The Performing Arts Precinct is the city's outlet for creative performance, offering first-rate facilities for music, drama, dance and other performing arts.
One of the anchor projects in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, the Performing Arts Precinct is being built in the block bounded by Armagh, Gloucester, Colombo and New Regent Streets.
The Performing Arts Precinct currently includes the Isaac Theatre Royal and The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts.
The Council is working in partnership with The Court Theatre to build the theatre’s new central city home in the precinct. The project is currently in its design phase, with construction on the new theatre building expected to begin in early 2022. It's expected the new Court Theatre will open in late 2023.
The Council is also in negotiations with a preferred company for a multi-storey parking building within the Performing Arts Precinct. At this stage, it’s expected the parking building will open in Gloucester Street in mid to late 2023.
The concept design(external link) for the new Court Theatre was released in November 2020 (see images below).
The preliminary design was released in May 2021 (see images below).
A collective vision
The Council and the Central Christchurch Development Unit jointly managed the development of the Performing Arts Precinct site before the disestablishment of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.
They worked with a stakeholder group to develop a shared vision of what the Performing Arts Precinct could be.
Rebuilding the Central City with the Performing Arts: The vision for the Performing Arts Precinct [PDF, 2.1 MB] describes the shared vision and aims to provide a picture in people's minds as to what the Precinct could be.
It picks up on themes from the Share an Idea campaign around activation, vibrancy, diversity, mixed uses, collaboration, and access for all.