It’s getting hot in here! The Court Theatre

A Christchurch institution for 50 years, The Court Theatre continues presenting world-class entertainment this May with the classic Kiwi comedy Ladies Night.     The story follows Barry and his friends, who are down on their luck after getting kicked out of a nightclub on a Saturday night. When they find out male strippers are […]

The show has gone on for 50 years

Back in 1971 when The Court Theatre was founded in Christchurch, other professional theatres were also springing up all over the country for the first time. Yet from that era, The Court is the only one to survive, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 21.     A new book – The History […]

The (Jersey) Boys are back in town: The Court Theatre

Get ready for the show of the summer as international hit Jersey Boys makes its Canterbury debut!     Running at The Court Theatre from November 21, Jersey Boys is the Tony-Award winning smash musical that tells the rags-to-riches story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, offering one hell of a night out at […]

Pasifika play returns

Twenty-five years ago, Pasifika play Fresh Off the Boat debuted before New Zealand audiences; now, a new generation can experience this ground-breaking play at The Court Theatre from 19 October to 9 November.     The story follows Charles as he emigrates from Samoa to 1990s Christchurch for a new life in Aotearoa, but he […]

A talent for theatre

Roy Snow is about to take to the stage as Mervyn, the palagi boyfriend of Elizabeth in The Court Theatre’s milestone Pasifika play Fresh off the Boat which is showing at The Court Theatre until 9 November. We caught up with Roy about the role and what we can look forward to.     You’ll […]

Broadway hits NZ

Described by Rolling Stone as “the best rock musical ever”, Broadway hit and four times Tony Award winner Hedwig and the Angry Inch is coming to The Court Theatre May 11 to June 1.     Hedwig is an ‘international ignored song stylist’ whose personal history of sacrifice and struggle, including her botched sex operation, […]

Adam Rennie in the Spotlight: Q&A

Metropol catches up with actor Adam Rennie as he prepares for his first production with The Court Theatre from May 11 to June 1 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch.       When did the acting bug first bite you, Adam? When I was 6 or 7, I was in a production of Oliver […]

From Dinosaurs to Robots

Calling all children of Canterbury! Time-traveller Professor Harriet Wells is coming to The Court Theatre and she wants you to join her as she travels back in time to meet a T-Rex dinosaur, then travels forward in time to meet a talking robot!   Writer Andrew Todd has based his new kids play, Time Machine, […]

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An Odd Couple: The Court Theatre

Ross Gumbley and Mark Hadlow last appeared on stage together in The Court Theatre’s 2010 production Gods of Carnage; now they are to be reunited as mismatched flatmates in the quirky Norwegian comedy play Elling.     Hadlow’s Elling is a neurotic budding poet, while Gumbley’s Kjell is a gentle giant who wants nothing more […]


A Thoroughly Mod Thumbelina: The Court Theatre

Listen up all ye small people, tall people and somewhere-in-between people for some very exciting news! The tiniest girl in the world (she’s no bigger than your thumb) is coming to The Court Theatre and her name, ever so appropriately, is Thumbelina!     The story of Thumbelina was written by Hans Christian Andersen in […]