The Theatre Royal has a team of dedicated staff with many years experience. We will ensure you receive the attention and skill needed to make sure your vision becomes reality for your production or event.
The Theatre Royal Nelson is a beautifully restored ‘A’ listed theatre with 340 quality comfortable seats over two levels all with unobstructed views.
The theatre is multi purpose and is also capable of configurations for cabaret and concert style performance. A section of the seating in the stalls can be removed allowing the auditorium to go from seated to flat floor.
The Theatre is suitable to hire for a variety performances including traditional stage plays, international productions, children’s productions, comedy, dance and community events.
The Theatre Royal is a sought after venue for many performing arts organisations in the Nelson Tasman region and for national and international producers.
Recent concerts and entertainment highlights
During the theatre’s history we have presented a complete range of theatrical and concert entertainment and recent highlights include
- Miriam Margolyes
- Sir Ian McKellen
- The Ten Tenors
- New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
- Gin Wigmore
- Dora the Explorer
- The Nelson Arts Festival
- The Loons Circus Theatre Company
- Black Grace Dance Company
- Ben McDonald national touring productions
- The Moscow Ballet
The Theatre Royal is an intimate theatrical venue where audiences can experience the thrill of live performance.
Working in Partnership
Collaboration and partnership is at the heart of the performing arts and we welcome and encourage companies and independent artists.
Our aim is to assist artists and independent companies to achieve their artistic and financial objectives. Visiting companies with a successful production history are to provide a full and efficient company capable of presenting their production and the Theatre Royal provides the following.
Support for artists:
No rental – Companies receive 70% the box office at the end of the performance period.
The following services are provided to visiting companies:
Marketing support including opening night invitations to press, industry and guests/sponsors (postage costs are shared in accordance to the box office split – 70% is paid by the visiting company, 30% by the Theatre Royal).
Publicity – including pre publicity, reviews in mainstream and local press, radio interviews and extensive web marketing
Direct e-marketing – to our audience – including our Royal Family members, regular patrons, local residents, the arts sector in Nelson, student bodies and your targeted audience. Excellent advertising rates with the local media (print & radio).
A beautifully restored theatre! The auditorium seats 340 patrons and all sound, lighting and technical support is offered at a small cost of $40 per hour.
Production/Management support including production meetings and your scheduling requirements.
Telephone and on-line booking service via TicketDirect– operated daily and online. Door sales are available at the theatre.
Full front of house service and support
Production advice and mentoring for new co-operatives, companies and artists
The Theatre Royal is in the heart of Nelson – close to many restaurants, cafes and hotels. The theatre also operates a licensed bar.