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December 14, 2023


From 16 February – 9 March, creators hailing from overseas as well as Aotearoa will be gracing stages around the capital city. In the three-week season, there will be 800+ artists presenting a huge 160+ creative, boundary-pushing and diverse events.

December 11, 2023

Ngā Whakarākei O Whātaitai presents the 32nd Annual Wellington Theatre Awards of 2023

Sunday 10th December | 7:30pm | Hannah Playhouse

December 4, 2023

EMERGING REVIEWERS PROGRAMME – Theatreview  September 2023

A diverse group of participants gathered at the Le Moana space upstairs on Taranaki Street. This was an excellent light filled space , with kitchen facilities offered by the organisation for a koha of $100.

November 28, 2023

Registrations for the PANNZ (Performing Arts Network New Zealand) Arts Market 2024 are now open!

Nau mai, haere mai to Aotearoa's premiere event for artists, producers, presenters and industry leaders from across the performing arts sector.

November 27, 2023

Presenting the highly anticipated 2023 WELLINGTON THEATRE JUDGES AWARD NOMINATIONS!

Congratulations to all the exceptional nominees. Prepare for an evening filled with anticipation as we reveal the community nominations and winners at the grand event on Sunday, December 10. Join us for an enchanting evening that pays tribute to the heartbeat of Wellington's vibrant theatre community!

November 13, 2023

Comments on review of “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Emilie Hope’s review of the National Theatre Live at Home production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” is a remarkable piece of writing.

November 9, 2023

Jennifer Shennan pays tribute to Sir Jon Trimmer

Dancer, actor, mime, mentor. Gardener, painter, potter. Son, brother, husband. Friend, and citizen of Paekākāriki. Calm, kind, intuitive, funny, disciplined, loyal, supportive, discreet, gracious, grateful.

October 29, 2023

Sir Jon Trimmer left his beautiful dancing body on the morning of October 26th 2023. Vale Jon T. Thank you.

That evening Kerry Prendergrast acknowledged his passing, with a well-placed tribute, at the opening of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's season of Hansel and Gretel. The performance was dedicated to him. The company’s enduring legacy is, in part, attributable to Sir Jon Trimmer. He was a dancer in their ranks for 60 years, their kaumātua, and an ever gracious, humble yet consummate artist who brought majesty and magic to the stage. Offstage, always kind, always with a twinkle in his eye and a smile. We will keep you posted about events to mark his life.

October 28, 2023

Commemorating Douglas Wright on his birthday.

An event curated and hosted by Jennifer Shennan was held to celebrate his work. It is hoped this will become an annual event.

October 28, 2023

MFA in Theatre (Creative Practice) Enrolments Open for 2024

Apply by 1 December 2023. Go to: www.wgtn.ac.nz/study/apply-enrol

October 26, 2023

Creative NZ’s Financial Future Laid Bare 

"All indications are that there will be less pūtea to support the sector next financial year and beyond than in recent years" – CNZ Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright explains what lies ahead for leading arts funder.

September 22, 2023

Te Whare Tapere Tirohanga Hou

We are delighted to announce a reo name for Theatreview: Te Whare Tapere Tirohanga Hou.

September 15, 2023

Comment on review of “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche”

"I would like to point out that both the setting for this play ..."

September 2, 2023

Comment on review of “Play With Your Food 2010: Café Theatre”

It is worth noting that after the performance John reviewed, Barry was persuaded to see a doctor ...

August 15, 2023

Comment on review of “No Freedom Without You”

The review by John Smythe of the production No Freedom Without You written on 22nd Feb 2008 had some inaccuracies about the musical play....

July 24, 2023

Less than a Month till NZ Fringe 2024 Registrations Open

... less than ONE MONTH till registrations for 2024 open at 5 pm on the 18th of August and remain open until October when we will announce the applications for both Kākano and Living Wage Funding. It's all go here at NZ Fringe!

July 5, 2023

Applications are now open for The Performance Arcade 2024

The Performance Arcade is looking for works to present in their fourteenth annual presentation on Wellington Waterfront.

July 1, 2023


Thinking about what would be lost if these cuts proceed has led me to attempt a brief history of our Theatre Programme.  As a graduate and a staff member here for nearly 25 years, I’ve witnessed first-hand the massive contribution this programme has made to the arts in Wellington, in Aotearoa and beyond.

June 18, 2023

Comment on review of “Sax Appeal”

"The Pepsi Light version of the Flight of the Conchords indeed (I'm kidding, its Tough Tiger Fist baby)! ..."

May 29, 2023

Comment on review of “Romeo and Juliet 2023”

"Well put, the Royal New Zealand Ballet has a rich repertoire of works that haven’t been seen in sometime."

May 19, 2023

Comments on review of “Maria Williams – ADHD – The Musical”

"Kia ora Cordy and theatreview! thank you for coming for the show! I must admit I am slightly confused by this review..." and other "You nailed it Cordy!..."

May 18, 2023

Comment on review of “Guy Montgomery – My Brain is Blowing Me Crazy”

"What interests me most about Guy Montgomery is the way he satirises ignorance and stupidity..."

May 9, 2023

Comment on review of “Kōpū”

"The etymological explanation of woman v wahine was a high point and it was onward and upward from there..."

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