BATS Theatre

About BATS Theatre

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Inspired people, new ideas, innovation and exciting performance are the lifeblood of theatre practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

BATS Theatre’s Purpose/Kaupapa is to provide a supportive, professional and accessible theatre venue that fosters the development of practitioners, audiences and New Zealand performance work.

BATS theatre is a presenter venue staging an annual programme to its audience. Our programme aims to develop live performance practitioners, audiences and new theatre works from Aotearoa New Zealand, presenting the best of cutting edge and experimental theatre from New Zealand and overseas. Many of these works go on tour and become national hits and even if the shows don’t continue on, the actors, writers, producers, designers and directors do.

As a presenting venue we are reliant on co-operatives wanting to produce works at BATS. These co-operatives are driven by artists, producers and already established theatre companies who submit scripts or proposals for us to consider in our programming.

Fundamental to BATS is the maintenance of low ticket prices and a share/risk policy between the theatre & co operatives which ensures that we remain New Zealand’s most accessible professional theatre for both audiences and practitioners – we want going to the Theatre to be as easy and accessible as going to the movies!

Ticket prices average around: $15 to $20 for waged persons, and $12 to $15 for unwaged persons.

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Current Shows

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A Christmas Karel Capek

Full of hatred for Christmas, David and Brianne decide to counter their shared misanthropy by building a robot to do all their human interaction for them so they won’t have to face another festive season. Songs! Comedy! Existential angst! A Festivus extravaganza from the producers of Richard III and Lysistrata! *Be a Christmas star* Bring a can of food or an unwrapped new gift to donate to The Wellington City Mission and receive your ticket at the concession price! Show duration is approximately 90 minutes. A Christmas Karel Capek takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements so that appropriate arrangements can be made. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.