Welcome to the home of locally crafted theatre.

For nearly 100 years, Riverlea Theatre has been at the heart of Hillcrest, and a well-loved member of the Waikato arts community.

Up next at Riverlea...

Our Societies

We pride ourselves on being the home to Hamilton Musical Theatre, Hamilton Playbox, and Stagecraft.

Hamilton Musical Theatre (formerly Musikmakers) have been creating quality musical theatre in Hamilton for over 50 years...

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'Legally Blonde: The Musical' - 2017

Hamilton Playbox are one of the Waikato's oldest repertory societies having been established in 1933 by Walter Russell-Wood...

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'Noises Off' by Michael Frayn - 2017

Stagecraft is our set of drama and musical theatre classes run in Terms 1 - 3 each year, facilitated by experts from the community...

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Stagecraft Performance Showcase - 2020

Book your next function...

Riverlea Theatre houses a number of multi-functional spaces available for private hire.


Getting ahead of the game

Community theatre is the best training ground for aspiring theatre makers and artists.

Cool people you might know who have graced the Riverlea Theatre stage:

  • Kimbra (Singer/Performer)
  • Te Radar (Comedian/Actor)
  • Benny Marama (Playwright)
  • Jordan Mooney (Actor)

Riverlea Theatre Board Executive

The Riverlea Theatre Board is made up of volunteers from the community, and each of the resident societies.


David Waine

Mark Perry

The Board meets bi-monthly to discuss matters regarding the venue, and ongoing fundraising ventures for Riverlea's upgrade.


Lee Owens

Guy Domett

Get in touch!

The theatre manager is on site five days a week, Monday to Friday. If you want to enquire about Stagecraft or booking a space, don't hesitate to reach out.