The Royal Theatre, at 805 Broughton Street, in Victoria, BC, is a turn-of-the-century, European-style venue.
With a seating capacity of 1400, it's an intimate theatre that offers uniquely enjoyable evenings at the opera no matter where you sit. You may book your seats up close to take in the details, farther back for a broader perspective, or in the boxes to see and be seen. Wheelchair seating is also available upon request (at E Section prices).
The Royal Theatre has been home to arts and culture in Victoria since it opened in 1913 as a privately built and operated roadhouse. It was also used as a cinema from 1917 until 1981. It has seen many of this century's great performers on its stage, including Sarah Bernhardt, Carlos Montoya, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Luciano Pavarotti.
The Royal Theatre was designated a site of national historic significance in 1987, and received a commemorative plaque from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 1990. The original foyer has been augmented by lobby extensions completed in 1991, while the auditorium retains its original Rococo/Renaissance Revival style decor. Extensive technical upgrades, restoration work to the auditorium, and refurbishment of the dressing rooms took place in 2002. The award winning exterior renovations were completed in 2006.
The Royal is the main performance venue for the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria, as well as being Vancouver Island's premiere venue for touring attractions. The Royal Theatre operates under the administration of the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society