A new phase for Mercury Theatre
A once idle Auckland theatre has come under new management, and it’s wasting no time in breathing life back into the grand old dame.
The newly created Mercury Theatre Production Company (MTPC) has been established with the purpose of overseeing the operations of the iconic Mercury Theatre.
Located just off Karangahape Rd, the 117-year-old, heritage two protected building houses 775 seats.
Mercury Theatre Production Company director Conor Candler said he was given the ‘‘challenge to get this girl back on the map’’.
‘‘We are taking it now from a theatre that was occasionally open to one that is now regularly open,’’ Candler said.
Mercury Theatre closed its doors in 1991, and only partially reopened three years ago in 2014.
Nevertheless, extensive renovation work had taken place over the past 10 years to return it to its original glory, including main stage extensions and LED lighting installed, he said.
To showcase its new direction, Candler had organised a triple bill of Charlie Chaplin’s most famous movies, all being screened in black and white and with original early 20th century subtitles on September 30 and October 1.
Mercury Theatre Production Company director Conor Candler has been challenged to get Mercury Theatre back on the map.