The long awaited Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst is halfway to completion and on track for the first curtain raise early next year.

The City of Sydney has spent almost $8 million refurbishing the Burton St Tabernacle to provide the community-based Darlinghurst Theatre Company with a new home on Burton St.

The former Baptist church will have a 200-seat theatre, creative arts facilities as well as a café, gallery and bar.

“We are creating a space that will nurture our up-and-coming performing artists, actors, playwrights and producers,” Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

The theatre is named after the late Arthur Stace, the local folk hero who wrote the word “Eternity” in chalk on Sydney’s streets, and a former Burton St parishioner himself.

The current home of the theatre, the Reg Murphy centre in Elizabeth Bay, will be used for community events and be leased out to other creative groups the council said.

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