September 29, 2011


The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has today announced funding of $2.5 million towards the Court Theatre’s fundraising campaign to build a new theatre in Addington.

“Most performing arts venues have suffered damage and been closed since the February earthquake. The Court was red-stickered, along with most of the buildings in the Arts Centre,” says Trustee Dr Rod Carr.

“The arts scene simply cannot flourish in Christchurch without the infrastructure required to present performances. The Court’s new venue will provide some relief to the current situation, and helps to provide a bridge to the future for the arts sector which is urgently needed.

“The Court is an iconic theatre. It is New Zealand’s largest and most productive theatre company. This project will ensure that The Court can continue to operate, opening the doors for over 150,000 Cantabrians and visitors who visit this theatre each year.” 

The Court Chief Executive, Philip Aldridge says “We are immensely grateful to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust. It is a major donation and significantly boosts our campaign.”

“Support like this from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust recognises the importance of the cultural infrastructure in the rebuild of the city. We all want and need to be entertained which is even more important in times of stress and recovery. The theatre still has a way to go and so the fundraising drive continues and we remain determined to open in December.”

The Court has recently announced Dame Maggie Smith as Patron of the Court fundraising campaign and a total of $4.6 million is needed for the theatre to re-open at the end of this year.

The Court runs a comprehensive programme each year which includes up to 22 plays, an education and training programme for children, youth and adults, as well as offering entertainment to children and families with holiday shows and a touring primary school show.

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