Theatre study says city’s need is urgent
Plans for a new Queen St theatre have been bolstered by an independent study reported to the Auckland City Council today.
The report into theatre venues urges the council to progress Q Theatre as quickly as possible.
Consultants Horwarth HTL say the planned flexi-form theatre meets the city’s most urgent need: “While Q Theatre is not the complete solution, it will address many significant issues and could also be used by Auckland Theatre Company.”
The council commissioned the study in response to concerns over escalating costs for Q Theatre and disagreement in the arts sector.
The report says a flexi-form venue of between 250 and 450 seats should be the council’s highest priority.
Authors also recommend development of a drama theatre of up to 600 seats, and a smaller studio theatre.
And they say the council should take a closer look at the mothballed St James Theatre for future redevelopment.
The report says a lack of venues has resulted in arts funding being denied and touring companies choosing to go elsewhere.
Q Theatre is in the final stages of planning, with an announcement on funding from the Lotteries Commission expected later in the year.
The terms of the $6 million grant are being kept secret, but it’s understood the council has been asked to provide extra funding.
A confidential item on Q Theatre is also included in today’s meeting of the arts, culture and recreation committee.
Plans bolstered: An artist’s impression of Q Theatre, which has received a boost in an independent study.