The home of local community theatre.

For 40 years Riverlea Theatre has been in the heart of Kirikiriroa, and a well-loved member of the Waikato arts community.

What's On

Book a Space

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

Our Societies

We pride ourselves on being the home to three of Hamilton's theatre societies.

HMT - Young Frankenstein

Hamilton Musical Theatre

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

Hamilton Playbox - Move Over Mrs. Markham

Hamilton Playbox

Established in 1933 by Walter Russell-Woodare, Hamilton Playbox is one of the Waikato's oldest repertory societies...

Stagecraft - 2022 Showcase


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

About Us

The Riverlea Theatre and Arts Centre was established in 1984 as a cooperative venture

between a number of theatre groups and the Waikato Society of Potters.

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)
  • Jordan Mooney (Actor)
  • Dane Moeke (Singer)

Our Board Executive

The Riverlea Theatre Board is made up of volunteers from both, the theatre and wider community, as well as each of the resident societies.

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


Jenni Murphy-Scanlon


Lee Owens


Mark Perry


Rob Braithwaite

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