We are so excited to announce our 2021 Meridian Energy Season, packed full of exciting plays, musicals and comedy shows to delight Aotearoa audiences.

Our previous Meridian Energy 20/21 Season was disrupted by Covid-19, with all shows either cancelled or rescheduled.

Thank you to our patrons, supporters, subscribers and sponsors for your patience throughout this year of change. We would like to reassure our subscribers that your tickets for Jersey Boys are reserved - and will be until the priority booking window for this season closes on 21 November. 

You can learn more about The Court’s 2021 Meridian Energy Season, including subscription options, here.


From Tuesday 22 September, The Court Theatre will be operating under Alert Level 1, with no restrictions. 

This means our auditorium will be reopening, with up to 388 audience members for our seasons of Rants in the Dark and Scared Scriptless.

We are still committed to keeping our guests and teams as safe and comfortable as possible, which means we are continuing to thoroughly clean surfaces and encourage patrons to scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer App and frequently wash or sanitise their hands. If you're feeling unwell, we ask that you please do not attend the theatre and let us know by emailing communications@courttheatre.org.nz or calling our box office on 0800 333 100, Monday to Friday between 11am - 1pm. 

We're so excited to be reopening our auditorium and can't wait to welcome you back to the theatre! Kia kaha Aotearoa. 


In light of yesterday's announcement extending Alert Level 2, which restricts gatherings to a maximum of 100 people, some of our planned productions are unable to go ahead and unfortunately we have had to make some changes.

The good news is that we are able to reschedule Rants in the Dark to give us enough time for our situation to improve, and to get our artists safely to Christchurch. The new season will now run from 26 September to 3 October for one week. 

Reluctantly, we have had to cancel Two Worlds, but we have been in touch with the Modern Māori Quartet and hope to be able to work with them in the future.

If you had already booked for Rants in the Dark, our team will be in touch this week with options for your tickets, including transferring your seats. Alternatively, you can email communications@courttheatre.org.nz with your chosen course of action, whether it's rescheduling to a specific date, receiving a credit, refund, or donating the value of your tickets to the theatre. 

In the meantime, Scared Scriptless will be staged in the foyer with Level 2 safety measures in place. The Early Early Late Show will also be going ahead on 6 September in the foyer with Level 2 safety measures in place. Our education programme will be continuing with its well-practised safety measures.

These are indeed challenging times. Please be assured that The Court Theatre team is working hard to ensure that we have great entertainment options for you, that we can deliver in a safe and sustainable way. 

Thank you for your support and patience. We look forward to welcoming you to The Shed for a fantastic night out in the near future. 


Kia ora whānau, please bear with us as we make arrangements for The Court's schedule of programmes under Level 2, which has now been extended until at least 6 September. Our teams are working hard to find solutions and we'll update you as soon as we can.

In the meantime, we can confirm that Scared Scriptless will be running this Friday 28 August in the foyer with The Early Early Late Show running on Sunday 6 September in the foyer. Additional safety measures will be in place, included capped audience numbers.

Please watch this space for further information and thank you for your continued patience and support throughout this difficult time.  


Looking ahead to this weekend's production of Promise & Promiscuity, we can confirm that this sold-out show will still be running with modifications in place to keep everyone safe.

Due to Level 2 restrictions, we need to keep the number of people in the performance space under 100 at each performance. In order to do this, we've added two more shows this Thursday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 6pm to lower our audience numbers at each showing.

Our box office team is currently contacting all patrons to check in about this and confirm bookings.

Our safety measures include limiting capacity to 100 people (including our staff), contact tracing all patrons, regularly sanitising surfaces and using hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the foyer. 

Please contact communications@courttheatre.org.nz if you have any questions or concerns. Kia kaha and stay safe. 


Due to the update in alert level, changes are occurring at The Court Theatre to keep our teams and patrons safe. 

Unfortunately, James Roque is unable to travel from Auckland to perform Boy Mestizo this weekend. We have therefore postponed this show and will confirm the new dates ASAP. 

If you were looking forward to a night of comedy this weekend, we will be running Scared Scriptless Saves the Day on 14 & 15 August, with level 2 safety measures in place.

These include: 

  • Limiting capacity to 100 people, including our staff
  • Contact tracing all patrons
  • Regularly sanitising surfaces, with increased cleaning of all surfaces between performances
  • Using hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the foyer

We ask for your support in keeping our theatre clean and safe, and encourage you and all of our guests and employees to:

  • Always practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently
  • Place rubbish in the bin at the conclusion of your performance
  • Cover coughs/sneezes, dispose of tissues and make use of the available hand sanitiser
  • Refrain from attending the theatre if you're feeling unwell

All Boy Mestizo patrons are being contacted with an option to transfer, credit or refund their tickets. 

We will provide an update if any changes need to be made for Promise & Promiscuity next week. 

Kia kaha & stay safe. 


As you know, the economic impact of lockdown has informed our decisions on what we can stage, with our Artistic Team planning for an updated 2021 season that will be launched in October. This season will start with Jersey Boys on 21 November 2020 and cover the calendar year of 2021.

