The Royal Wanganui Opera House
is New Zealand
's last Victorian theatre
. Located in St Hill Street in central Wanganui
, the 110-year-old theatre seats 830 and is the venue for many local, national and international events.
These include grand opera, operetta, tribute concerts, piano recitals, orchestral concerts, school events, lectures, graduations, fashion shows, dance of all forms, and floral theatre.Functions requiring a stage and auditorium style seating can be accommodated. Wedding ceremonies have been performed and the stage can accommodate a reception of up to 80.The Opera House has its own ticketing system but maintains a link to TicketDirect Network.
In 1897, councillor F.M. Spurdle proposed that Queen Victoria’s
“record reign” should be commemorated by setting aside land on which the Council itself would build an opera house The Mayor, Alexander Hatrick
, supported the idea, a committee was established to investigate and the council agreed to go ahead.In March 1897 the prospectus of the Wanganui Opera House company (Limited) was published in the local newspaper, with a capital of £
5000. Of the 5000 £1 shares, 4000 were offered to the public. Plans were to erect the Opera House on a site in St Hill St.The council had plans for a competition drawn up to design the opera house. Terms, announced in September, 1898, noted that the successful architect would be rewarded with supervision of the job, and a commission of 5% on the total cost, with a... Read More