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Nelson Arts Festival presents WILD DOGS UNDER MY SKIRT

Thu 18 Oct - Fri 19 Oct
The Theatre Royal

Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela Polata’ivao and a cast of six powerful Pasefika actresses.

Nelson Arts Festival presents RHIAN SHEEHAN: A QUIET DIVIDE

Sat 20 Oct - Sun 21 Oct
The Theatre Royal

Featuring a full band, a local string section and a dream-like montage of captivating visuals, time-lapse, portraits, animations, landscapes and starscapes, Rhian Sheehan creates a breath-taking son et lumière.

Cry of the Celts

Sat 3 Nov - Sun 4 Nov
The Theatre Royal

Nelson City Brass presents Cry of the Celts. An evening of Celtic music with Musical Director Nigel Weeks conducting Nelson’s own champion band.

Social Climbers

Thu 8 Nov - Fri 9 Nov
The Theatre Royal

New Zealand’s most celebrated playwright Roger Hall pits a groups of female teachers together with a school counsellor and a reluctant daughter for a weekend of bushwalking, sparkling wine and sparkling comedy!

A Christmas Carol – Steampunk Style

Thu 15 Nov - Sat 24 Nov
The Theatre Royal

The Charles Dickens classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge is re-told with a twist, cogs and gears. Everything you’d expect from the well-loved story but told in a way you’ve never seen before.

The ABBA Show

Tue 4 Dec - Wed 5 Dec
The Theatre Royal

Direct from Australia, and following more than 5000 international shows, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute – The ABBA Show – is coming to town!


Fri 7 Dec - Sat 8 Dec
The Theatre Royal

A dance show like never before, showcasing local talent in a fun, vibrant, upbeat extravaganza! With all dance genres including ballet, hip hop and tap there will be something for everyone at this year’s show.


Sat 15 Dec - Sun 16 Dec
The Theatre Royal

An original ballet production with magical music, enchanting images, cinematic effects, narration and all the glamour of the Russian ballet tradition.

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