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February 2016
Nick Offerman – Full Bush
The handmade-ukulele-wielding comedic artist is excited to be bringing his smash hit live show, Full Bush to New Zealand featuring a veritable smorgasbord of cautionary tales...
12 February
Opera House
Shen Yun
Through The Universal Language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales.
16 February - 17 February
St James Theatre
QUINTESSENCE: NZSQ & James Dunham
The New Zealand String Quartet is joined by Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for this special experience
17 February - 17 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Death Cab For Cutie
It took seven albums and 15 years for Washington alt-rockers Death Cab for Cutie to make their first visit to New Zealand for one sold-out concert in March 2012.
20 February
Opera House
The Return of The Clash of the Titans
February 2016, three of the biggest bands in Australasian rock & roll history will join forces in a Clash of the Titans featuring The Angels, Dragon & Mi-Sex.
23 February
Shed 6
Jhené Aiko
Grammy-nominated pop sensation JHENÉ AIKO is making her long-awaited New Zealand debut in 2016...
24 February
Michael Fowler Centre
New Zealand Festival 2016
It’s the New Zealand Festival’s 30th birthday and have we got a line-up for you. Come kick up the arts with us as we present the boldest and bravest artists from Aotearoa and around the world.
26 February - 20 March
NZ Festival - Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and Other Love Songs)
Busting with wit, wonder and weirdness, this was one of the Guardian’s Top 10 theatre shows of 2014.
26 February - 2 March
Opera House
Royal New Zealand Ballet - Speed of Light: Three Brilliant Danceworks
These New Zealand premieres of three contemporary dance classics showcase the energy, precision and charisma of the Royal New Zealand Ballet
26 February - 28 February
St James Theatre
NZ Festival - Concerto Italiano
Four centuries old and more popular than ever, Monteverdi's Vespro per la Beata Vergine (1610) is either one of the last great masterpieces of Renaissance music
27 February
Michael Fowler Centre
NZ Festival - dirtsong
There’s music that breaks down barriers, and then there’s music that obliterates them. Australia’s Black Arm Band bring together songs from 11 different Aboriginal languages for this show
28 February
Michael Fowler Centre
March 2016
QUINTESSENCE: NZSQ & James Dunham
The New Zealand String Quartet is joined by Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for this special experience
17 February - 17 September
Michael Fowler Centre
New Zealand Festival 2016
It’s the New Zealand Festival’s 30th birthday and have we got a line-up for you. Come kick up the arts with us as we present the boldest and bravest artists from Aotearoa and around the world.
26 February - 20 March
NZ Festival - Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and Other Love Songs)
Busting with wit, wonder and weirdness, this was one of the Guardian’s Top 10 theatre shows of 2014.
26 February - 2 March
Opera House
The Return of Simply Red: Big Love Tour
Thirty years after introducing a generation to the joys of soul music through their irrepressible, irresistible rendition of the Valentine Brothers’ recession-themed classic Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)
2 March
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
NZ Festival - No Man's Land
New Zealand has never witnessed a multi-layered world music collaboration like this before.
2 March
Michael Fowler Centre
NZ Festival - La Verità
La Verita is an experience that’ll have you gasping as much at its imaginative feats as its physical ones.
2 March - 7 March
St James Theatre
Danny Bhoy – Please Untick This Box
Danny began his stand up career in 1998 and a year later he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award in the UK. In 2001, he debuted his first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival to critical acclaim.
3 March
Michael Fowler Centre
NZ Festival - Brass Poppies
This ground-breaking new chamber opera from Ross Harris and Vincent O’Sullivan (Requiem for the Fallen) brings powerfully to life how Gallipoli was a domestic New Zealand story as well as a military one.
3 March - 6 March
Shed 6
NZ Festival - The Kiss Inside
Wright has dug deeply into the human psyche and returned with a visual poem full of provocative images and exquisite, sometimes frenzied movement...
4 March - 5 March
Opera House
NZ Festival - Sufjan Stevens
Grief is “transformed into something brimming with life” (The Quietus) in this concert based around Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, Carrie & Lowell.
6 March - 7 March
Michael Fowler Centre
NZ Festival - Do No Harm: Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Neurosurgery “has met its Boswell”, Ian McEwan said of Henry Marsh and his bestselling Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery.
