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Theatre in Wellington

With a theatre district that spans right across the central city, Wellington is spoiled for choice when it comes to live performance. Choose from comedy, drama or somewhere in between almost every night of the year.

World of WearableArt® Awards Show

Described by Time Magazine as "equal parts couture, choreography and craziness", the annual World of WearableArt Awards Show (September - October) sees over 100 garments from 130 international designers transformed on stage in a distinctive two hour theatrical extravaganza, with stunning sets, soundscapes, dance, lighting and world-class choreography. 

St James Theatre

One of New Zealand’s finest Edwardian lyric theatres, this fully restored heritage building is our main venue for major international touring shows and musical acts. St James Theatre is also right in the heart of Courtenay Place so you're never far from a pre-show bite. Check out what's on

The 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. Find a show at The Opera House

Capital E: National Theatre for Children

This is one for the littlies in your life. Capital E is a magical place where young people experience wonder and joy, often becoming lifelong fans of the theatre. Capital E delivers high quality, creative performance and storytelling for children, including puppetry and music.

Circa Theatre

Circa Theatre has being entertaining Wellington for over 30 years. From presenting the best in New Zealand playwriting to reimagining international classics, Circa deliver thought-provoking, beautifully executed productions in a warm and sociable setting. See what's coming up at Circa

BATS Theatre

Home of hip, underground performance, BATS Theatre offers a glimpse of the very latest in contemporary New Zealand theatre and comedy. It's also the place where the public first fell in love with international Wellington sensations Flight of the Conchords. Check out the latest line-up at BATS

Learning the craft

With creativity everywhere, there's no better place than Wellington to learn the skills and business of professional art. Major theatre, film and poetry institutions include:

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