War Memorial Theatre Gisborne

War Memorial Theatre Gisborne


Get your boost on this weekend!

Harry Barker - Drive Thru open now - 6:30pm

Rugby Park - Drive Thru 10am - 2pm
War Memorial Theatre 10am - 2pm

Harry Barker - Drive Thru 10am - 2pm
War Memorial Theatre 10am - 2pm
We are open!!

2 opportunities for vaccination today in town.

⭐️War Memorial Theatre Gisborne 10am - 2pm - for families (child Vax included)
⭐️ Rugby Park 10am - 1pm - (1st, 2nd, booster only, no child vax)

Rugby Park
Drive Thru - 10am to 1pm

War Memorial Theatre Gisborne
Kids Clinic - 10am to 2pm

Plus: ⬇️

Matawai 10am to 1pm (Matawai School)

Waerenga -o-kuri Hall 10am to 1pm
Unitec Performing & Screen Arts alumni feature among 200 artists and performers in this year’s Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival in Gisborne on October 8-17. This year will focus strongly on Māori and Pasifika dance. Unitec Dance alumnus (2017), Raisedinland Iose has a featured work called ‘XY’ Only as part of a Pacific Dance Festival double feature at the War Memorial Theatre Gisborne on 13 October. On 10 October, Atamira Dance Company Artistic Director and Unitec alumnus Jack Gray marks 21 years of the Company with their collaborative new work Te Wheke by Atamira Dance Company. The work brings together leading names in contemporary dance including alumni, Louise Potiki Bryant, Dolina Wehipeihana, Kelly Nash, Gabrielle Thomas, Bianca Hyslop and Sean MacDonald. #unitecnz #unitecgrad #unitecdance #tetairawhitiartsfestival

'XY' Only https://tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz/events/pacific-dance-festival-present-double-bill-atalii-o-le-crezent-and-xy-only/

Te Wheke https://tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz/events/te-wheke/
Hey Gisborne!
Sometimes the cold does bother you anyway… so why not be warm and dry and come visit us tomorrow at the War Memorial Theatre Gisborne? Tickets are still available for the 10:30am and 1pm shows from Ticketek https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=LETITGO21&v=TBC&p=ETBC2021811E
❄️ We hope to see you there! #LetItGoNZ

It is with great excitement that we announce that A Celtic Christmas by A Taste of Ireland is embarking on a New Zealand National Tour this November & December for the very first time.

Nov 24 - Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson
Nov 25 - NBS Theatre, Westport
Nov 26 - Regent Theatre Greymouth, Greymouth
Nov 27 - Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
Nov 29 - Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka
Nov 30 - Oamaru Opera House, Oamaru
Dec 1 - St James Theatre Gore, Gore
Dec 2 - Civic Theatre - Invercargill Invercargill
Dec 3 - The Regent Theatre Dunedin
Dec 4 - Ashburton Trust Event Centre, Ashburton
Dec 7 - Carterton Events Centre, Carterton
Dec 8 - Regent on Broadway Palmerston North
Dec 9 - TSB Showplace New Plymouth
Dec 10 - Royal Whanganui Opera House, Whanganui
Dec 11 - Wellington Opera House Wellington
Dec 12 - Napier Municipal Theatre Napier
Dec 14 - War Memorial Theatre Gisborne, Gisborne
Dec 15 - Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
Dec 17 - Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga, Tauranga
Dec 19 - Forum North, Whangarei
Dec 20 - The Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Kerikeri
Dec 21 - Great Lakes Centre - Taupo, Taupo

PRESALE - Thursday July 15th (9am) - Wednesday August 11th (11:59pm)
ONSALE: Thursday August 12th, unless otherwise sold out.

Be sure to take advantage of our presale discounted pricing with
UP TO 21% OFF beginning Thursday!🍀 Our presale offers are limited and are a one-time only offer.

You don't want to miss out on our presale tickets or the show of the season. Head to our website, and RSVP to your location to be the first to receive our presale links in your inbox. 🎄

2021 - We’re here for it!

