ATC Updates

15 AUG 2020 — Latest News



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre




Auckland Theatre Company Updates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ATC team will remain working from afar! Keep checking in on this event for our updates, entertainment and industry support.

Kia kaha,

The ATC whānau

Please check the Ministry of Health website for advice on how to stay healthy and safe. If you are seeking information on COVID-19 please visit


Dates &

Sat 15 Aug 1:00 PM

Contact Us

Physical offices are closed until further notice

Due to COVID-19 ASB Waterfront Theatre and Auckland Theatre Company's Balmoral office are closed until further notice.

Though our box office is still open and operating remotely, we are currently experiencing difficulty transferring our phone lines. We hope to have this resolved soon but in the meantime if you wish to contact box office please email us. 

For more information:

Box office and Show Enquiries

Phone. 0800 ATC TIX (282 849) 



Auckland Theatre Company Administration and Rehearsals

Phone. 09 309 0390




Friday 20 March, 2020

Kia ora,

The effects of COVID-19 and the restrictions on the size of public gatherings mean Auckland Theatre Company cannot perform as normal. Our plans have had to change dramatically.

The ASB season of The Miracle Worker and the MiNDFOOD season of The Master Builder are cancelled. The Haka Party Incident as well as the annual HERE & NOW Festival are postponed. We have decided to take the Company online for the next few months and create work with our artists for you to see in the digital space rather than the theatre. 

This follows previously advised cancellations of our Winding Up tour, that was due to play New Plymouth on 20 and 21 March and Tauranga 25 and 26 March, and our Q Theatre season of Black Lover, which was scheduled to play until 4 April.  

Although for the foreseeable future we cannot stage our work in the theatre for an audience, we are fully committed to the works, our artists, our audiences and the act of creating theatre.

The artists engaged for the ASB season of The Miracle Worker and the MiNDFOOD season of The Master Builder will be invited to create digital work that will keep our artists employed, our audiences engaged and the Company making theatre. We are excited by the tantalising prospect of what may be created for the web. More on exactly what form that will take soon.

The Haka Party Incident, to which we remain completely committed, will be rescheduled to another time, either in 2020 or next year. We will also postpone our annual HERE & NOW Festival, which will either be rescheduled to a later date or take place in an online format in collaboration with our young theatre-makers.

Performing on the stage is the very essence of who we are, so you will appreciate this has been a heart-wrenching decision to make. But there is no question what is required right now is to act in a way that limits the spread of COVID-19, and so in that sense it has been a straightforward call.

In responding to this moment of challenge our focus has been to keep our people safe, to be a supportive employer and to preserve a strong company that remains a place where artists create theatre.

We are very conscious of the consequences for our employees. For people under contract, those contracts will be honoured and people will be paid. We are actively engaging with our workers, offering support services and doing what is possible to provide paid work.

You will appreciate the financial impact on ATC is unprecedented.  If you’re able, we hope you’ll consider making a donation.

During this challenging and unpredictable time, your support of Auckland Theatre Company and the work of the artists of the theatre community is especially meaningful.  

When the restrictions on public gatherings ease, we will be ready to return with gusto. In the meantime, see you online very soon.

Ngā mihi nui,

Jonathan Bielski                                   Colin McColl ONZM

Chief Executive Officer                          Artistic Director

Wellbeing help available


Kiwi music industry charity MusicHelps have extended their services to the broader arts community, in response to industry-wide need for support due to the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 has had on the performing arts.

 The MusicHelps Wellbeing Service is a FREE 24/7 online, on the phone (tollfree 0508MUSICHELP), and in-person counselling service. This service is being extended to the wider arts community with immediate effect, thanks to the kind generosity of MusicHelps along with NZ Comedy Trust, Auckland Live, and Auckland Theatre Company. People who work in the Arts Community, including comedians, actors, technicians, festival staff and crew, venue staff, and more people in the arts industry who have had their livelihoods affected, can now access the MusicHelps Wellbeing Service.

“Access to trained counsellors who understand the creative arts is so greatly needed in the wider arts community right now, so we are happy to open up our service which is already established and ready to help in this climate.” said Campbell Smith, Chairperson of MusicHelps.

The impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 on the wider arts and music environment has been rapid and its effects widespread. In addition to the counselling services available, much of the information currently available on the MusicHelps website is also applicable to people in the arts community. MusicHelps recognises that safeguarding finances as well as physical, mental, and emotional health will be key to navigating the current situation successfully. Information regarding COVID-19 related cancellations, postponements, and other changes can be found in a specific section on the MusicHelps website, which includes resources about financial aid and touring advice:

More generally, trained counsellors at MusicHelps can talk callers through issues they are facing, and connect callers with face to face counselling and advice from their specialist local teams. All MusicHelps counsellors have a proven track record in the creative industries, and can provide access to other services for specific needs if necessary. MusicHelps provides information on some of the warning signs to look for in yourself and others, how to start the conversation with someone you’re worried about, information on mental health, links to online tools you might find useful, tips on how to maintain positive wellbeing and the numbers of other organisations that can help.



Auckland Theatre Company

Black Lover, the ASB season of The Miracle Worker and the MiNDFOOD season of The Master Builder are cancelled. 

We will be in contact with all ticket holders as soon as we can to arrange a transfer or refund. As you can imagine, our Box Office is fielding a tremendous volume of requests and we greatly appreciate your patience, support and understanding.



The Haka Party Incident and HERE & NOW Festival are postponed.


The safety of our audiences continues to be our greatest priority and for this reason, we feel we can no longer continue with these seasons at this time.

We will be in contact with all ticket holders as soon as we can with the new date for The Haka Party Incident. As you can imagine, our Box Office is fielding a tremendous volume of requests and we greatly appreciate your patience, support and understanding.


Winding Up tour

ATC’s Winding Up Tour performances in Tauranga are cancelled.

For information on refunds for these performances please contact Ticketek on 0800 842 538 or 


ATC’s Winding Up Tour performances in New Plymouth are postponed. 

Once the new date is confirmed ticket holders will be contacted directly.


Auckland Arts Festival


Watt and Dimanche are cancelled

We ask that you please consider donating to support Auckland Arts Festival.  Cancelling Dimanche and Watt along with other shows has been a major blow for the Festival and artists. Those who wish to donate can email

If you purchased your tickets through ASB Waterfront Theatre we will be in contact within the next few days to arrange for a donation or refund. As you can imagine, our box office is fielding a tremendous volume of requests and we greatly appreciate your patience, support and understanding.