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.  

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Wednesday 13 December - Saturday 16 December
Murder is knot funny! Constance and Prudence are ladies of leisure who have come to the Hitchcock-themed Macguffin Hotel for a weekend wedding. But what’s meant to be a romantic and joyous occasion, quickly descends...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
The Royal Rumble - Open Mic Comedy Night
Thursday 14 December
Welcome to The Royal Rumble. Palmerston North's premiere (and only) comedy open mic night. Whether you're looking for a night out watching live comedy or are interested in getting your own time in the spotlight, the ...
Venue:
The Royal, Palmerston North
Samba Drumming Band Practice With Samba Ao Vento
Thursday 14 December
Samba ao Vento is a Brazilian drumming band in Palmerston North. Born out of African rhythms, Samba is the music you hear at the Carnival in Rio and increasingly all over the world. The drumming section - or ...
Venue:
The Stomach, Palmerston North
RAQS Et Cetera
Saturday 16 December
Aziza Bellydance presents a night of celebrating the community, sharing their enthusiasm and passion for bellydance and everything bellydance related! Expect an overflowing of music, dancing, singing, drumming, glitz...
Venue:
Shed 23, Palmerston North
Bollywood Dance Sessions
Monday 18 December
A great opportunity to try something new at Shree Bollywood dance Academy NZ. Take a break from your usual schedule and come join a fun and social way of exercising and learning real "Bollywood moves". The academy ...
Venue:
Rangiora Community Hall, Palmerston North
An Introduction to Stand Up Comedy
Monday 15 January 2018 - Monday 19 February 2018
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:
Palmerston North Comedy Hub, Palmerston North
Bollywood Dance-Open Day
Saturday 3 February 2018
Shree Dance Academy presents a Free Dance workshop of Bollywood and Indian dancing. Come and have a go at tapping your feet and moving your body to groovy Bollywood songs. Learn some cool and ethnic Indian dance moves...
Venue:
Square Edge, Palmerston North
NZSO Summer Pops - Music From the Movies
Saturday 10 February 2018
A programme that will include the music of Vangelis (Chariots of Fire), John Williams (Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Schindler's List), Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future) and Bill Conti (Rocky). Be swept away as the ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
The Love List
Saturday 17 February 2018 - Sunday 25 March 2018
Unlucky-in-love Bill makes a list of the top ten qualities he looks for in a soulmate. When the ideal woman magically appears on his doorstep, he quickly learns that the list could use a few revisions. As his quest for ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Kevin Bloody Wilson “Almost Awesome Tour”
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Tickets on sale to the general public from 5 October. The outrageously funny Kevin Bloody Wilson returns to New Zealand with his “Almost Awesome Tour” in February featuring special guest artist, Jenny Talia from ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Ashton Family Circus & Dylan Daisy's Magic Show
Saturday 17 March 2018 - Sunday 18 March 2018
All the fun of the circus - free at The Extravaganza Fair. Performing throughout the day this family show will charm and delight the young and old. From acrobats, dancing, performing 'tigers' and magic!!!
Venue:
Railway Reserve, Palmerston North
The Piano: The Ballet
Wednesday 28 March 2018
Inspired by the film The Piano with permission kindly granted by Jane Campion, Jan Chapman and Saddleback Productions. 25 years ago, cinema goers around the world were captivated by an extraordinary tale of desire, ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Still Life With Chickens
Saturday 7 April 2018 - Sunday 15 April 2018
When Mama discovers a stray chicken eating from her flourishing veggie garden, her first instinct is to reach for the spade. But what starts as an all out war develops into a grudging friendship, as she opens up to the ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Twinkle - Family Theatre
Wednesday 11 April 2018 - Friday 13 April 2018
Firstly, let us introduce ourselves! Little Dog Barking is an international and national award winning children's puppet theatre company especially set up to create work for Primary and Early Childhood audiences ...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Heath Franklin's Chopper - Bogan Jesus
Friday 4 May 2018
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
That Bloody Woman
Saturday 5 May 2018 - Sunday 3 June 2018
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
Moscow Ballet La Classique: The Nutcracker
Thursday 10 May 2018
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
National Theatresports Champs
Wednesday 13 June 2018 - Saturday 16 June 2018
Come along and enjoy the best professional improv comedy that New Zealand has to offer. Ready your score cards and warm up your funny bones as Palmy's SpontaneoUS defends its title as Grand Champion—with a hometown ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Dancing With Mozart
Saturday 23 June 2018
Great music inspires great dance this winter, as the Royal New Zealand Ballet brings works by two of the greatest choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries to New Zealand stages, together with an exciting new ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Peter Pan
Saturday 7 July 2018 - Sunday 29 July 2018
When the Darling children receive a visit from the mischievous Peter Pan, the group are spirited away to a magical world free of grown-up rules. But their exhilarating new life soon turns dangerous when Wendy and her ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North