The PumpHouse celebrates 40th Anniversary

The PumpHouse Theatre mark their 40th anniversary as a thriving, key venue in Auckland’s arts and cultural scene in 2017. Since 1977 the theatre space has seen hundreds of productions staged, hosted workshops, discussions and classes, and has nurtured generations of local arts enthusiasts

Over the weekend of 5th and 6th May, the PumpHouse Theatre will host a range of events to toast, and rejoice with, those involved in the theatre’s rich history, and to encourage the wider community to discover more about the dynamic venue.

In the lead-up, Love Letters by AR Gurney will be performed by Max and Sue Golding. This couple tread the boards in The PumpHouse Theatre’s very first production, and were early members of the North Shore Theatre and Arts Trust when the theatre was established. From Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 May, the Pulitzer Prize winning classic will illuminate a couple’s ambitions, dreams and disappointments, over a 50-year relationship.

The big weekend kicks off on Friday 5 May, with a VIP cocktail function to acknowledge the key supporters and volunteers involved in the not-for-profit venue. On Saturday 6 May, the PumpHouse Theatre will throw open their doors to the community, offering backstage tours, costume displays, and family-friendly entertainment featuring a range of performances and activities including kapa haka, buskers and face-painting. Later on, the PumpHouse Evening Showcase will offer a taste of short performances by the many local theatre organisations – both grassroots and professional.

Built in 1905, the attractive brick building was originally a water pumping station that supplied Lake Pupuke water to North Shore’s early settlers. In 1983 the PumpHouse was listed as a Category II Historic Building under the protection of The New Zealand Historic Places Trust. In the 1970s the buildings were saved from demolition by local residents, who worked to convert the grand venue into a theatre and arts centre.

Peg Escott, an accomplished writer, poet and playwright, was a driving force in saving the old building. Escott tragically passed in 1977, and it is believed her presence still lingers in the theatre –drawing attention from both venues hirers and paranormal investigators such as Haunted Auckland.

Today, the PumpHouse Theatre is a vibrant, inclusive, artist led arts centre who proudly support local performers with a story to tell. From the diverse range of shows offered, some highlights include the premiere of transgender musical People Like Us, i-Start Chinese Theatre’s regular productions of locally-written works in Mandarin Chinese such as A Story About a Poet, and staging Kōrero Pūrākau - a retelling of local Māori stories by local students, coached and directed by Rawiri Paratene.

The PumpHouse Theatre 40th Anniversary Celebrations

The PumpHouse Theatre

Killarney Park, off Manurere Avenue, Takapuna


Love Letters

Tuesday 2 May – Thursday 4nd Mayth

Tickets on sale soon.

VIP cocktail function

Friday 5 Mayth

Invitation only


Family-friendly open day

Saturday 6 May, 10 am until 4 pmth

Free to all


PumpHouse Evening Showcase

Saturday 6 May, 7:00 pmth

All tickets $10.00 on sale soon.