Riverlea Theatre

Waikato-based community theatre and arts centre, and home
to Stagecraft, Hamilton Musical Theatre, and Hamilton Playbox.

Home of locally crafted theatre

As well as being on offer as a venue for hire, Riverlea Theatre is also home to Stagecraft, Hamilton Musical Theatre and the Hamilton Playbox Repertory Society. Between the groups they produce eight productions every year.


Musikmakers have been producing musical theatre in Hamilton for over 50 years...

Learn more


Hamilton Playbox is one of New Zealand's longest running dramatic societies having been in operation since 1933...

Learn more


Stage Craft is Riverlea Theatre's offering of stage and drama classes for young people wanting to learn more about creating theatre.

Learn more

Venue for Hire

Our theatre has a range of spaces for hire:

  • 139-seat auditorium
  • Carpeted lounge (with fully licensed bar facilities)
  • Free parking

Sponsorship Packages

Help us to re-build Riverlea Theatre and improve the quality of community theatre here in Hamilton, and help create a collaborative, communicative, and creative workforce by supporting local arts education, and production. We have a range of sponsorship packages available whether you are looking to make a small donation through our Givealittle page; or become one of our important sponsors as below. There is even an option for you to name one of our rehearsal spaces, or other areas of the theatre.

Riverlea Theatre Board Executive


David Waine

Guy Domett


Lee Owens

Mark Perry

Riverlea Theatre Sponsors


Get in touch!

Whether you want to book one of our spaces for hire, or find out about ticket booking and upcoming productions, get in touch with our theatre manager Jane Norridge.