THE COURT DEPENDS ON US
There are 2,000 Court Supporters. We are all passionate about ensuring live theatre thrives. Each year we give The Court tens of thousands in funding, most of which is usually to sponsor one mainstage show. This funding comes from our membership fees, fundraisers and donations.
Our volunteers are the ushers that show you to your seats, saving The Court about $200,000 each year in ushering costs.
Our volunteers also operate the Coffee Bar and after every mainstage opening night show we provide free bubbles and a delicious supper.
We are proud of the support we give The Court, ensuring we can all continue to enjoy wonderful, enthralling live theatre.
Enjoy these benefits as a Supporter
- Discounted seat prices.
- Eligibility to join our volunteer ushering teams - so popular we have a waiting list.
- Invitations to special events with cast, crew and staff.
- Our quarterly Court Cues e-newsletter for all the behind the scenes details and stories about the theatre’s writers, directors, stars and staff.
- Adult Single $40
- Adult Double $55
- Senior (65+ yrs) Single $30
- Senior (65+ yrs) Double $45
- Youth (<25 yrs) Single $25
Message from the Chair
The winter of discontent is over- or so we thought just a few days ago.
We are now celebrating a major milestone in our move to the city centre. This project, started so enthusiastically seven plus years ago by Philip Aldridge, Ross and the team, and now finally carried into action by Barbara, Ross and their team. The signing of the Development Agreement is possibly the biggest decision we have made since coming to The Shed and was signed off on 7 July. The concept design period begins now with the expectation of the new theatre being opened in the Performing Arts Precinct of the CBD in 2023.
Seventy Supporters joined together for a mid-winter lunch in the foyer a few weeks ago. They were entertained by the highly amusing Court Jesters and then regaled by the Chief Executive herself. We all came away full of good food wine and spirit. Humour certainly is the best medicine.
So successful was the day that we feel we will repeat it towards the end of the year, possibly with a Christmas theme.
We have taken the first steps in planning for the 50th anniversary of The Court. Yes, in April next year we will have been operating as The Court Theatre for half a century!
I think this may be something of a record in New Zealand. This anniversary will also be marked with our name change - Friends of The Court Theatre. We will certainly keep you informed of these plans so we can celebrate together.
Please look out for the new shows running at The Shed, with a variety of material being performed in the foyer and on the stage. Something for everyone.
Just a note about Covid. The team at The Court Theatre will continue to update their website with the latest information.
Remember, “You need three things in theatre- the play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something” - Kenneth Haigh.
THE COURT'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE - A GREAT SUPPORTER
The best thing my husband and I did this year is join The Supporters, and we are very proud of this and wanted you to know.
As Chief Executive of The Court Theatre, I see almost all of the comings and goings in our beloved Shed, as well as the outreach programmes we take into the community, and we are so very grateful to The Court Supporters for all that they (we) do to ensure the smooth running of this professional and exceptionally busy theatre company.
We see The Supporters who usher our audiences to their seats, care for our patrons, and ensure that there is a celebratory glass of bubbles after the opening night show. We see the lovely plates of supper, and so many friendly faces who make all who attend very welcome indeed.
What I also get to see behind the scenes is an incredibly hard working committee who are master organisers who attend to every little membership detail, communications, raffle ticket sales, and event promotion. They support The Court Theatre and our people in every way.
I encourage you to join The Court Supporters as we have – you will be part of something that creates enduring friendships and is so much fun. We are ready to welcome you.
Chief Executive / Tumu Whakarae
The Court Theatre
Supporters Pub Quiz Night
Due to Covid-19 this event has been cancelled, but we hope to reschedule in the near future.
The Court Cues is the Supporters' quarterly newsletter, sent to members via email. You can view The Court Supporters' blog, with all newsletter stories here, or read our previous issues below: