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.  

Le Cirque Volé
Saturday 28 July
You'll laugh. You'll gasp. You'll blush. And by the end of the night you’ll find your heart stolen by Le Cirque Volé. A sumptuous selection of world-class circus, comedy, burlesque, and music acts brought together ...
Venue:
Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North
CMNZ - Klara Kollektiv
Saturday 28 July
In Swedish, the term “klara” means to clarify. Playing music of crystalline radiance, The Klara Kollektiv is an exciting new ensemble. Established in 2016 as an extension of the Darlecarlia Clarinet Quintet, the ...
Venue:
The Globe Palmerston North, Palmerston North
Cycle Chic Film Tour
Monday 30 July
Prepare to be inspired!! A captivating selection of expressive short cycling films to inspire, encourage and celebrate women who love to bike. Emerging and established independent film-makers form the collection ...
Venue:
The Globe Palmerston North, Palmerston North
Wicked - The Musical
Friday 10 August - Saturday 25 August
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in… Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Club Cabaret
Saturday 11 August - Saturday 8 September
Welcome to Club Cabaret. The drinks are flowing, the band is rocking, and our performers are ready to entertain you. Slip into your best outfit, grab your best friends, and join us for a spellbinding evening of dazzling ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Turning Points - New Zealand String Quartet
Saturday 18 August
Join the New Zealand String Quartet for a concert of groundbreaking works that have each taken the quartet genre in new directions. Mozart’s String Quartet in C, K465, acquired the nickname “Dissonance” several...
Venue:
Caccia Birch House, Palmerston North
Celtic Illusion
Saturday 8 September
The much-anticipated family event of 2018, Celtic Illusion is the biggest dance and magical illusion sensation that has been taking Australian audiences by storm. The show for ALL ages cleverly fuses awe-inspiring ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Arj Barker - Organic
Wednesday 12 September
After reigning in the wild talent with hosting finesse at the Best Foods Comedy Gala, funny man Arj Barker will be spreading his wings and serving up his wholesome show Organic to the rest of the Aotearoa with a 9-centre...
Venue:
Palmerston North Conference Centre, Palmerston North
Promise and Promiscuity
Wednesday 12 September - Sunday 23 September
Flushed by four years of success, from Edinburgh to Toronto to Auckland, comes New Zealander Penny Ashton’s collaboration with Jane Austen (deceased). Join Miss Elspeth as she battles literary snobbery, cousin ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss - On Tour
Saturday 15 September
Book now to farewell the Winter blues and enjoy this heart-warming classic of Comic Opera, the ever-popular masterwork of composer Johann Strauss. Memorable catchy tunes are woven into a plot of subterfuge, mistaken ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Thursday 4 October
Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. In 1957, Theodor Seuss Geisel used this formula and only 200 words to write his second children's book as Dr. Seuss. More than 50 years ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
CMNZ Presents: Ioana Cristina Goicea & Andrey Gugnin
Tuesday 9 October
Justly proclaimed ‘ones to watch’, Andrey Gugnin and Ioana Cristina Goicea took out the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition respectively. Together, ...
Venue:
The Globe Palmerston North, Palmerston North
National Young Performer Awards 2018
Friday 19 October - Sunday 21 October
2018 is the 42nd year of the National Young Performer Awards. The competition starts with the exciting Troupe/Group section. Dancers from all over New Zealand will battle it out in front of our panel of International...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Tuesday 23 October - Saturday 27 October
Centrepoint Theatre's Basement Company invite you to hear the story of Grusha, who sacrifices her happiness and dignity for the sake of an abandoned child she takes as her own. But when the child's biological mother ...
Venue:
The Dark Room, Palmerston North
Hudson & Halls Live!
Saturday 10 November - Friday 21 December
And we’re live! The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has some bad news. Prepare to be transported to a 1980s television studio for big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns, and some very questionable cooking....
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker
Wednesday 28 November
Christmas comes but once a year, and for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Christmas 2018 will be extra special, as we stage a national tour of The Nutcracker for the first time since 2010. Offering festive enchantment for ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
A Christmas Carol
Tuesday 4 December - Saturday 8 December
Deck the halls, dust off your baubles and get ready to be part of a show that makes everyone laugh like the Dickens: A Christmas Carol. The Miserable Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by ghosts with visions of his past, ...
Venue:
The Dark Room, Palmerston North
Messiah
Sunday 9 December
Nicholas McGegan Conductor with The Tudor Consort. Handel - Messiah No NZSO season is complete without our annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s revered Messiah. And as with every performance, there will...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North