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Performance theatres and venues

From classic theatres to boutique venues, art lovers can take their pick from exciting performances and nightly shows. Enjoy live performance at its best at Circa Theatre and Bats, while the Opera House, Michael Fowler Centre and St James Theatre are larger venues that house ballet, opera, music and more.

St James Theatre

One of New Zealand’s finest Edwardian lyric theatres, this fully restored heritage building is the Wellington venue for opera, dance and major musical shows, and is home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The art deco foyer houses the Jimmy Café and Bar – a great place to meet for a pre-show bite. (77-87 Courtenay Place)

Michael Fowler Centre

Award-winning architecture and world-class acoustics make the Michael Fowler Centre a venue of choice for musical extravaganzas, this sought after space is a Wellington gem unlike any other. (111 Wakefield Street)

Opera House

The Opera House is where history meets heritage. A masterpiece of early 1900s architecture and home to the NZ International Comedy Festival when it’s in town, the Opera House has been a much loved social and entertainment venue since it first opened back in 1914. (111-113 Manners Street)

BATS Theatre

BATS provides theatregoers with an exciting and unpredictable live show experience nearly every night throughout the year. The theatre encompasses an intimate auditorium and two cosy bars, providing the perfect night out in downtown Wellington. (Corner Cuba & Dixon Street).

Circa Theatre

With a history of exceptional performance and reputation for excellence, Circa provides Wellington with shows that are all class. (1 Taranaki Street)

 "A powerhouse of the arts in the Southern Hemisphere."
- Going Places Magazine