This Sunday you're invited to a special backstage tour of Sydney's first new major theatre in six years - Eternity Playhouse.
Join me from 11am to 1pm to see the results of the City's $7.9 million transformation of the former Burton Street Tabernacle.
Explore the dressing rooms and get on the stage before the actors from Darlinghurst Theatre Company move in and open the first production in November.
The City undertook careful and meticulous heritage preservation at all stages of this project. The patience and attention to detail has been worth the wait. The new theatre boasts an accessible lift, solar panels, rainwater collection and state-of-the-art sound, lighting and stage technology.
Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, who worked with the City on Paddington Reservoir Gardens and Glebe Town Hall, have done wonderful work alongside with Kane Projects who have been managing the build.
The Eternity Playhouse is named after the late Arthur Stace, a former Burton Street Tabernacle parishioner who wrote the word 'Eternity' in chalk on Sydney's streets from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Stace was inspired to create the flowing copperplate chalk script after hearing a sermon at the church in 1932 and it was said he wrote the word more than a million times over the next 20 years.
Creating a new theatre in East Sydney helps to support Sydney's creative sector and fits perfectly with this area's reputation for culture and creativity.
Opening Eternity Playhouse is one more step in supporting businesses in and around Oxford Street, and I'm sure people who come to the theatre will also take advantage the great shops, restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood.
The playhouse's inaugural show will be Arthur Miller's All My Sons, which will open on 5 November and feature a stellar cast including Marshall Napier, Toni Scanlan, Briallen Clarke, Robin Goldsworth, Anthony Gooley, Andrew Henry and Meredith Penman.