8 March
Michael Fowler Centre
NZ Festival - The Chills
Formed in Dunedin in 1980, The Chills were one of the first acts to be signed to Flying Nun.
8 March
Shed 6
NZ Festival - Miranda July: Lost Child!
Part artist lecture, part interactive performance, this one-off New Zealand show spans Miranda July’s journey from fledgling artist in Portland, Oregon, to award-winning fi lm-maker and bestselling author.
9 March
Opera House
NZ Festival - The Verlaines
The Verlaines formed in Dunedin in 1981 and immediately made their mark with sophisticated songwriting and unique, uncompromisingly difficult torrents of harmony
9 March
Shed 6
NZ Festival - Cineastas
The stunning two-tier staging and director Mariano Pensotti’s inventive “filmic drama” proved a hit at New York’s Under the Radar Festival...
10 March - 16 March
Opera House
NZ Festival - The Phoenix Foundation
Twenty years in the game and The Phoenix Foundation remain one of New Zealand’s most beloved and innovative bands.
10 March
Shed 6
NZ Festival - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the NZSO
Feel the force when these world-class orchestras come together for two nights of glorious music.
10 March - 11 March
Michael Fowler Centre
NZ Festival - Complexity of Belonging
Complexity of Belonging peers into the lives of nine interconnected individuals as they grapple with the question: how and where do I belong?
11 March - 13 March
St James Theatre
NZ Festival - Both Sides Now
Fresh from her success in Silo Theatre’s sultry Brel, Julia Deans turns to the Joni Mitchell songbook in this stunning show directed by Shane Bosher.
11 March - 13 March
Shed 6
NZ Festival - A Night with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
The Lincoln Center’s resident jazz orchestra since 1988, the JLCO has a vast repertoire at its fingertips.
12 March
Michael Fowler Centre
NZ Festival - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa with Voices New Zealand
Dame Kiri’s is one of the world’s great and beloved voices, full of lyrical beauty and sublime artistry.
13 March
Michael Fowler Centre
NZ Festival - Sorceress
Sorceress (formerly Funkommunity) were founded by vocalist Rachel Fraser and producer Isaac Aesili in 2011 and have since evolved into one of the most widely respected soul and electronica acts in New Zealand.
15 March
Shed 6
NZ Festival - Modern Maori Quartet
Suit up for a night filled with waiata, wit and downhome warmth, when the boys bring you their fresh take on the classic Maori showband.
16 March
Shed 6
NZ Festival - Café Muller/The Rite of Spring
For the first time, in a season that also includes Wim Wenders’ award-winning Pina documentary, you can experience Bausch’s work live on stage
17 March - 20 March
St James Theatre
NZ Festival - L’Orchestre d’Hommes-Orchestres performs Tom Waits
Revel in the “sheer energetic madness” (This is Cabaret) of this four-man band of one-man bands.
17 March - 19 March
Shed 6
NZ FESTIVAL: D’Angelo
At the age of five he taught himself to play the entire first Prince album. Now D’Angelo is a soul icon in his own right
17 March
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
Sol3 Mio – On Another Note Tour
Following the news that their highly anticipated second album “On Another Note” will be released on October 9, Sol3 Mio are proud to announce a huge national tour of the same name for 2016.
19 March
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
NZ Festival: Calexico
A sell-out at the 2010 Festival, these New Zealand favourites from Tucson, Arizona, return on the back of the success of their latest album, Edge of the Sun.
19 March
Opera House
NZ Festival - Uri Caine: Reimagining the Classics
Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine uses classical music as a springboard for jazz improvisation.
20 March
Michael Fowler Centre
Dawn French – Thirty Million Minutes
The award-winning actor, best-selling novelist and all round very funny lady, has written a new show, based on her life and career, called 30 Million Minutes.
21 March - 24 March
Opera House
John Cleese & Eric Idle
Britain’s living legends of comedy and founding members of legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python, John Cleese and Eric Idle perform in their must-see new show
28 March
Michael Fowler Centre
April 2016
QUINTESSENCE: NZSQ & James Dunham
The New Zealand String Quartet is joined by Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for this special experience
17 February - 17 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Mick Fleetwood Blues Band ft. Rick Vito
Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, is celebrating his blues heritage with his Grammy Award winning band, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito.
