Theatre Royal


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Theatre Royal

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    122 Stafford Street, Timaru

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The Theatre Royal is home to much of Timaru's drama and performing arts

The location, size and style of the venue ensure its popularity with many touring shows.  It is an important focal point for the arts and entertainment, making a significant contribution to the lifestyle of the district.

This substantial Victorian theatre has been on the Stafford Street, Timaru site since 1877.  A 1993 refurbishment included creation of a welcoming spacious entrance foyer filled with light, featuring two marble staircases leading to an upper floor reception area, and spectacular stained glass window depicting the Timaru District Council’s coat of arms.


Auditorium Seating (capacity 1023), stage, foyer (capacity 100), bar, kitchen, chairs/trestles, lighting, theatre technician and safety officer. Front theatre entry has ramps for wheel chair entry/exit and access to stalls (downstairs of auditorium) does not have any stairs. There are dedicated wheel chair positions on the left hand center of the auditorium that can only be reserved for wheel chair use.


Bookings will be taken up to two years in advance, subject to payment of the deposit, which will be forfeited if written notice of cancellation is not received by the Council at least two calendar months before the date originally requested. More information

Commercial Package

Fees include rent, power / heating (above predetermined rate, then meter applies), theatre technician, house management / safety officer, theatre’s lighting equipment, piano and cleaning. All charges are per hour unless otherwise stated More information & fees

Amateur Package

Standard amateur Theatre rate, Amateurs (the performers) (i.e. Local non profit making incorporated societies and educational institutions such as schools and colleges.
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The auditorium is world class with a warm ambience.