Tickets on sale via Ticketek Tuesday 8th June 🎩

📸 Zara Staples
🖊 Timothy Livingston
📍 War Memorial Theatre Gisborne
💃🏻 Giorgia Hart

Door sales available!

Doors 7pm
Showtime 8pm
Dancing Queen: A Tribute to ABBA - the premier live ABBA tribute.

- Tell us your FAVOURITE ABBA song and you could score a Double Pass for Mon 23 Nov at the War Memorial Theatre Gisborne

CONGRATS @Vicki Squires 🎉
TINA Simply The Best is an electrifying Tina Turner full stage production concert experience brimming with Tina hits.

- Tell us your FAVOURITE Tina Turner song and you could score a Double Pass for Mon 9 Nov at the War Memorial Theatre Gisborne!
The Shows Must Go On will be an experience you will never forget - with stunning backdrops and an exquisite cast of some of our best international performers.

CONGRATS Heather Arnold - you've won a family pass (4 tickets) for Sun 25 Oct at the War Memorial Theatre Gisborne
It’s closing weekend of #TTAF for 2020. And last chance to snap up some tickets to see our shows! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 We have #SoldOut tickets for both performances for Witi’s Wāhine and Dragons Diva Den today, and Ka Pō, Ka Waiata tomorrow evening BUT there are tickets selling this evening to see🎵 Maisey Rika at the War Memorial Theatre Gisborne🎵 . Door sales available from 6pm to start at 7pm.

And tickets are still selling for our Festival Club show tomorrow evening to see Gitbox Rebellion at the Marina Restaurant.

We also have a few seats left for tonight’s performance of Every Brilliant Thing at Te Poho o Whirikoka, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, 8pm. Numbers are extremely limited. These are the last seats in the house!

Make the most of our closing weekend! Gather your group and BOOK NOW. Head to 👉https://tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz/


The Gisborne War Memorial Theatre is a state of the art performance venue, seating 500. Our calendar of events includes world class music, drama, dance and local community productions.

Available to hire for touring shows, conferences and events. In its journey from community hall to state of the art 500-seat venue, Gisborne's War Memorial Theatre is the region's top choice for engaging the Tairawhiti community with the performing arts, music, culture and heritage. From standout international acts to local productions, from comedy to dramatic theatre, musicals, opera and ballet,

Operating as usual


Whanau vaccination clinic again this SATURDAY at War Memorial Theatre. Opening hours 10am - 2pm.

Omicron is here. Protect your whanau and our health system by getting everyone vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19.

with Hauora Tairāwhiti

Photos from War Memorial Theatre Gisborne's post 23/02/2022

A fresh coat of paint on the stage! Looking forward to seeing the performers bring it to life!


Whanau vaccination clinic again this Saturday and Sunday at War Memorial Theatre. Opening hours 10am - 2pm.

Omicron is here. Protect your whanau by getting everyone vaccinated or boosted against Covid-19. Children from age 5 can get the jab.

with Hauora Tairāwhiti


Whanau vaccination clinic this Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm at War Memorial Theatre. All are welcome, naumai haere mai ❤


Kia ora whanau, Super Shot Kids will be happening again this weekend at War Memorial Theatre with Hauora Tairāwhiti

Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 2pm.

Noho ora mai


In solidarity with
thanks Creative Lighting Design


Get the kids vaccinated to protect them as they head back to school. Super Shot Kids this Sunday at War Memorial Theatre 10am - 2pm. There will be snacks, drinks, music and movies to watch on the big screen! 🙂

While arts and performance events are on hold, War Memorial Theatre and GDC are using this space to assist and provide for the community. Kia ora, kia kaha, kia noho whakakotahi. Naumai haere mai.


Sad announcement: Musical Theatre Gisborne regrettably advise that due to restrictions imposed under the Red Light setting of the Government’s Covid 19 Protection Framework, Annie: The Musical at the Gisborne War Memorial Theatre from 22-30 April 2022 had to be cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.