1 April
Opera House
Jim Beam Homegrown
The entire Wellington Waterfront will come to life with 48 bands and DJ’s performing across 6 stages.
2 April
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
Mahler 3
With Mahler’s Symphony No.3 we welcome our new music director, Edo de Waart, in the first of our ‘Masterworks’ series.
3 April
Michael Fowler Centre
The Laughing Samoans – Island Time
The Laughing Samoans comedy duo of Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai performing their fresh brand of humour...
9 April
Opera House
HMS Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan
A satirical tale of forbidden love and shocking revelations of class and identity, HMS PINAFORE is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations
10 April
Opera House
CMNZ: Les Talens Lyriques
With a varied programme of French suites, sonatas and character pieces, Rousset and his musicians will take you back to Versailles
13 April
Michael Fowler Centre
The Stranglers
UK hellraisers The Stranglers will play three New Zealand concerts 13-15 April 2016 in celebration of their eclectic and inspiring 40-year rock ‘n roll journey.
14 April
Opera House
Brahms & Beethoven Programme 1
In our second ‘Masterworks’ series, Maestro de Waart and the NZSO look to the giants of the Romantic repertoire with the music of Beethoven and Brahms.
16 April
Michael Fowler Centre
Judith Durham
In the mid-Sixties Judith Durham’s iconic voice, as the legendary and much-loved lead singer of The Seekers, propelled the group to the top of the world charts...
19 April
Opera House
Spirit of ANZAC
We continue to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in this special concert of remembrance and thanksgiving.
21 April
Michael Fowler Centre
The Proclaimers
Proclaimers' twins Craig and Charlie Reid and their band will be embracing hits like I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), I'm On My Way, King of The Road, Sunshine on Leith, and Letter From America...
22 April
St James Theatre
Flick Electric Co. First Laughs
The 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. will launch into high-voltage hilarity live at The Opera House, Wellington
24 April
Opera House
May 2016
QUINTESSENCE: NZSQ & James Dunham
The New Zealand String Quartet is joined by Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for this special experience
17 February - 17 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Tommy Tiernan – Out of the Whirlwind
Now entering his 20th year as a stand-up comedian, having won every award going and still as passionate as ever about the adventure of storytelling and comedy...
2 May
Opera House
Royal New Zealand Ballet - The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Wizard of Oz
Created by RNZB Artistic Director Francesco Ventriglia in Florence in 2010, through an accident of fate
4 May - 8 May
St James Theatre
Aotearoa Plus
In this programme we are proud to showcase some of the best contemporary repertoire from New Zealand and beyond.
6 May
Michael Fowler Centre
Jim Jefferies
The rise and rise of global comedy phenomenon Jim Jefferies continues. Amassing over 200 million online views and selling out huge, world-class venues...
7 May
Opera House
Stephen Hough Plays Brahms
An extraordinary polymath, Hough’s interpretations of Brahms have drawn praise for their gentle reflectiveness.
13 May
Michael Fowler Centre
The Ten Tenors
The Power of TEN is a celebration of the exhilarating and unique sound for which The TEN Tenors are now world-renowned.
14 May
St James Theatre
Heath Franklin’s Chopper
Heath Franklin's Chopper is back throwing out the sh!t bits, and creating the world's newest superpower - Anzakistan. Now Chopper is ready to law down the law.
15 May
Opera House
Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure
Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure is coming to NZ in May 2016. The arena spectacular brings to life the critically-acclaimed, smash-hit Ice Age movies to the stage
20 May - 22 May
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
CMNZ: Enso String Quartet
The Enso String Quartet return to New Zealand following their successful 2012 tour with an exciting series of concerts...
20 May
Michael Fowler Centre
The Magic Flute
A celebration of true love conquering all, Mozart’s The Magic Flute is the opera that has it all - drama, comedy, magic, good conquering evil and of course, the most sublime music.
28 May - 4 June
St James Theatre
June 2016
QUINTESSENCE: NZSQ & James Dunham
The New Zealand String Quartet is joined by Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for this special experience
17 February - 17 September
Michael Fowler Centre
The Magic Flute
A celebration of true love conquering all, Mozart’s The Magic Flute is the opera that has it all - drama, comedy, magic, good conquering evil and of course, the most sublime music.
