31/03/2020

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.

23/03/2020

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. 

20/03/2020

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. 

16/03/2020

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.