What are the best places to see a play in Auckland?

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Nicky Park

Q Theatre: The Q Theatre website does a great job of explaining its brief history: “In 1996 Auckland’s Watershed Theatre closed to make way for the America’s Cup yacht race. Performers and practitioners immediately began scouring Auckland for a new venue. As a result of this group’s activities, in 1997 Auckland City Council commissioned a study of performing arts venues. The study determined that the city lacked a central, 350-450 seat, flexi-form venue.” Cut to 2011 and the Q Theatre on Queen Street came to life. The bar at the front of the venue is inviting and social, while the spaces are perfectly designed for live performance.

The Basement: This grungy, underground venue hosts some of Auckland’s most adventurous emerging artists. The Basement is an intimate, friendly, independent space where you can check out dance, theatre, poetry, comedy, music  - and everything in between. A great spot for a casual and creative night with a glass of red wine and some salted nuts.

The Civic:This beautiful building, constructed in 1929, stands on the corner of Queen Street and Wellesley Street. The space was revamped with a $45 million refurbishment, reopening at the end of 1999, the 70th anniversary of its first performance. Originally built as a movie theatre, The Civic holds just over 2,300 people is one of the city’s most popular live performance venues. It’s one of the most stunning sites in the young Auckland city.

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