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.

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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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - 2021

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

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Move Over Mrs Markham - 2021

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 Showcase - 2022

Book your next function...

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

Technical Desk

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)

Riverlea Theatre 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


Guy Domett

Get in touch!

Jenny, our Theatre Administrator is available at the theatre Monday to Friday by appointment.

If you want to enquire about Stagecraft or booking a space, don't hesitate to reach out.