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Keeping you safe in the theatre

State Opera South Australia is excited to be able to welcome you back to the theatre this November for our new production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll as we present opera for the first time in the new-look Her Majesty’s Theatre. This iconic Australian play has been re-imagined for the operatic stage by Peter Goldsworthy (Libretto) and Richard Mills (Composer). Featuring a host of outstanding Australian artists and creatives, this is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together and celebrate having opera back on the stage in Adelaide.

Due to COVID-19, things will be a little different when you take your seats. Our performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre will be held in accordance with SA Health directions and therefore a range of public health measures are in place to keep patrons, artists, and staff safe. 

Keeping you safe in the theatre – spaced seating 
Seating inside the theatre will now be spaced according to SA Health guidelines and Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, which requires theatres to operate at 50% capacity.

So that we can provide the best possible environment for all our patrons, spaced seating protocols will apply to the theatre, with one empty seat required between each patron in the theatre. You can think of this like a checkerboard.

Checkerboard seating is used to accommodate adequate spacing in each row, with consideration given to patrons in the rows in front and behind you. For that reason, we ask that you sit in the specific seat assigned to you on your ticket and, even though you can still be close to your family and friends, you will not be permitted to sit in the seat immediately next to another patron.

There may be some restrictions in the foyers or in bathrooms and it is possible you may be asked to abide by additional instructions given by Front of House staff on the evening you attend.  We thank you in advance for your understanding and for helping us keep South Australia safe.

New seating. New tickets 
To make this change easy for you, all existing ticket holders for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll will automatically be re-seated in Her Majesty’s Theatre according to the physical distancing guidelines outlined above. Your relocation will be in comparable seats in the venue wherever possible and is being done with your comfort and safety in mind. Replacement tickets will be issued to all patrons via post. You can expect to receive these by the end of August. Tickets will be sent to the address on file with BASS.

Please note that your current tickets/E-tickets are no longer valid and will not be accepted at the theatre.  

Should you have any concerns regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact BASS on 131 246. Full ticketing terms and conditions can be found here.

For further information about returning to the theatre, read South Australian Roadmap for Easing Covid-19 Restrictions or visit our FAQs

We look forward to welcoming you back to the opera.

State Opera South Australia and BASS Ticketing