Eternity Playhouse

Eternity Playhouse

Burton Street Tabernacle transformed

The Burton Street Tabernacle, on the corner of Burton and Palmer Streets, Darlinghurst, has been converted into the Eternity Playhouse, a 200-seat theatre and creative arts centre with a gallery, bar and café.

Work started at the end of 2011 and included:

  • developing the basement level into a box office, café and bar
  • preserving heritage features while making the building more sustainable through energy efficient lighting, solar roof panels and rainwater collection and reuse
  • creating a new backstage area, dressing rooms, performers' facilities and offices
  • installing new stairs, lift and foyer to improve accessibility.

Eternity Playhouse is earmarked to become the new home of a local community theatre and will host a range of performances, classes, exhibitions and events.

This important project is part of our plans to develop the Oxford Street cultural quarter to support artists and designers to develop their practices.

The theatre is leased to the Darlinghurst Theatre Company, a community organisation embracing and nurturing emerging artists, including people who are homeless.

The story of Arthur Stace chalking 'Eternity' on Sydney streets is well-loved, and the image of his script is iconic.

It was hugely popular when used on the Harbour Bridge during 1999 New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Stace's Eternity sign has been replicated for the theatre and marks the building’s adaptive reuse as a new cultural destination for Sydney.


Samantha Carroll
Project Manager 02 9265 9333

Last updated: Monday, 2 December 2013