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.  

Manawatu Community Choir
Monday 20 February - Monday 10 April
The Manawatu Community Choir is your choir. Open to all. No experience or music reading is required. The Manawatu Community Choir aims to provide all people, whatever their background or ability, with an opportunity ...
Shed 23, Palmerston North
Bollywood Dance Sessions
Monday 20 February - Monday 15 May
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 ...
Rangiora Community Hall, Palmerston North
Samba Drumming Band Practice With Samba Ao Vento
Thursday 23 February - Thursday 11 May
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 ...
The Stomach, Palmerston North
Ciné-club: Nos Jours Heureux
Friday 24 February
Join at our monthly Ciné Club at the FX Theatre in the Square Edge building (ground floor): the Alliance will be happy to introduce you to its new teacher, Morgane! Drinks and nibbles will be available from the bar ...
Square Edge, Palmerston North
Sunday 26 February
Toi Warbrick invites you to a once-only wananga and performance! Order of events - “Marae experience” at the historic Te Rangimarie marae - Wananga (workshops) will be led by: musical instrument maker Warren ...
Te Rangimarie Marae, Palmerston North
An Evening With Helene Wong
Wednesday 1 March
Writer, actor, director and film critic Helene Wong grew up resisting her Chinese identity, but in 1980 she travelled to her father's home village in Southern china and meet her ancestral past. Helene discusses her ...
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Blood Bros
Thursday 2 March - Saturday 18 March
So, did yã hear the story of the Johnstone Twins? Set in Britain, Willy Russells blood brothers tells the story of fraternal twins who are separated at birth. Mrs Johnstone is working as a cleaner for Mrs Lyons ...
Centennial Drive Auditorium, Palmerston North
An Evening With Gregg Hurwitz
Thursday 2 March
Meet Gregg Hurwitz the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling US author of 'Orphan X' and his latest, gripping follow-up Evan Smoak thriller, 'The Nowhere Man'. Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling ...
The Globe Palmerston North, Palmerston North
The Winter's Tale Manawatu Summer Shakespeare 2017
Thursday 2 March - Saturday 11 March
Come along to "a fantastical tale both tragic and comic; of consuming jealousy, loss, miraculous reunion and forgiveness. It also features the world’s most famous stage direction, “Exit pursued by a bear”. - Sara ...
Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Palmerston North
Vincent O'Malley: The War That Shaped a Nation
Sunday 5 March
Historian Vincent O'Malley discusses his new book 'The Great War For new Zealand', an account of war in Waikato between 1863 and 1864. In association with Bridget Williams Books and Bruce McKenzie Bookseller for the ...
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
NZSO Presents: Summer Pops With the Modern Māori Quartet
Thursday 9 March
Hamish McKeich Conductor The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra The Modern Māori Quartet Our Summer Pops tour starts the year with hearty entertainment, a cool beat and amazing harmonies, as we are joined by the ...
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
David Strassman's iTedE
Friday 10 March
International comedy star, David Strassman’s brand new show, iTedE is an uproarious take on our technology-laden lives. The sharp-tongued Chuck Wood and loveable Ted E. Bare have been thrust into the world of social ...
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Thursday 16 March - Saturday 25 March
Dancing is not a crime! PNBHS and PNGHS are very proud to continue our tradition of high-class musical theatre with this punchy 1980s' icon. Footloose tells the story of teenager Ren McCormack and his mother, ...
Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High, Palmerston North
Carmen with L'Arlesienne
Friday 17 March - Saturday 18 March
Two ballets by Roland Petit: Carmen With L'arlésienne Two landmark works of 20th-century dance, never before performed in New Zealand, are given their first performances by the RNZB. These iconic works by French ...
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
School Dance
Saturday 18 March - Saturday 29 April
A winning comedy for the loser in us all. “One of the funniest things I've seen on stage in years." - Sydney Morning Herald This is a story of three teenage boys. Matt, Luke and Jonathon. They’re going to a ...
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Grumpy Old Women - Game of Crones
Thursday 23 March
Yes, they're back! This time with magic! Grumpy Old Women bring their Game of Crones to answer the unanswerable. How to fix absolutely everything! They conquered NZ with Grumpy Old Women, took Australia and the ...
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Fashion In the Field
Saturday 1 April
The excitement of the races, getting dressed up and socialising with friends and family combines to make a fantastic day out. Women all over the world spend time and money on preparing their race day ensemble. Head ...
Awapuni Racecourse, Palmerston North
A Chorus Line
Wednesday 19 April - Sunday 23 April
A Chorus Line in support of Arohanui Hospice. The Broadway smash hit musical A Chorus Line is being performed on the Regent on Broadway stage for the first time and promises to be the musical theatre highlight for ...
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
CMNZ: Ensemble Paladino
Saturday 29 April
"[Eric Lamb] plays with agility and a buttery tone." The New York Times Each member of Ensemble Paladino is a renowned soloist, but their consummate abilities as chamber musicians have made Ensemble Paladino a group ...
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Manawatu Tattoo 2017
Sunday 30 April
Manawatu Tattoo is a show for all ages. Suzanne Prentice OBE features alongside 160 local, national and international performers from the Manawatu & Foundation NZ Youth Pipe Bands, Erna Ferry and the Swamp City Big Band,...
Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District