Hannah Playhouse - an independently run theatre venue for hire

Primarily used for performing arts experiences, the Hannah is located on the corner of Courtenay Place and Cambridge Terrace, it sits in the centre of the Wellington entertainment district. Managed under the auspices of the Experience Wellington, a charitable trust, the Playhouse seats 250 patrons, with one wheelchair position.

Purpose built, the Hannah opened in October 1973 and it is now the home of performance experiences for all! The distinctive design and signature roof line won a New Zealand Institute of Architects National Award in 1978 and an award for enduring architecture in 2006. 

"Hannah Playhouse is an excellent choice for any show, whether it be musical theatre or in our case a choir concert. The venue staff are pro active and very experienced. The venue itself is surprisingly well equipped and versatile, and of course in an iconic part of Wellington's performing arts scene". Greg Maxted, Supertonic Choir

Stage and Auditorium Hire


The Hannah Playhouse is an independently run theatre venue for hire, primarily used for performing arts experiences. Managed under the auspices of Experience Wellington, a charitable trust, it seats up to 250 patrons, plus has one wheelchair position. The Hannah is a ‘bare walls’ venue for hire. Lighting, technical equipment and some staff hours are on charged to the hirer.

"A space like Hannah Playhouse can very quickly feel like home when you are working in the space for a few weeks. Plenty of space throughout the venue to hold a large company. Being the only company in at one time meant we had the freedom and the quiet to move through the space and have multiple pockets of creativity going on. We were well looked after by staff and would definitely re-book". Sasha Gibb, The Conch


The volume of staff required will be dependent on your event. All staff have a minimum three hour call. The House Technician must be on site whenever the Hirer is on the level 2 of the building. A minimum of 2 ushers are required for performances using the Stalls seating area only. An additional 75 seats are located in the Balcony and an additional usher is required if this area is used. Other potential services include: in-house Box Office staff and service; programme / merchandise sellers; technical staff to rig and operate lighting, sound; or other equipment as required.


The venue has a standing arrangement with Grouse Lighting to provide equipment at a discounted rate for use in the venue. The Hannah Playhouse has a lighting rig equipment available onsite, with lights, cables and a lighting desk supplied by Grouse Lighting (see the Technical Specifications). Any additional equipment can also be sourced at a discount. Each production is required to provide a technical operator for lights and sound. If you are unable to provide your own sound and lighting crew / operators, we are also able to assist in booking local crew for you.


You are welcome to use our in-house ticketing system or an outside ticketing agency. In-house ticketing is done using Patronbase ticketing software and charges are available on request.

"We were very impressed with communication from the venue leading up to the event. It was a nice surprise to work with a venue that was so pro active in helping us to push ticket sales". Greg Maxted, Supertonic Choir


The Hannah Bar is open prior to, during intervals and post performance. The Bar is located on level 1. Catering and entertainment options can be arranged as required.

For further information or to check available dates, contact us using the form below, or phone 04 894-7412.

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Other Experience Wellington venues also have spaces available for hire.

Proud to be an Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand Member

Proud to be an Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand Member