Situated on the corner of Cambridge Terrace and Courtenay Place, the Hannah Playhouse first opened its doors on October 16, 1973 with Downstage's performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
To celebrate this milestone, Wellingtonians can discover the Hannah Playhouse through a curated ongoing exhibition ‘The Hannah Playhouse; Full of Life’, which will be displayed throughout the building from Monday 16 October.
The Heritage Week walk-through event on Sunday 5 November will go behind the scenes of this distinctive brutalist-style building, and there will be a series of events in November welcoming artists to re-engage with the space and inspire their creative development.
Located in Courtenay Place’s entertainment district, Mayor Tory Whanau says the site is in the perfect place to be a hub of creativity.
“The Hannah Playhouse has always been the ideal space for artists to develop and showcase their talent – and for audiences to enjoy and appreciate their skills.
“We are proud supporters of the creative community and committed to investing in it thriving in the Capital – and so it’s a wonderful opportunity to honour this old dame for her decades of contribution to the arts world in Wellington.”