Ngaio Marsh Theatre

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The Ngaio Marsh Theatre will be open from July 2019, within Haere-roa, the University of Canterbury Students’ Association building at 90 Ilam Road in Christchurch, New Zealand. The theatre is available for short-term or long-term hire. Full AV and technical facilities and orchestra pit are available. A retractable seating structure allows for capacity of 330 seated and 1000 standing.

The rebuild is the result of the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, which caused extensive damage to the old building. The demolition was completed in October 2016.

The Ngaio Marsh theatre was named in honour of Dame Ngaio Marsh, who was a director and patron of theatre, especially Shakespeare, at the University between 1942 and 1969, and indeed the theatre's opening production — Shakespeare's Twelfth Night — was directed by Marsh.[1]


  1. ^ Liukkonen, Petri. "Dame Edith Ngaio Marsh". Books and Writers ( Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011.

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Coordinates: 43°31′27″S 172°34′50″E / 43.5242°S 172.5806°E / -43.5242; 172.5806