The Court Theatre
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- 17 years 4 months
Christchurch's Theatre: Entertaining Christchurch since 1971
The Court Theatre is Christchurch's only, and New Zealand's foremost, theatre company offering entertainment of the highest quality throughout the year.
Founded by Yvette Bromley QSM and Mervyn Thompson in 1971, The Court fast became a central part to the cultural life of Christchurch, the Canterbury region and New Zealand as a whole and has gone on to become the most successful arts organisation in New Zealand.
The Court Theatre employs professionals from around the country and internationally, and is dedicated to fostering and supporting local artists. It sustains a full-time professional staff and an ensemble acting company and is administered by The Court Theatre Trust (incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1959). At any one time there can be up to 100 people working full-time at The Court Theatre.
The Court's education programme is among the most comprehensive in the country, providing training for school-age to adults, regularly liaising with High School and Tertiary institutions as well as other community groups. The Court also provides quality entertainment to children with holiday shows and a touring Primary School Show to foster a new generation of theatre lovers.
In addition to these, The Court Theatre employs a troupe of professional improvisors and corporate entertainers. The Court Jesters perform around the country, run regular workshops for school-age to adults and perform New Zealand ’s longest-running comedy show, Scared Scriptless every Friday and Saturday night at The Court Theatre.
As The Court Theatre continues from strength to strength, it remains true to its central goals: the performance, preservation and promotion of the arts of theatre to the highest international standards.
"A kaleidoscope of theatrical treats" is how Artistic Director of The Court Theatre Ross Gumbley describes the 2012-2013 TelstraClear Season.
Hummingbird Coffee have donated $10,000 to The Court Theatre through sales of a special coffee blend created especially as part of the Re:Start project.
Four hundred invited guests celebrated the official opening of The Court Theatre at a black tie event last night.
The Court Theatre’s first production since the February earthquake is the perfect antidote to trying times.
The Court Theatre is moving to a temporary new site in Addington and constructing a purpose-built theatre from which the company will re-establish activities before the end of the year.