In the meantime, we’re thrilled to announce an additional three shows before Jersey Boys takes the stage, starting with comedian James Roque’s Fred Award nominated show, Boy Mestizo. Running for two nights only from 14 – 15 August, Boy Mestizo will be staged in the foyer.

ComingSoon2 Image2We will reopen our mainstage theatre with a two-week season of Rants in the Dark from 29 August – 12 September. Based on Emily Writes’ best-selling book, this hilarious and heartfelt look at parenting comes to The Court following sell-out seasons throughout the North Island.  

Then we welcome the Modern Māori Quartet with the New Zealand premiere of their international hit, Two Worlds from 26 September – 10 October. The award-winning quartet will weave together four stories of heart and revelation that unfold the fabric of Māori musical culture.

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We’re so excited to have reopened our doors! You can visit us to book tickets in person Monday to Friday from 11am – 1pm. Our box office will also be open an hour and a half prior to and during showtime for all productions running at The Shed.

AliPenny ImageDue to popular demand, we’ve added extra performances of Up Close & Personal and Promise & Promiscuity!

Don’t miss Ali Harper and jazzman Tom Rainey’s cabaret showcase, with a new matinee running Saturday 8 August at 2pm.

You can catch Penny Ashton’s award-winning hit Promise & Promiscuity with a new matinee running Saturday 22 August at 2pm.

CancelledShows ImageWhile decisions for our 2021 Season are still being finalised, we can now confirm that the following productions have been cancelled.

Noises Off (27 March – 24 April 2021) 
Original Death Rabbit (3 – 24 April 2021)
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (21 April – 1 May 2021) 
Wasted (22 May – 12 June 2021) 
The Gingerbread Man (14 – 24 July 2021)

LadiesNight RescheduledDue to popular demand, we have rescheduled our season of Ladies Night to open on 1 May 2021 as part of our 2021 Season.

GarageSale 1200x636Get your cold coins ready as we open up The Shed for a garage sale packed full of vintage and retro goodies from our overflowing costume department! Prices will range from $2 to $350, as we sell everything from vintage gloves to wedding dresses.

Running on Sunday 2 August 10am – 4pm, bring a gold coin donation to get in on the door, with eftpos available for all other purchases. Help us fundraise while picking up a bargain. 

We can’t thank you enough for your support and patience as we have processed all of your credits, donations and refunds. We hope to see you back at the theatre again soon. 


As you would expect, the economic impact of lockdown has informed our decisions on what we can stage, particularly in the coming months.

With this in mind, we can now confirm that we will be presenting an updated season this October that you can subscribe and book tickets to, starting with Jersey Boys on 21 November and covering the calendar year of 2021.

So many of you told us how much you were looking forward to our September season of Winding Upbut were hesitant about attending the theatre at that time. Therefore, we have moved the show to open on 13 February 2021 as part of our updated season. 

Similarly, The Court Youth Company's thrilling production of Jekyll and Hyde has been rescheduled and will now take the stage from 9 - 12 December 2020. Featuring up-and-coming artists, our Court Youth Company productions always sell out, so we urge you to get in quickly when tickets are on-sale.

While decisions are still being finalized, we can confirm that the following productions have been cancelled. These are a mix of our mainstage, Forge, and kids shows.

The Pied Piper (8 - 18 July 2020) 

O Le Toa (The Adventurous) (3 - 28 August)

On Springfield Road (8 - 29 Aug 2020) 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (22 Aug - 12 Sep 2020) 

Ē Toru (17 - 19 Sep 2020) 

Little Bo Beep and the Sheep Rustlers (30 Sep - 10 Oct 2020) 

Playlist (8 - 12 Dec 2020)

Photograph 51 (20 Feb - 13 March 2021)

Before Jersey Boys begins, we will be opening the theatre with a series of small events next month; The Court Youth Company's production of The Quarantine Diaries kicking off our winter-warmer series from 1 - 4 July.

Celebrating KidsFest, we're hosting ten performances of family-favourite comedy The Early Early Late Show over the school holidays, perfect for kids aged 7 - 12. 

You can also catch six special showings of Scared Scriptless Attempts where our hilarious Court Jesters will take on the challenge of creating a new production every night. All you need to do is pick whether you want to see them attempt witchcraft and wizardry, a romcom or a showstopping musical.

Tickets for these productions will be available from 10 June. We are so incredibly grateful to all of our patrons who have supported us during this time and we can't wait to welcome you back to The Shed!


As we all do our bit to keep safe from COVID-19, we have made the call, with a very heavy heart, to cancel our upcoming season of RENT.

 This has been a heart-breaking decision to make. It would have been fantastic to re-open with this high energy musical, but great things take time, and for us to bring forth this production to the stage in June, our teams would need to be in the early stages of production now. 

We did investigate the possibility of rescheduling this production, however these are uncertain times and we are conscious of the possibility of COVID-19 resurgences as we flatten the curve. This being the case, our company sadly could not risk investing in such a large production knowing it may need to be cancelled at short notice. 

We would like to acknowledge the time, energy and excitement that has been invested into this production, by our teams, audiences, supporters and sponsors. To our patrons and subscribers who have been affected by multiple cancellations in this period, we thank you for the kindness and patience you have extended to us. 

