Performing Arts

Several performing arts venues and theatres through the region serve up a delightful array of talents and productions. Whether classical theatre, the art of dance or comedic performances are your thing, the Palmerston North and Manawatu performing arts scene is one of many tunes, talents and displays.  

The Nether
Thursday 26 April - Saturday 12 May
The Nether - Written by Jennifer Haley Onstage at Globe #2 from 26 April - 12 May 2018. “This is mind-bending, it’s ingenious and it’s ethically challenging.” — The London Times It is the near future. ...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
My No Good Stinkin' Loser Comedy Show
Friday 27 April
Dan Brader has been doing comedy since 2007 all over Australia and his native home of New Zealand. He was a regular fixture in the competitive Melbourne and Perth comedy scenes where he also ran a number of comedy rooms ...
Venue:
Shed 23, Palmerston North
French Film Night
Friday 27 April
Join us at our French Film Night, on Friday 27 April at the Globe Theatre: the French movie "Félicité" will be screened with English subtitles. The bar opens at 6 pm for drinks, nibbles and platters. The movie ...
Venue:
The Globe Palmerston North, Palmerston North
Dance Party
Saturday 28 April
Dance enthusiasts, join us for a great night of Ballroom, Latin American and Social Dancing on Saturday. Good strict tempo music and friendly atmosphere. Don't have a dance partner - no prob! We have a couple of ...
Venue:
Central Normal School, Palmerston North
Globe Theatre Sunday Matinee Series Presents Baroque Concert
Sunday 29 April
Entry: Donation at the door (recommend $5 plus). The Globe Sunday Matinee concerts traditionally include an annual Baroque concert of music from the eighteenth century. On Sunday 29 May, this will feature a wide range...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Heath Franklin's Chopper - Bogan Jesus
Friday 4 May
Australia's most wanted comedian is back and he's bigger than Jesus! Star of 7 Days, and Chopper's Republic of Anzakistan, Heath Franklin's Chopper brings his new show Bogan Jesus to New Zealand in May 2018. The world...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Michael Houstoun & Guests
Saturday 5 May
Michael Houstoun has been a major supporter of the Regent on Broadway over the past 20 years so it is appropriate that Michael is instrumental in helping the Regent Theatre Trust celebrate the Regent on Broadway's 20th ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
That Bloody Woman
Saturday 5 May - Sunday 3 June
New Zealand’s favourite daughter, suffragist, activist and cyclist Kate Sheppard is transformed from the face on the $10 note into a feminist rebrand, raising hell and rocking out. Armed with a mic and leading the ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Hammers & Horsehair
Sunday 6 May
After their successful 2016 nationwide tour Hammers & Horsehair (Rowena Simpson - soprano, Douglas Mews - square piano, & Robert Ibell - cello) present a rich and varied programme of music from the first half of the ...
Venue:
Caccia Birch House, Palmerston North
An Introduction to Stand Up Comedy
Wednesday 9 May
This is your chance to learn stand up comedy right here in Palmerston North! - Have you ever been told you should be on stage? - Is stand up on your “Bucket List” or a New Years Resolution? - Always wanted to give...
Venue:
The Dark Room, Palmerston North
Moscow Ballet La Classique: The Nutcracker
Thursday 10 May
Following 2017 sell-out performances of Swan Lake, Moscow Ballet la Classique returns to New Zealand to present the jewel of classical ballet, Tchaikovsky's spectacular masterpiece The Nutcracker La Classique was ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
The Palmerston North Pun Battle Championships
Saturday 12 May - Saturday 15 September
Get ready to groan! Wits have been sharpunned, wea-puns will be wielded, funny bones may well be broken. Will our punticipants pun-ble under the pressure?! After a sold-out and truly cringe-worthy shows in Wellington,...
Venue:
The Royal, Palmerston North
Wilson Dixon - What A Country!
Saturday 12 May
America is like an enormous armed toddler at an all-you-can eat dessert buffet, simultaneously eating and throwing pudding around the room. Who’s going to tell him to stop? Where are his parents? A situation like this ...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
The Big Blue Planet Earth Show
Wednesday 16 May - Saturday 19 May
School kids work on a project about endangered species, meanwhile in Rio; monkeys are being hunted to extinction and an astronaut is going on a solo mission to space with mystery cargo. A play written by Gary ...
Venue:
The Globe Palmerston North, Palmerston North
Little Shop of Horrors
Thursday 17 May - Saturday 2 June
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who ...
Venue:
Wallace Development Company Theatre, Palmerston North
Mwangaza Children's Choir: Light Up Tour 2018
Friday 18 May
For the first time in New Zealand, Tearfund and Rhema Media present the dynamic Mwangaza Children’s choir from Uganda, in their Light-up tour. Experience the incredible sounds of authentic African worship and move ...
Venue:
Lifechurch, Palmerston North
Dvorak's Stabat Mater
Sunday 20 May
The Renaissance Singers and Kapiti Chamber Choir present Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. This magnificent and demanding work is not often performed in the provinces because it is usually done with large professional choirs....
Venue:
St Peter's Anglican Church, Palmerston North
Search Engine
Monday 21 May
Performances at the Globe Theatre have been generously sponsored by Palmerston North City Council and the Lottery Community Fund. Free Entry - e-mail denise@globetheatre.co.nz to reserve your seats Shimmering light...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Aroha Quartet: Light & Dark
Wednesday 23 May
In 'Light & Dark' we take you on an emotional journey, exploring a wide range of moods and soundscapes Our programme begins with the warmth and brightness of Haydn’s “Emperor” Quartet Op 76 No 3, with its famous ...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Yellow River Concerto
Sunday 27 May
In its first concert for 2018, the combined Manawatu Sinfonia and Manawatu Youth Orchestra will be conducted by Canwei Li in a performance of the Chinese classic Yellow River Concerto! Co-hosted by the China Cultural...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North