All purchased tickets will receive a full refund. Tickets purchased online by credit or debit card (including Afterpay) will be refunded in full (including ticket insurance premium, if relevant). Patrons should allow up to 30 working days for the refund to appear in their account. There is no need to contact Ticketek. If you no longer have the card account used for the purchase, or if you purchased in person at the iSite please email your bank details to: [email protected] along with your full details.S

We are really sad and disappointment to announce that our April show Annie is now cancelled.


Statement from New Zealand Symphony Orchestra:

With New Zealand moving to Red in the Covid-19 Protection Framework, we have made the decision to cancel our upcoming Baroque Series tour, The Art of Fugue.

The Art of Fugue tour was to begin in Wellington on 11 February, followed by concerts in Paraparaumu, Gisborne, Whakatāne, Tauranga, Auckland and Kerikeri until 19 February. The restrictions on capacity and physical distancing required for public events at Red mean we are no longer able to perform these concerts.

All ticket holders will be refunded.


Our hearts are sad with the news of cancellation. Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival have made the conscious decision to put the safety of the community first ❤ Doesn't make it any easier tho' 😥 Arohanui to the organisers and all the artists involved.

Due to the recent community outbreak of COVID-19 Omicron and the move to a Red Light in the COVID Protection Framework across Aotearoa, it is with heavy hearts that Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival’s special, postponed Summer event has been cancelled.

CEO and Artistic Director Tama Waipara says, “With this already being a moved event, a further postponement is not viable at this time. We support the Government’s efforts to keep our people safe and well, and will continue to plan for our usual festival later in 2022.

“Our sincerest aroha goes out to all our artists, crew, suppliers, ticket holders and community who have backed us since our inception in 2019. We look forward to returning later in the year with the full might of our creative abundance in Tūranga-nui-ā-Kiwa and the wider Te Tairāwhiti region.”

The cancelled events are:

La Vie En Rose
Hīhi - A Song of Place
Deva Mahal
Louis Baker
Anna Coddington and Julia Deans
All That Glitters is Gizzy
Homecoming Queens
Dragons Diva Den
Black Sea Golden Ladder with Troy Kingi and Delaney Davidson
The F Word with Tami Neilson
Sunshine Soul Sessions

All tickets will be refunded or able to be donated. Ticket holders will be contacted directly by iTicket however due to the high volume of event changes across the country at the moment, this process may be slower than usual.

The annual, proudly local arts festival will return to its usual spot later in the year. The full programme will be announced mid-year. For more information in the meantime, please visit www.tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

The Art of Fugue 13/01/2022

The Art of Fugue

Vesa-Matti Leppänen Director/Violin
Robert Orr Oboe

Bach Selection from the Art of Fugue
Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D
Rameau Les Boréades Suite

The NZSO’s popular Baroque Series returns with masterpieces from Bach and Rameau.

The Art of Fugue is one of Bach’s most well-known Organ works. Here though, you’ll see and hear the complex and fugal interplay performed in an entirely different way with this arrangement for string orchestra.

Section Principal Oboe Robert Orr and NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen are sure to bring their special magic to the intricate interweaving parts of Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin before Rameau’s dramatic, almost Operatic Les Boréades Suite.

Tickets are now on sale for this concert on Tues 15 Feb at Gisborne War Memorial Theatre. To book please click on the link below

The Art of Fugue The NZSO’s Baroque Series returns with masterpieces from Bach and Rameau.


With Orange light on the cards for the new year, we are very pleased to announce that the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will be with us on Tues 15 February! The popular Baroque Series will bring us "The Art of Fugue" with a rich and exciting programme.

Tickets on sale from 16 Dec from Ticketek and the Gizzy i-Site.


Inspiring work by Dancefit Studios Limited ! What a great achievement bringing their year end concert to fruition. 🎵🎶🤩

At the conclusion of the fourteenth year I sit at the lighting desk speechless. Never in my dancing dreams did I anticipate this. It’s safe to say my emotions have peaked - I’m smiling out to the kids but internally I’m a crying mess. This has been the hardest event to organise and now actually accept. This is it.

