Aotea Centre

Aotea Centre, Auckland

Opened in 1990 by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Aotea Centre is a multi-purpose venue of world-class design featuring optimal flexibility across the centre, the latest technology, contemporary furnishings, and a large collection of New Zealand artwork. Comprising the ASB Auditorium, the Herald Theatre and a range of foyers, bars and function rooms, the venue fulfils a dream for many Aucklanders – to have a world-class performing arts centre in the Auckland CBD.

The Maori name “Aotea” has several meanings in English, the most common one being “White Cloud” or “beyond the mist, a new beginning”.

Aotea Centre is a showcase for significant New Zealand artwork and a magnet for international artists and events.

In 1988, as part of the building of Aotea Centre, THE EDGE commissioned a significant body of work from prominent New Zealand artists. The pieces, which take pride of place throughout the Aotea Centre, comprise some of New Zealand’s most highly regarded artworks.

Since its opening, Aotea Centre has been widely used by New Zealand performing artists and companies. The venue has also hosted countless international artists and events... Stéphane Grappelli, Gene Pitney, Victor Borge, Sir Harry Secombe, Shirley Bassey, Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth, José Carreras, Celine Dion, k.d.lang, Simply Red, Harry Connick Jr, Joss Stone, Dionne Warwick, Marianne Faithful, Michael Bublé, Alicia Keys, Simple Minds, Billy Connolly, Lenny Henry, Royal Shakespeare Company, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsallis, Rambert Dance Company, Cirque Eloize, Ballet Preljocaj, Riverdance – The Show, The New Rocky Horror Show, 42nd Street, Burn the Floor, Les Misérables, Chess – The Musical...

ASB Auditorium
ASB Auditorium is Auckland’s largest contemporary, tiered-seat lyric theatre, offering a versatility that adapts to a range of artists and events. Seating 2,256 people over three levels, its patrons are treated to a comfortable and user-friendly experience, enhanced by the adjoining foyer areas and bars.

Herald Theatre
The 186-seat Herald Theatre provides an intimate theatre experience with its own bar area, large foyer space and outdoor courtyard. A superior niche venue for small independent theatre companies, it is home to THE EDGE’s Company in Residence, Silo Theatre.

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