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.  

Grease
Friday 6 April - Saturday 14 April
Proudly presented by Regent on Broadway Promotions and Manawatu Theatre Society. Grease is the original High-School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including 'You're The One That I ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Still Life With Chickens
Saturday 7 April - Sunday 15 April
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 - Friday 13 April
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
Sue Nicholson - Earth, Life & Beyond
Saturday 14 April
The Star of the new Sensing Murder Series Sue Nicholson presents her Sensational new live show Earth, Life & Beyond. Sue's abilities have been seen on TVNZ's 'Sensing Murder', the 'Good Morning' show and 20/20. Her ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Conference Centre, Palmerston North
Globe Theatre Sunday Matinee Series Presents Baroque Concert
Sunday 29 April
Entry: Donation at the door (recommend $5 plus).
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
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
National Theatresports Champs
Wednesday 13 June - Saturday 16 June
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
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 - Sunday 29 July
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
The Messy Magic Adventure
Tuesday 10 July - Saturday 21 July
Spray and Wipe are two cleaners who have been hired for their most exciting job ever, cleaning a magician's house! But when they accidentally let the magic out of its box, everything is turned topsy-turvy… Now, the...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Simon Trpceski Plays Grieg
Wednesday 18 July
Shostakovich - Festive Overture, Op. 96 Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 This concert sees the return of two great artists who individually had a big impact...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
CMNZ Presents: 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
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
Promise and Promiscuity
Wednesday 12 September 2018 - Sunday 23 September 2018
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
Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Thursday 4 October 2018
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 2018
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