Story: Theatres, cinemas and halls

First performance venue

First performance venue

The Albert Theatre was New Zealand's first performance venue, a back room in Watson's Hotel on Auckland's High Street. This is the advertisement for the venue's first play, The lawyer outwitted, performed on 24 December 1841. David Osborne's claim that it was a 'new Extravaganza' was somewhat theatrical. It had first been put on in London in 1811. 

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Reference: New Zealand Herald and Auckland Gazette, 22 December 1841, p. 1

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Theatres, cinemas and halls - Colonial period', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/42369/first-performance-venue (accessed 29 May 2020)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014