queensland
Queensland
Government. 24 November 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2015.  ^ "Roundhouse Theatre". Queensland
Queensland
University of Technology. Retrieved 5 January 2015.  ^ "Getting Here". La Boite Theatre Company. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 

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