28 May - 4 June
St James Theatre
The Michael Jackson HIStory Show
This show features all of MJ’s greatest hits performed live by multi-talented impersonator Dantanio.
5 June
Opera House
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one.This wildly popular international phenomenon comes to New Zealand for the first time
7 June - 12 June
St James Theatre
Scheherazade
We welcome back to the NZSO the Peruvian maestro and master of colour, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, in this sumptuous programme of lush exoticism.
17 June
Michael Fowler Centre
July 2016
QUINTESSENCE: NZSQ & James Dunham
The New Zealand String Quartet is joined by Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for this special experience
17 February - 17 September
Michael Fowler Centre
CMNZ: Suyeon Kang & Stephen De Pledge
In 2015 Suyeon Kang became the first Australian to win the coveted Michael Hill International Violin Competition; also taking home the Audience Prize.
2 July
Michael Fowler Centre
Sir Andrew Davis: Illuminations
An immense mystery and awe lies at the centre of Messiaen’s hypnotic last work, Eclairs sur l’Au-Delà, (Illuminations of the Beyond).
8 July
Michael Fowler Centre
Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival
Get ready to enter a world of enchantment featuring the most magical moments from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival.
28 July - 31 July
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
CMNZ: Julian Bliss & NZTrio
British clarinet prodigy Julian Bliss is back in the country, joining forces with our own adventurous NZTrio.
28 July
Michael Fowler Centre
Mozart & Strauss
In a concert of contrasts, hear Maestro Edo de Waart’s interpretations of Mozart and Strauss masterworks.
30 July
Michael Fowler Centre
August 2016
QUINTESSENCE: NZSQ & James Dunham
The New Zealand String Quartet is joined by Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for this special experience
17 February - 17 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Strauss: Four Last Songs
The rapturous Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss represent a pinnacle in the orchestral song repertoire.
6 August
Michael Fowler Centre
Royal New Zealand Ballet - Giselle
Romantic, mystical and lyrical, Giselle is a timeless production of one of classical ballet’s great stories.
11 August - 14 August
St James Theatre
Menopause The Musical
Ladies – and brave men keen to avoid domestic meltdowns by not attending – MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL is set to pour more blood, sweat (think buckets) and tears...
25 August
Opera House
September 2016
QUINTESSENCE: NZSQ & James Dunham
The New Zealand String Quartet is joined by Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for this special experience
17 February - 17 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Swing into Spring
Visiting 12 centres throughout New Zealand from Kerikeri to Invercargill, Swing into Spring is our most extensive tour of the season.
3 September
Michael Fowler Centre
October 2016
The Gruffalo
After sell-out seasons throughout the world, including the West End and Broadway,The Gruffalo returns in 2016!
6 October - 8 October
Opera House
Hi-5 - House of Dreams
Hi-5 are so excited to be returning to New Zealand after many years and are thrilled to be on free-to-air with their broadcast partners Channel FOUR.
8 October
St James Theatre
Bold Worlds: New Frontiers
We celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with his minimalist Three Movements. A world of delicate rhythmic and harmonic variations
8 October
Michael Fowler Centre
CMNZ: London Conchord Ensemble
The London Conchord Ensemble is one of Europe’s leading chamber ensembles. They are known for their imaginative programming, which has won them many accolades in their twelve-year history.
13 October
Michael Fowler Centre
Mozart & Elgar
In the last of our Masterworks series, Maestro Edo de Waart continues his season of great works with a programme of Mozart and Elgar.
29 October
Michael Fowler Centre
November 2016
A Symphonic Night at the Movies: Vertigo
The shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most famous moments in film history.
26 November
Michael Fowler Centre
A Symphonic Night at the Movies: Psycho
The shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most famous moments in film history.
26 November
Michael Fowler Centre
December 2016
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
After a string of triumphant 2015 dates across North America, BEN HARPER and the Innocent Criminals will embark on a headline tour coming to New Zealand
4 December
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
Handel's Messiah
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a performance of Handel’s magnificent Messiah.
10 December
Michael Fowler Centre