Ticket holders will be contacted by our Box Office team within the next few weeks with a range of options, including a credit, refund, or a donation of their ticket cost. We are incredibly grateful to our patrons who have already chosen to donate their cancelled tickets back to us - we greatly appreciate their generosity and any further donations from our loyal community who support us at these trying times. Should you require a refund, we ask for your patience, as any refunds required will take time. 

We are currently working on a plan for returning to the stage and can't wait to welcome you back to The Shed when we can, with more heart-stopping productions and magical musicals to bring our community together.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support during these trying times. 

Kia kaha, stay safe and be kind.


In compliance with the change in alert level for COVID-19, The Court Theatre is now closed until further notice. 

This means our Box Office is unavailable. Please keep an eye on our website for any information or email us at communications@courttheatre.org.nz if you have any urgent queries. 

Stay safe, keep well and be kind. Kia kaha. 


In light of yesterday’s announcement by the Ministry of Health limiting all indoor gatherings to 100 people or less, we have made the decision to cancel our upcoming season of Lysander's Aunty, in addition to our previously announced cancellations of Hir, The Ferocious Animals Petting Zoo and the April performance of The Early Early Late Show.

This is a sad call to make, especially so close to opening Lysander's Aunty, but we feel it is the only responsible action. So many different people have contributed their time, experience and creativity to bring this show to life, but the safety of our audiences and our teams is our greatest priority.

All tickets holders will be contacted within the coming weeks with a range of options, including a credit, refund, or a donation of your ticket cost. We are incredibly grateful to our patrons who have already chosen to donate their cancelled Hir tickets back to us - we greatly appreciate their generosity and any further donations from our loyal community who support us at these trying times. Should you require a refund, we ask for your patience, as any refunds required will take time. 

In consideration of this new policy, changes have also been made around Scared Scriptless. Tonight’s sold-out performance of Queered Scriptless will be going ahead, as will tomorrow night's Scared Scriptless with a maximum capacity of 100 people, including our front of house staff and ushers. 

After this weekend, all upcoming performances of Scared Scriptless are on hold until further notice. If you'd like to attend tomorrow night's performance, we encourage booking online now. 

As always, we are committed to sharing stories, bringing our community together and inspiring people through theatrical experiences. We are working to create new ways of experiencing theatre, so stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram pages for all updates. 


We are making changes here at The Court Theatre to best protect the safety of our patrons and teams from COVID-19. 

You will have likely read about the closure of Broadway theatres in New York and the postponement of festivals both here and in Australia, due to safety concerns.

It is important to remember that the volume of patrons that The Court receives is not the same as these organisations and that we are closely following guidance from the Ministry of Health to keep our community safe.

As of now, we are safe to keep our doors open. We believe the Arts have an opportunity and an obligation to our community, particularly at times like these.   

The safety of our patrons and teams is paramount however and, with infection cases expected to rise, we have taken the very difficult decision with a heavy heart to cancel our upcoming seasons of Hir, The Ferocious Animals Petting Zoo and the April performance of The Early Early Late Show. 

This decision has not been made lightly, with many factors leading to it, including difficulties around travel. All ticketholders have been contacted with information around how they can exchange their tickets or receive a credit.

Our season of Lysander’s Aunty will still open on 28 March with additional safety measures. 

The current plan is to reduce house numbers to 250 patrons per night, which will allow us to provide additional spaces between audience members. Scared Scriptless will also continue running every Friday and Saturday night with capped and spaced attendances.

With current events changing day by day we will be monitoring the situation closely and reacting accordingly. Rest assured that all ticketholders will be contacted when or if anything changes. All patrons will also receive a pre-show email closer to the time of their performance, reminding them that, if they feel unwell or anyone in their household is self-isolating, they should not attend the theatre and can call our box office on 0800 333 100 to exchange their tickets or receive a Court Theatre credit for future use. 

For audiences attending Lysander's Aunty and Scared Scriptless, we have put a variety of different safety measures in place, including providing hand sanitiser throughout the building and increasing cleaning particularly of surfaces such as doorknobs and arm rests.

We all have a role in slowing the progression of COVID-19 in Aotearoa. Anyone feeling unwell should ring Healthline on the dedicated COVID-19 number at 0800 358 5453 or ring ahead to your general practice to be advised on what to do. You can find detailed information from the Ministry of Health here.

We will continue to follow guidance from the Ministry of Health and encourage you to do so too. We will let you know if we need to take any further steps.

If you currently have tickets for an upcoming performance and would like to change your booking, please contact our box office on 0800 333 100 or by emailing bookings@courttheatre.org.nz.

Arts institutions and practitioners are especially affected by the uncertainty created by the current pandemic to which end we will also be asking if people would like to donate the value of their tickets to the theatre. Should you require a refund, please let us know. In these uncertain times, we ask for your patience as any refunds required will take time. 

We are aware these are challenging times and are working hard to support each other and keep our community safe. We hope you do the same and will continue to join us here at The Court to share laughter and come together. Now, more than ever, we believe this is especially important.