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Alexander Theatre

Architect: Eggleston MacDonald and Secomb Architects, Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design

Monash University | MU13

The Alexander Theatre is a much-loved foundation building at Monash Clayton. Originally designed by Eggleston MacDonald and Secomb Architects in 1967, it has been comprehensively redeveloped by Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design. Opened in April 2018, the 589-seat theatre is part of the newly established Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, which will also include two new venues in 2019: a 175-seat Jazz Club and a 130-seat Sound Gallery. The theatre has been expanded to cater for new audiences, with improved accessibility, larger back of- house facilities, a new foyer and support spaces. The venue plays host to all types of performance including classical theatre, musicals, dance, comedy and multimedia. The inclusion of advanced ‘Acoustic Architecture’ significantly enhances and expands the range of musical performances that can be accommodated. Landscaped berms realise functional elements of the original design that were not delivered and which now house integrated, subterranean support, teaching, practice and outreach spaces. The Alexander Theatre heralds a new era of 21st century performing arts facilities in Melbourne’s south-east. The theatre enhances Monash’s commitment to supporting growth in the performing arts by providing world-class environments for professional productions, students, community groups, schools and local residents.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Expect Queues: Yes

    Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Entry foyer and backstage areas, with limited auditorium access.

  • Tour Type: MU13

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, running for 30 minutes, in groups of 15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible, Wheelchair accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1967, 2018

  • Transport: Clayton campus can be reached via Bus routes 630 and 900 from Huntingdale Station, routes 733, 742, 800, 804, 862 and 900 from Oakleigh Station, as well as routes 631, 691, 703 and 737. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.

  • Photo Credit: Images by Peter Elliot Architecture and Urban Design


48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton, Monash University Clayton campus, VIC


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