Named after Monash University’s founding Chancellor, Sir Robert Blackwood, the Robert Blackwood Hall is Melbourne’s most prestigious venue outside the CBD. Acoustically, it ranks with the best available in Australia and, as such, has been the venue for numerous commercial recordings for the ABC, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and various film scores.
Being a concert hall, it has no proscenium, stage curtains or fly tower. It is completed by the resplendant Sir Louis Matheson pipe organ as well as two full concert grand pianos including one Steinway.
The state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems can satisfy the most demanding requirements
The climate controlled auditorium has fixed seating for up to 1598. The raked Stalls hold up to 1256 seats with a further 342 seats situated in the Balcony.
How To Get Here
When planning your travel, please take in to account that events begin promptly at the advertised time and that latecomers may not be admitted to the auditorium until a suitable break in the performance. Foyers, bars and refreshment stands are open from 60 minutes prior to all performances so we suggest it is better to be early than late!
Travel to the Clayton Campus Robert Blackwood Hall and Alexander Theatre
Monash Clayton is serviced by a number of bus lines, most of which stop in the busloop off Wellington Road. Other bus services stop at the northern end of the campus. There are Monash bus services connecting with the following railway stations: Belgrave, Bentleigh, Blackburn, Boronia, Box Hill, Clayton, Croydon, Dandenong, Ferntree Gully, Gardenvale, Glen Waverley, Heatherdale, Huntingdale, Middle Brighton, Mt Waverley, Oakleigh, Ormond, Ringwood, Syndal and Upper Ferntree Gully. The railway station closest to Monash is Huntingdale on the Cranbourne/Dandenong/Pakenham lines.
Patrons should note that Monash does not observe the following public holidays (when bus services are likely to be reduced or not operating): Labour Day, Queen’s Birthday, Melbourne Cup Day.
Travel to Monash
For the Robert Blackwood Hall, proceed through the first round-about. The Hall is approximately 20 metres down the road on your left. Carparking is available opposite this building.
Patrons should note that while all parking is unrestricted on weeknights and weekends, during normal University hours most parking is permit only with only limited visitor parking (pay and display, time limit) available. For visitor parking during University hours, enter main entrance in Wellington Road and turn left at the first round-about. Visitor parking is approximately 40 metres down the road on your
The nearest ATM is located outside the Monash Campus Centre (Building 10, Clayton Campus)
MAPA theatres are user friendly for people with a disability and all theatres are wheelchair accessible.
The Robert Blackwood Hall has access via three ramps directly into the foyer and then directly into the auditorium.
The stalls area of the Robert Blackwood Hall is completely accessible via ramps outside the theatre leading to both upper and lower stalls/foyer levels. The auditorium floor is sloped, providing a gentle rake in the seats without the use of steps.
The balcony area is accessible only via four flights of stairs. This steeply raked section also contains stairs between each row. For this reason, we do not recommend balcony seating for patrons with limited mobility.
The Alexander Theatre is accessible via a ramp just outside the theatre which leads directly to our dedicated wheelchair seats. Internally there are stairs to access the theatre and stairs up and down within the raked auditorium.
The George Jenkins Theatre has access via a lift located in the theatre foyer. Entry to foyer is from the Visitor’s Car Park side of the building.
MAPA Accepts Companion Cards
People with a disability who require assistance to access our venues have a right to equal participation. Upon purchasing one event ticket, a holder of a Companion Card will be issued a second ticket for their companion at no charge.
Disabled Parking Bays
There are disabled parking bays in all the carparks closest to the theatre entrances.
Wheelchair Access in Theatres
Each of the MAPA theatres have spaces dedicated to patrons using a wheelchair. These spaces need to be pre-booked, so please inform the MAPA Box Office staff of your requirements when making a booking.
Walking frames and other walking aides are not to remain in the theatre during performances. However, they are permitted in the theatre for use by patrons accessing their seat. Ushering staff are there to help and will store the walking aide nearby, returning it to the patron at interval and upon the closing of the performance.
Amenities for All
MAPA theatres provide toilet facilities that cater for disability and wheelchair access.
Please contact MAPA Box Office on 9905 1111 with any queries you have regarding access to the theatres.