Due to the restrictions set by SA Health at 12:30pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020, Thebarton Theatre will be suspending all events hosted at the venue from Wednesday 18 November until Wednesday 25 November. We thank you for your support and patience during this time. We will continue to update our community on any changes that may occur due to this outbreak.


Due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 cases in SA, Thebarton Theatre has reduced its capacity and updated their Covid-safe procedures in accordance with SA Health’s guidelines. Due to this, The Barton Gala has been postponed until 2021. All existing tickets will remain valid and ticket-holders will be contacted by Ticketmaster shortly. Thank you for your support and patience during this uncertain time.


Thebby was delighted to welcome our community back to her glorious auditorium on Saturday 19 September 2020. Best of the Bee Gees hosted Thebby’s first post-COVID performance. Socially distanced seats and pods allowed our community to enjoy what they love and stay safe.
Thebby employed extra staff to monitor social distancing regulations and constantly sanitise surfaces. All recommendations by the Government were upheld, including the necessity of patrons to remain seated during the performance.
PLEASE NOTE: COVID19 regulations currently do not allow dancing at Thebby Shows


It is with a heavy heart that Thebby goes dark until at least September 2020.

Following the advice of the Australian Government and considering the safety and well-being of the Thebby community, Thebarton Theatre will not be hosting any events for the next few months. We are doing what we can to support our staff during these difficult times and are looking at ways to help support the industry. 

Thank you for your kind words of support so far, as shows continue to postpone, it is wonderful to feel our community around us.

As an independently run venue, Thebarton Theatre relies on the hire income and bar sales and so without events going ahead Thebby is going to be hit hard. 

If you’d like to support the venue including bar staff, ushers, box office staff, security, cleaners, maintenance staff and caterers you can by buying us and your mates a Virtual Beer.

Buy a virtual beer for yourself, shout a beer for your mate or if you want, buy a round, a case or even a keg so that we can pay the hard costs and keep on going without any gig

No you won’t get to drink it, but you will help us stay open past this crisis.

#buyabeer and share it on your socials to keep this alive then upload a pic and hashtag #buyabeer and #thebartontheatre and we’ll all be cheering together. 

We miss you!



On Tuesday. 3 December 2019, over 700 community members came out to Thebby last night for a Public Meeting to discuss the South Road Upgrade and why a tunnel is the best option, not only for the City of West Torrens but our state.
Speakers included:
• Michael Coxon – Mayor, City of West Torrens
• Bob Lott – Director, Thebarton Theatre
• Darren Peacock – National Trust
• James Franzon – Hilton Hotel

The resolutions the community unanimously support propose that:
▪️ Completion of the North-South corridor be in the form of a tunnel – built in a manner which preserves our heritage and maintains the integrity of our suburbs.
▪️The Inner West South Road Action Group continue to advocate on our behalf and keep us informed.

Thank you to all those who came in support and we look forward to further updates. If you would like to learn more about the Inner West South Road Action Group, join their Facebook Group.


On the 29th of July 2018, some of Australia’s most influential musicians and the South Australian Arts & Music Industry gathered in Adelaide to celebrate both the 90th birthday of Thebarton Theatre and its induction into the SA Music Hall of Fame, with the awards presented by the Honourable Steven Marshall, Premier of SA and the then Mayor of West Torrens City Council, John Trainor AOM.

This one off free event helped Weslo Holdings Pty Ltd, the custodians of the venue, say thank you to the many artists, producers, tour bookers, industry, staff and patrons who have helped make Thebarton Theatre Australia’s most loved contemporary live music venue.

Robbie Robertson and Bob Lott (Directors of Weslo Holdings Pty Ltd) were also inducted on the night in recognition for their own individual contributions to the music industry, along with ‘Redgum’, one of Australia’s most iconic bands, who played Thebby in 1985. John Schumann accepted the award on the night and sung Redgum’s biggest hits; ‘I Was Only 19’ and ‘Bali’.

Hosted by the incomparable Julia Zemiro (Rockwiz legend), SA’s favourite son Keith Conlon and the iconic Red Symons, the night was celebrated with some of the most incredible Australian artists to ever have played the Thebarton Theatre Stage.

The line-up included The Angels, James Reyne (Australian Crawl), Mark and Craig Holden, Glenn Shorrock (The Twilights & Little River Band), John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew, Glen Wheatly, The 1965 Masters Apprentices, Vince Contarino (Zep Boys), John Bywaters (The Twilights), The Moonshine Jug and String Band, Geoffrey Stapleton (Gangajang), Dave Blight (Cold Chisel), Trev Warner & Guest, Rockin’ Rob Riley (Rose Tattoo), Timberwolf, Taasha Coates (The Audreys), Kelly Menhennett all backed by The Session Guys: Enrico ‘Mick’ Morena, David Holmes, Gary Isaacs, Derek Charles.

Thebarton Theatre is being inducted because it has given so much to our industry over the years that Weslo have had the venue. Of the 101 inductees into the SA Music Hall of Fame 61 Inductees have played at the Theatre; 11 of 12 band Inductees (91%) and 50 individuals (52%) have performed in this iconic venue” – Enrico ‘Mick’ Morena, Founder of the Adelaide Music Collective (AMC) and Director of the South Australian Music Hall of Fame (SAMHOF).

It was a glorious night that will be forever treasured by the Thebby Community.

(L-R) Bob Lott, Steven Marshall MP, Robbie Robertson, Keith Conlon

(L-R) Enrico Morena, John Schumann, Robbie Robertson, John Trainer, Steven Marshall MP, Bob Lott