Our Spaces \ Sir Owen Glenn Theatre
The redevelopment has reinstated the Civic Theatre with 950+ seats. Theatre services, acoustics and HVAC have been upgraded to the level expected of a contemporary theatre.
A small-scale orchestra pit has been designed to accommodate showbands and small orchestras to accompany stage performances. The pit can be raised to floor level to provide additional seating when an orchestra is not needed, or can be raised up to stage level to create a thrust.
Theatre, dance performances, music, large scale productions, comedy shows, award presentations, talks and seminars
Stage dimensions - 11 x 18 metres (12 metre wide proscenium)
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Nā tētahi hononga ā-hoa i tapaina mai ai te taiwhanga matua o roto i te Sir Howard Morrison centre. Me te ingoa, Matangi Rau, e kitea ana i tēnei tapanga nui ki te whare te nui o Sir Owen Glenn ki a Sir Howard Morrison. Matangi Rau, he whakataukī nō Te Arawa mō ana momo hau huhua. I roto tonu i te taiwhanga, ko ‘Te Hau’ (atamira matua), ko te hau ki te Māori ko te ‘aura’, ko ‘Te Ata’ te whakaminenga, arā, te ataatatanga o te hau ka kitea, ka rangona hoki e te hunga mātakitaki.
An enduring friendship is behind the choice of name for the theatre inside the Sir Howard Morrison Centre. Entitled Matangi Rau, the Sir Owen Glenn Theatre reflects the bond between Sir Owen Glenn and Sir Howard Morrison. Matangi Rau is reference to the Te Arawa whakataukī (proverb) alluding to local winds and the environment. Within the theatre, Te Hau (main stage) captures the ‘aura’ of Tā Hauata, and Te Ata (the audience) is the reflection of greatness seen emanating from the audience.