New Zealand’s most spectacular theatre, The Civic, is turning 90 this month.
Friday, 20 December is the date back in 1929, that The Civic opened its doors for the first time to considerable fanfare. Today, it is considered the home of musical theatre and is hotly contested by promoters as a prestige venue for their shows.
A select group of people will get to see the secrets of this beautiful building on this day. The hour-long tours will be conducted by enthusiastic insiders who will take the group behind the scenes, under the stage, into the opera box and orchestra pit, and to other places that only performers and stage-hands normally get to see.
Those lucky enough to secure a ticket will hear the stories of the building’s history, design and construction, as well as some of the stage secrets and gossip that bring its colorful history to life.