New Theatre on Waterfront
All I can say is – stunning, much needed and please support this campaign. Auckland Theatre Company today launched the website and plans for their swanky new theatre. The Coming of Age campaign will hopefully help build a theatre in the Wynyard Quarter – Auckland’s exciting new business and entertainment district. The redevelopment of the quarter has breathed new life into this historic area and opened a new side of Auckland for its residents and visitors. The new theatre will add an extra dimension to the waterfront and substantially contribute to the ‘after five economy’. Aucklanders and visitors will be able to enjoy dinner, a show, a stroll along the waterfront and much more, all within easy reach of the CBD. Auckland lacks the diversity of venues needed to become a leading creative and cultural hub. The new waterfront theatre will provide a state-of-the art 600-seat space for theatre and dance. It will complement Q on Queen Street, providing a smaller, flexible theatre space, and THE EDGE® providing a host of venues for concerts and theatre. Along with the newly-renovated Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland can truly become a city proud of its cultural infrastructure. As well as being a fantastic asset for Auckland, the benefits of the theatre will also be experienced by New Zealand as a whole. A better arts infrastructure in Auckland will attract more international talent and provide a venue for touring national companies.
A 600-seat theatre has been identified the single greatest priority for Auckland’s performing arts sector. Auckland Theatre Company has launched the Coming of Age campaign to raise the money to build a theatre to meet this need. Auckland Theatre Company will be the anchor tenant, with the new waterfront theatre available for use by national and international theatre, dance and opera companies including:
Royal New Zealand Ballet
Black Grace Dance Company
NBR New Zealand Opera
Pledges worth $16.5 million have been made to the project, of the $35 million needed to build the theatre. ASB has also pledged a further $6 million towards shared building costs. Applications have also been submitted to a number of major trusts and foundations, and an application will also be submitted to NZ Lottery Grants Board in due course. Sponsorship for the project is being sought from businesses (both large and small). The Coming of Age public campaign is running alongside the corporate campaign and grant applications. If you are interested in making a donation, please click here. If you would like to become part of the theatre’s Founders’ Club by making a significant capital contribution, please contact Linden Tierney on 09 309 0390 ext. 272. The new waterfront theatre needs the public’s continued support and advocacy for the project. Please visit their Get Involved page for information on how you can voice your support. The majority of the funding needs to be pledged by May in order to secure Auckland Council’s $10 million commitment, which is vital to the success of the project. It is expected ground will be broken in August/September 2012, commencing an 18 month build process. The current projection for the opening of the new waterfront theatre is early 2014.