Theatre lovers will be able to share the joy of theatre with kids throughout Canterbury this festive season as ticket donation scheme the Gift of Theatre returns for a fifth year.

The Gift of Theatre allows people to gift a kids’ show ticket to children in need, distributed through four Canterbury charities: Birthright Canterbury, New Zealand Red Cross, Pillars and Cholmondeley. This year, Gift of Theatre tickets will be for The Court’s summer kids show, Thumbelina.

When purchasing tickets (all $10 each) audiences can choose which charity they’d like to donate their Thumbelina tickets to – if not all four. 

Thumbelina, written and directed by Court Jester Emma Cusdin, reinvents the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, telling the story of a tiny girl embarking on a big adventure to find a new home for herself – and hopefully some friends along the way. 

For Artistic Director Ross Gumbley, the Gift of Theatre is important as it makes the theatre more accessible for a diverse audience. 

“The Gift of Theatre is important because the arts are important. To be able to bring an experience like that to somebody who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it or wouldn’t be aware that that was an option for them, is to give a gift of expanding somebody’s life. Is there anything better you can do than that?”

DONATE NOW TO THE GIFT OF THEATRE

  • Or, donate a ticket to all four charities:

DONATE THE GIFT OF THEATRE TO ALL FOUR CHARITIES