A theatres purpose is to co-exist in a shared space between maker and audience. Not only do we create an experience for dancers who are performing, we are sharing the choreography with our fellow audience members that acknowledge it and join the journey we are on.

I originally planned this end of year show to be titled “ENCORE”.
500 empty red seats in-front of me today - there will be no encore. The feeling in here is simply surreal.

Our dancers have trained so damn hard the past six months, and (YES) I know they are still just as excited to dress up, get under the colourful lights, feel the vibration of the music and dance “like no ones watching”.

To our loyal clientele - I now blame you for the tears I shed. You’ve shown us nothing but gratitude and support with this sub-event. Everyone has absorbed the info and shown up ready to go. Parents you are our silent cheerleaders - and we just could not do this without you.

Today is a milestone and an honour to be filming “Permission to Dance with Somebody”. I cannot wait for the entertainment industry to regain its former state and share these four walls with you all again.

On behalf of my sailors and all the passengers on this almighty ship we •T H A N K • Y O U •

This one is for you x

The Uniquely Paul Ubana Jones 01/12/2021

The Uniquely Paul Ubana Jones

Hey everyone, get your tickets now to see Paul Ubana Jones at Lawson Field Theatre next February!

* * Great Xmas gift idea! 🎄 * *

The Uniquely Paul Ubana Jones Paul Ubana Jones is on tour and coming to Gisborne!


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the 7 DAYS LIVE tour has been POSTPONED to next year.

Our new date is 24 June 2022 - a FRIDAY NIGHT!!! This will be awesome.

All of you ticket holders will be receiving an email from Ticketek. You can hold on to your tickets for June, or request a refund.

There are a few tickets left, so for those of you who haven't sorted your tickets yet, recommend getting onto it.. nearly sold out! 😉

Now it's easier to send War Memorial Theatre Gisborne a message. 26/10/2021

Now it's easier to send War Memorial Theatre Gisborne a message.

Now it's easier to send War Memorial Theatre Gisborne a message.


"A Celtic Christmas" by A Taste of Ireland, which was due to play at War Memorial Theatre on December 14th has been postponed to 2022. All your tickets remain valid. Please look out for an email from Ticketek. We look forward to presenting this amazing show next year. 💃🕺

To our valued ticket holders,

Due to New Zealand’s most recent COVID restrictions, ‘A Celtic Christmas’ 2021 New Zealand Tour has been postponed until 2022.

At present, the indoor event capacity is limited, and with many of our audiences sitting above this quota, we have worked tirelessly to reschedule our New Zealand tour dates in order to provide the best and safest experience for all our venues, patrons and team.

All tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled dates (listed below) and all patrons will be contacted directly by each venue and/or the relevant ticketing companies in due course. We ask you to hold onto your tickets for the postponed dates.

Postponements affect our crew, management, performers, venues, partners and so many more, and it is only through your ongoing support that we are able to bring our productions to New Zealand.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful venue staff who have worked around the clock to make the postponement of our tour possible as well as all of our patrons for their ongoing support throughout and post the pandemic environment.

Whilst this is certainly not an ideal situation - the show must go on! And we have no doubt that when it does, it will be well worth the wait.

**A Celtic Christmas - 2022 New Zealand Tour Dates**

Tuesday November 22nd, 2022 - Regent Theatre Greymouth, Greymouth
Wednesday November 23rd, 2022 - Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson
Thursday November 24th, 2022 - NBS Theatre, Westport
Saturday November 26th, 2022 - Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
Sunday November 27th, 2022 - Oamaru Opera House, Oamaru
Tuesday November 29th, 2022 - Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka
Wednesday November 30th, 2022 - St James Theatre Gore, Gore
Thursday December 1st, 2022 - Civic Theatre - Invercargill, Invercargill
Friday December 2nd, 2022 - The Regent Theatre, Dunedin
Saturday December 3rd, 2022 - Ashburton Trust Event Centre, Ashburton
Thursday December 8th, 2022 - Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
Friday December 9th, 2022 - TSB Showplace, New Plymouth
Saturday December 10th, 2022 - Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Sunday December 11th, 2022 - Opera House, Wellington
Tuesday December 13th, 2022 - War Memorial Theatre Gisborne, Gisborne
Wednesday December 14th, 2022 - Carterton Events Centre, Carterton
Thursday December 15th, 2022 - Royal Whanganui Opera House, Whanganui
Friday December 16th, 2022 - Baycourt Addison Theatre, Tauranga
Sunday December 18th, 2022 - Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier
Tuesday December 20th, 2022 - Forum North, Whangarei
Wednesday December 21st, 2022 - Turner Centre, KeriKeri
Thursday December 22nd, 2022 - Great Lakes Centre, Taupo

Pace Live

Photos from War Memorial Theatre Gisborne's post 13/10/2021

TE ARA I WHITI is on in Marina Park until this Sunday 17th! Make sure you bring the whanau down to enjoy the lights and the music! Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival


Back To Live

CALLING ALL KIWIS… The Aotearoa live music, entertainment and concert
sector needs your help!
With the current COVID-19 Delta outbreak our much-loved traditional summer of music,
entertainment and festivals is in danger, and we are urging music fans and those who love going
to any form of gigs to go get vaccinated now so we can all enjoy some awesome live tunes together
again asap!
Aotearoa has been lucky in the fight against COVID-19 to say the least. The first half of 2021 has
brought us many small and large-scale events in a time when the rest of the world was still in
restriction. Because of our nation’s hard and fast approach to lockdowns we have been rewarded
with the freedoms to socialise and enjoy live music and entertainment together. We want that to
continue and there is only one way for that to happen.
Earlier this week, the New Zealand Government announced the roll-out of vaccination certificates
in New Zealand, with a plan to launch in November this year. Commonly used overseas, the
certificates would provide proof that individuals have been fully vaccinated, and the Government
is likely to make the use of these certificates mandatory for large scale events.
Artists throughout Aotearoa are getting on board and encouraging fans to get vaccinated now. LET'S GET BACK TO LIVE!


Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival opens this Friday! Check out all the free whanau-friendly events on offer and remember to be Covid-safe when attending! http://tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

Home ⋆ Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival 2021 05/10/2021

Home ⋆ Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival 2021

Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival opens this Friday! Check out the many free family friendly events on offer! Lawson Field Theatre is hosting some exciting productions, so grab your tickets now!

Home ⋆ Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival 2021 Celebrating the creative abundance of Te Tairāwhiti, we invite you to explore the annual Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival.


Hey everyone, due to the ongoing restrictions, Musical Theatre Gisborne season of Annie - the Musical has been postponed to next year. The new dates are April 22-30. Your tickets will be valid for the new dates on the same day of the week as you purchased for :)

Tickets here:

7 Days Live 23/09/2021

7 Days Live

BIG Comedy Announcement Gisborne... 🤩🤩🤩

7 DAYS LIVE is coming to the War Memorial Theatre!

Monday 13 December, 7:30pm

Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

7 Days Live Buy official 7 Days Live tickets. Get your official tickets from Ticketek

Our Story

In its journey from community hall to state of the art 500-seat venue, Gisborne's War Memorial Theatre is the region's top choice for engaging the Tairawhiti community with the performing arts, music, culture and heritage.

From standout international acts to local productions, from comedy to dramatic theatre, musicals, opera and ballet, the Theatre hosts it all.

A major redevelopment was completed in 2015, with stunning results.

The theatre is available to book for performances and events, and the spacious foyer is available to hire for meetings, seminars and functions. Please contact our team for further details.

Please follow our page to stay up to date with the exciting entertainment coming to Gisborne. Please follow our Instagram www.instagram.com/memorialtheatre.

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