Top performing arts facility to open in Mebourne’s east

by Sophie Berrill
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The Round

The Round is slated to become a thriving hub of art and culture when it opens later this month.

A brand new facility will bring a premier performing arts venue as well as state-of-the-art function and rehearsal spaces to Nunawading in Melbourne’s east.

The Round, set to officially open on 13 October, will build upon the legacy of the former Whitehorse Centre in hopes of ushering it into a new era, becoming a contemporary hub of arts and culture for the local community and beyond.

The Rou

Render of The Round’s entry foyer

Inside The Round

Located at at 379-399 Whitehorse Road, The Round will house a proscenium theatre with over 600 seats, a 200-seat studio theatre, two multipurpose rehearsal studios and versatile function spaces for business, community or private use.

It will be fitted with world-class sound and lighting technology and extensive back-of-house facilities including dressing room space, fully accessible bathrooms, laundry facilities, green room, production office space, as well as a hearing augmentation system. 

The studio theatre also offers a highly versatile performance space, with its retractable seating bank and ability to be blacked out making it easily reconfigurable for movie screenings, comedy shows, music acts, dance rehearsals or small-scale plays.

The Round ampitheatre

Render of the external view of the ampitheatre.

Patrons can pull up a stool at The Round Bar or attend other outdoor events at The Round’s purpose-built soundshell set in expansive parklands.

“Whitehorse City Council is incredibly excited to present The Round and unveil the new, world-class venue which we hope will become the cultural heart of Melbourne’s East. The Round has been designed to broaden the opportunities for our community to connect with the arts, as well as with one another, and be enjoyed for generations to come,” says Whitehorse City Council Mayor, Cr Mark Lane.

Melbourne performers Lucy Durack and Gary Pinto will take to the stage for a concert at The Round on Friday 13 October for the official Opening Night.

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