Brown’s Mart Theatre

Darwin’s first home for theatre and live performance

The Venue

Housed in one of the most significant European heritage buildings in the Territory, Brown’s Mart has been at the heart of live performance in the Northern Territory since 1970. Our resources include a traditional black box theatre, seating 69 - 136 depending on the configuration; an air-conditioned rehearsal space; a picturesque courtyard space with bar facilities; and an administrative & resource centre.

Browns Mart Theatre:

The Theatre has high pitched roof, raked ceilings with exposed timber trussing and is surround on three sides by a mezzanine. The theatre floor is a beautiful hardwood oiled timber, which adds in giving the space a sense of warmth and history.

Four movable Acromat seating banks provide the space with versatile seating arrangements. They can be set up in several configurations, with capacities ranging from 81 to 136 seats.

There is a single dressing room located on the first floor which has toilet and shower facilities, and access to a small kitchenette.  The theatre itself is equipped with an adequate amount of Lighting and Sound equipment capable of accommodating a range of events and Theatre Productions.

The venue can be hired, pending availability, for the following:

  • Theatre Productions Perfromring Arts
  • Music Events
  • School Performances
  • Corporate Events & Functions
  • Functions 

The Rehearsal Room:

Located upstairs in the Browns Mart Administration block, the Browns Mart Rehearsal room is a versatile space for rehearsing a theatre show, running a workshop, or for facilitating an important meeting.  The room has a polished hardwood timber floor and pitched roof with a raked ceiling with exposed timber trussing giving the room a grand impression of space.

The room is equipped with a number of tables and chairs to facilitate your meeting or rehearsal.  There are also two white boards, a desk and a small sound system available for use.  Hirers can also access a small kitchenette with basic tea and coffee making facilities.

Wireless internet and TV are available on request.

Browns Mart Courtyard Room:

The Courtyard Room is the resident home of Happy Yess'.  Happy Yess suport local live original music, and operate a Friday and Saturday night program which engages local bands and musicians from all musical genres.

Outside of these nights, the Courtyard room is available for hire.  The room has a funky and fresh vibe, and is a great, fun space for workshops, meetings, rehearsals and other gatherings or functions.

Please contact the Venue Manager via email at to discuss the Courtyard room availability, costs and details of your event.  Please note that any requests for use of PA equipment will need to be negotiated with Happy Yess management, so please detail your requirements up front with the Browns Mart Venue Manager upon enquiry.

For more information on the Happy Yess and their program, please visit their website:

The Courtyard:

The Browns Mart Courtyard is a large paved area which is the heart of the Browns Mart Precinct.  A White picket fence separates the Courtyard from the hustle and bustle of Smith Street, and from the quite surrounds of Civic Park.  Over the years the Browns Mart Courtyard has housed many outdoor music and theatre events and it plays a big part in Darwin arts and cultural history. 

The Browns Mart bar facilities are accessible from the Courtyard, as are the main ammenities.  Please consider that Browns Mart is a licensed venue when planning your event, and BYO is not available.

The Browns Mart Courtyard can be hired as an incorporation of your event in the Theatre, Rehearsal Room or Courtyard Room.  Or it can be hired separately for an out door event or function.


For all venue enquiries contact: 

Venue Manager
08 8981 5522

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