In May 2017 we celebrate our 40th anniversary as a thriving, key venue in Auckland’s arts and cultural scene.

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.


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.

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.

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