CREATING THEATRE IN THE HEART OF OUR CITY

The new Court Theatre is on the way to the heart of Christchurch in 2024

Caleb Jago-Ward, Jesus Christ Superstar, 2019. Image courtesy of Danielle Colvin Photography.

A new standard in international theatre design

Ground-breaking architecture by Athfield Architects (NZ) and Haworth Tompkins (LONDON, UK).

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Render images courtesy of Athfield Architects Limited (NZ) and Haworth Tompkins (London, UK).

Energising the city 7 days a week

The Court Theatre is an investment in the city centre, theatre, and the wellbeing of our community.

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Fergus Inder, Jesus Christ Superstar, 2019. Image courtesy of Danielle Colvin Photography.

Cornerstone of the Performing Arts Precinct

The new Court Theatre on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets will be the leading theatre space in New Zealand. The plans are ground-breaking, setting a new bar in international theatre design.

The building will be made for everybody; it will be an open invitation to those who want to intimately share the diverse programme of The Court Theatre’s work and make The Court their own. We will return city audiences to dedicated theatre spaces purpose-built to bring the viewer closer to our art.

You can help by joining the APPLAUSE and donating to support the future of theatre in Christchurch.

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Render images courtesy of Athfield Architects Limited (NZ) and Haworth Tompkins (London, UK).

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The new Court Theatre 2024

APPLAUSE is your opportunity to be part of The Court Theatre and support the performing arts community.

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Eilish Moran & Fergus Inder, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 2019. Image courtesy of Danielle Colvin Photography.

Made for everybody

The new theatre will be an open invitation to anyone who wants to intimately share the diverse programme of The Court Theatre’s work.

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Adam Rennie, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2019. Image courtesy of Danielle Colvin Photography.

Let us give you a round of Applause

Your support for the new Court Theatre will provide a world-class home for performing arts for decades to come.

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Geoffrey Dolan, That Bloody Woman, 2016. Image courtesy of Michael Smith, Auckland Theatre Company.

Be part of something big

Joining the APPLAUSE for The Court Theatre is support for Christchurch’s ever-expanding cultural scene.

”We were proud to commit early to the new Court Theatre as we feel that a strong arts precinct is integral to the rebuild of our city. The new theatre will showcase excellence in performance, and also provide a unique learning environment for wider education in all aspects of theatre. We are delighted to be involved and our hope is the whole community will enjoy this new space that has been created in our hometown by The Court.”
— Ben & Penny Gough, The Ben Gough Family Foundation

“The Friends are a unique group of loyal and passionate supporters who have given our time, talents and treasures for the first 50 years of The Court Theatre and will continue for the next 50 years and beyond. We are excited for the future of the new Court Theatre and will remain the heart of the new home in the city.”
— Annie Bonifant, The Friends of The Court Theatre Chair

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La Cage aux Folles, 2009.

APPLAUSE NEWS

 
APPLAUSE Newsletter #2
 
APPLAUSE Newsletter #1
 
Cornerstone of the Performing Arts Precinct
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
Q&A Barbara George

Resources

APPLAUSE campaign video

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APPLAUSE campaign brochure

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Frequently asked questions

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Donation form

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Disney's Moana JR., 2021

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You can support The Court Theatre in our mission to build a new home. Contact the APPLAUSE team to discuss making a donation towards the new building.


    Carolyne Grant
    Applause Campaign Manager / Whakatairanga Pūtea
    carolyne.grant@courttheatre.org.nz
    021 660 715

    Barbara George
    Chief Executive / Tumu Whakarae
    barbara.george@courttheatre.org.nz
    027 466 0398

    Postal address: PO Box 268, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand