August 29, 2011
$500,000 FOR THE COURT – GREAT NEWS FOR CHCH AUDIENCES
Fundraising to relocate Christchurch’s Court Theatre to a former grain store in Addington has been boosted with a $500,000 earthquake emergency assistance grant from Creative New Zealand.
The $4.6 million project will see the development of “The Shed”, housing an auditorium similar in layout to the intimate, original “Court One” with offices, dressing rooms, a set workshop and public facilities.
“Creative New Zealand has been strongly supportive throughout this very difficult time and this grant is another step along the path to ensuring the theatre is open to the public in December this year,” says The Court Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ross Gumbley.
The closure of the theatre has been felt very keenly by the city and Gumbley says the grant from Creative New Zealand is significant and greatly appreciated.
Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright believes the speed at which The Court Theatre has moved to find new premises and then develop their plans, demonstrates the can-do, resilience of the local community.
“The Shed” will provide a focal point for the regeneration of the city and a welcome source of entertainment and inspiration for the people of Christchurch. We are delighted that we can support such a great initiative,” he says.
The new development will also have space available in the foyer which will be large enough accommodate a stage for performers, speeches or to display art.
The Court is New Zealand’s longest continuously running theatre and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.