A waterfront theatre for Wynyard Quarter?

A waterfront theatre for Wynyard Quarter?

Why let Wellington have all the fun?

The Auckland Theatre Company is out to address Auckland's dearth of performing arts venues, spearheading a campaign to build a new theatre in the Wynyard Quarter.

A 600-seat theatre has been identified as the greatest priority for Auckland's performing arts sector and the Coming of Age campaign is out to raise money to make this a reality.

It's a public campaign running alongside a corporate campaign and grant applications. Sponsors on board include ASB, Moller Architects, Kensington Swan, Marshall Day and bka interactive.

Pledges worth $16.5 million have been made so far and ASB has pledged a further $6 million towards shared building costs, but the project needs $35 million to get off the ground. Most of that needs to be locked in by May in order to secure Auckland Council's $10 million commitment.

The ATC says the new theatre will complement Q on Queen Street, providing a smaller, flexible space, and THE EDGE venues for concerts and theatre and attract more international acts.

"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."

ATC will be the anchor tenant, with the new waterfront venue available for use by national and international theatre, dance and opera companies including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Black Grace Dance Company, Auckland Festival and NBR New Zealand Opera.

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