The Court Theatre
The Court Theatre
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Hidden in Christchurch’s suburb of Addington is New Zealand’s largest theatre company. In its post-earthquake refuge - an old grain shed – is a magical world of happiness, laughter, drama and intrigue, where numerous productions are staged each year. The Court Theatre is your theatre. Whoever you are.
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jeanmartin2016
Christchurch, New Zealand96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Superb as usual from Court theatre. Well cast, great costumes and scenery.

Production was well paced and very enjoyable story lines.

Always worth the effort to go to the Court theatre.
Written 19 January 2020
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Lynnie1961
Christchurch, New Zealand60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
The shows are always fantastic and Ladies Night was no exception. A must. The only downside is the pizza. Wood fired pizza - great, but when I order a Margherita pizza I do expect bazillion, not basil paste. Fries were delicious.
Written 16 May 2021
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Janney51
Christchurch, New Zealand50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
The Court Theatre which has relocated to Bernard St, Addington. it is a smallish live theatre that accommodates up to 400 people. It has an amazing repertoire of different kinds of live theatre.At the moment Mark Hadlow is performing in MAMIL (amazing one man show) also a childrens production of Little Red Riding Hood,(supreme for both adults and childrent) and on Friday and Saturday night Scared Scriptless, theatre sport at 10.30pm. It is an excellent opportunity to see live theatre at an affordable price and everybody involved in the running of the Court is a credit to the people in charge. So go and enjoy an evening
Written 29 September 2015
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SkyeWanderer777
Christchurch, New Zealand95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
When people think about Shakespearean plays, they usually think "boring", "too long", and "hard to follow". The combination of arcane language and obscure similes and metaphors make Shakespearean English sound like a foreign language. Finding the true emotion behind the words becomes a challenge when one cannot decipher what the words mean! Consequently, viewers can't relate to the characters or their circumstances. Also, in many Shakespearean plays, actors tend to declaim their lines like a speech instead of just "talking" with each other. This lack of naturalness makes the audience switch off since the chasm between the text and felt experience seems unbridgeable.

The Court Theatre's current production of Romeo and Juliet definitively smashes all of those negative preconceptions to bits so that people leave the theatre raving about the play, and exclaiming, "Wow!!! It was so much better than I thought!"

Here are the reasons the play deserves its laurels:

1) Stand-out performances - The actors are extremely well-cast. Romeo (Cameron Douglas) has the verve, high spirits, and passion of West Side Story's Tony. Cameron Douglas is a superbly versatile actor. He never overplays his part but is always consistently true to character. He depicts Romeo as a young, eager, enthusiastic lover full of bright-eyed zest for a newfound love. Watching him evolve from young buck to depressed and suicidal lover was amazing.

Newcomer to the Court, Natasha Daniel, who plays Juliet, was feisty, feminine, and vulnerable, delivering a performance that was full of pathos, tenderness, and strength.

Bawdy Mercutio (Jonathan Martin) was electric and seemed to relish his role as the ribald, witty, cynical, fiery friend and confidant of Romeo. Romeo describes Mercutio as "A gentleman, that loves to hear himself talk and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month." Jonathan Martin's fluency in the language saw him rattle off his lines with lightning speed as though Shakespearean English were his native tongue. Impressive!

Yvonne Martin, as the nurse, was flawless. Like very expensive wine, she only gets better with age.

Tom Trevella (Capulet) and Kim Garrett (Lady Capulet) have a way of demanding your attention when they come onstage so that it is impossible for your attention to wander. Their facial expressions, posture, tone of voice, etc. convey the distilled intensity of their emotions. Such a pleasure to witness professionals doing what they do best and obviously loving it! Even the minor characters, like the page who played Peter (Jack Marshall), were well-cast.

2) The actors obviously put in a lot of work to understand what their lines were meant to convey. As a result, they could converse naturally and fluently with one another, communicating the meaning of their words through their actions. Even if you don't understand the arcane language they use, you are always aware of what they mean. Tremendous help when watching a Shakespearean play.

3) The play was skilfully edited down to 2.5 hours. Without any editing, it would have run for 3.5 hours, which would have been a real test for modern-day attention spans. Even at 2.5 hours, time flew by so quickly, you weren't aware of the length of time you were in the theatre. Thoughtfulness and skill in the "literary surgery" was evident and welcome.

4) Attention to detail was brilliant. Costumes were luscious and opulent. The set was cleverly designed and versatile. Having an actual balcony for the famed balcony scene, was a real treat. Lastly, small gestures like the courtly hand-to-heart bow given by the players to each other every time they moved a piece of furniture on stage, added grace, elegance, and cohesion to the production.

5) Ross Gumbley's direction was, as always, superb. As the audience, you sense that nothing was left to chance, and that everything that could have been done to guarantee the pleasure and ensure the comprehension of the viewing audience was done.

The play is filled with humor, passion, youthful vitality, pathos, and drama.

BRAVO, Court Theatre!!! With productions like this, you could very well create a new fan base for the Bard!
Written 3 June 2015
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TripMember051220151
Christchurch, New Zealand155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
We have never been disappointed with productions from here. They all vary and cater for different tastes but are always well worth going to see. At Christmas there is usually a musical and that is always excellent. Early booking advised.
Written 16 September 2014
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Ozzy520
Lafayette, IN164 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Business
The theatre is nice. This is a review of the play. It was painfully awful. I admire the hard work of the Chinese people trying to play the parts in this Shakespeare play, but it did NOT go well. I couldn't understand a word they were saying. Because of the challenges of language, there was no acting going on, just people reading lines. The characters were dressed very much alike and with the awful pronunciation, nobody could tell the characters apart. I know I am not alone and that many others felt the same way. I wish I could have my $30 back. Don't use Chinese people next time. It just didn't work despite their hard work.
Written 13 June 2014
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Jan S
Christchurch, New Zealand66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
The intimacy and character of the new theatre...fabulous choice of plays each month. I take clients each month to every show and we all come out feeling energised and enthralled.
Written 30 July 2013
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JasonOng L
Macau, China5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
Love the new hub of Christchurch. The Court Theatre is on Lincoln Road Christchurch. Hosting the popular and famous local plays. Me and my partner enjoyed the show there, also the good Chinese Restaurant that's close by.
Written 21 December 2012
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TwoHungryghosts
Christchurch, New Zealand128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Just been to a fantastic production of Jersey Boys! Very well produced, highly recommended, go if you can!
Written 7 January 2021
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jinksy63
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Wonderful play with truth, drama, music and authentic acting.
Also great venue with bar and food and super friendly people. Thank you!
Written 29 October 2019
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Thank you! We are happy you enjoyed the experience!
Written 30 October 2019
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