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Council to explore proposals for Founders Theatre
12th December, 2017

Hamilton City Council has voted in favour of exploring proposals for new uses of the city’s ageing Founders Theatre. The historic theatre was closed in February 2016 due to concerns about… Read more

Theatre matters set for public consultation
21st September, 2017

Two significant theatre projects will be the subject of public consultation processes following today’s Hamilton City Council meeting. The Council wants wider public feedback on the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre and… Read more

Punjabi community marks milestone with Claudelands event
21st April, 2016

New Zealand's Punjabi community will celebrate 125 years in New Zealand this month with an event at Hamilton's Claudelands. The sixth annual Vaisakhi Mela will be held in Claudelands Arena on… Read more

Public discussion on future of Founders Theatre
31st March, 2016

Hamilton's community will have a say in the future of the Founders Theatre. At its monthly meeting today, Hamilton City Council voted unanimously in favour of public consultation to gauge the… Read more

Performance changes following Founders closure
18th March, 2016

Acclaimed Polish jazz pianist Artur Dutkiewicz will perform in the Founders Theatre foyer this month, one of several changes to planned shows. The Council's Chief Executive Richard Briggs announced the closure… Read more

Council to cover show cancellation costs‏
8th March, 2016

Hamilton City Council will cover the costs of Hamilton Operatic Society's cancellation of its planned season of Mary Poppins at Founders Theatre. The society announced the cancellation of the show tonight… Read more

Theatre closure forces change of venue for national touring show but the show will go on!
4th March, 2016

Silo Theatre Confirms New Venue For Large Scale Show In Hamilton Despite the closure  and the Hamilton City Council’s decision to close Founders Theatre,  with the support of H3, who have… Read more

Founders' events find new homes
2nd March, 2016

Three upcoming events originally scheduled for Founders Theatre have already found new venues – this follows the immediate closure of Founders yesterday on health and safety grounds. James Reyne is moving… Read more

James Reyne: Hamilton Venue Change
2nd March, 2016

The Founders Theatre in Hamilton is closing immediately until further notice, which means the James Reyne plays Australian Crawl concert in Hamilton is moving to a new venue.… Read more

Founders Theatre to close as an interim measure
1st March, 2016

Hamilton’s Founders Theatre has been forced to close on an interim basis because of safety concerns around the Theatre’s flying system. Hamilton City Council Chief Executive Richard Briggs made the decision… Read more

Hello Sailor 40th Anniversary Tour Canelled
7th August, 2015

HELLO SAILOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR CANCELLED FUNDRAISER ANNOUNCED Brent Eccles Entertainment Ltd, promoters of The Hello Sailor 40th Anniversary Tour, regret to advise that the tour has been cancelled due to illness. Hello… Read more

10cc is coming to Founders Theatres
21st May, 2015

English art rock band 10cc are returning to New Zealand for seven shows in Auckland, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Hamilton this November 10-17. 10cc, comprising Graham Gouldman,… Read more

Raymond Crowe – The Unusualist
11th November, 2014

Illusionist * Magician * Hand Shadow Artist Ventriloquist * Mime Artist * Comedian Fresh from travelling the world with a sell-out tour of 50 performances with the prestigious international production The… Read more

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story
20th October, 2014

TOURING NZ MARCH & APRIL 2015Seen by over 22 million people worldwide Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is today announced to tour New Zealand in March and April 2015, taking… Read more

National Country Music Awards 2014
9th June, 2014

Kiwi Pro-Am presents the 2014 National Country Music Awards at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre on Saturday 16 August.Featuring some of New Zealand’s brightest country music stars in annual star-studded red carpet… Read more

One Night of Queen
17th March, 2014

ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works He is the champion, my friends. When it comes to resurrecting the spirit of the late, great Freddie Mercury, no one comes… Read more

Hamilton Set to Shake, Rattle and Roll to 50s Hits
20th February, 2014

Bill Haley Jr, son of the founding father of rock ‘n’ roll, is set to shake, rattle and roll New Zealand next month with a show so authentic revellers will… Read more

Julia Picked as Phantom's Muse
5th December, 2013

What is it like being the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius?  Hamilton soprano Julia Booth will soon be able to tell you, when she steps into the leading role… Read more

Fly My Pretties – The Homeland Recordings Out Friday 29th November
22nd November, 2013

Following an unforgettable tour, Fly My Pretties are now set to release their fifth album, The Homeland Recordings, out Friday 29th November. Recorded live in intimate venues throughout the country, the… Read more

Fly My Pretties Homeland Tour kicks off in Kaitaia!
5th September, 2013

Fly My Pretties Homeland Tour kicks off in Kaitaia! Last Saturday the Fly My Pretties Homeland cast came together at 'the tail of the fish' to create a new basket of… Read more

The King Is Back - World’s best Elvis impersonator returns to New Zealand this October
2nd September, 2013

He was one of the most important figures of the 20th century pop culture. A cultural icon, referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "The King". Now… Read more

Topp Twins Concerts Postponed
30th August, 2013

The Grand Ole Topp’ry tour featuring well-loved New Zealand entertainers The Topp Twins and special guests has been postponed until next year. The 11-centre tour was to have taken place in… Read more

The Wiggles' Ready, Steady, Wiggle Tour
19th August, 2013

It's Ready, Steady, Wiggle! time New Zealand! After 22 years of entertaining children around the globe, The Wiggles return for their biggest New Zealand tour in a decade with The… Read more

Much-Loved Auckland Theatre Company Show Hits The Road
12th August, 2013

From the bros of Bro' Town and Naked Samoans Oscar Kightley and Dave Armstrong, comes Niu Sila, a comedy about a friendship that spans 40 years, two cultures…and one street.… Read more

Fly My Pretties Homeland Tour - Concept Announcement
12th August, 2013

Throughout the decade that Fly My Pretties has regularly united, the collective has worked and collaborated with a range of creatives and organisations - and the upcoming Homeland Tour marks… Read more

You Gotta Be Joking
1st August, 2013

The perfect comedy for your pre-Christmas get together! You can take the cockie out of the country, but the manure remains when Dickie Hart sells up the back-country farm and moves… Read more

The Defining Brave Tour
30th July, 2013

Massive Company hits the road for their 2013 North Island Tour of their celebrated production THE BRAVE. Eight men take to the stage to boldly declare THIS IS ME, with the… Read more

Fly My Pretties Homeland Tour - Cast Announced!
17th July, 2013

Fly My Pretties has proudly introduced many breakthrough musicians over the past decade and once again, the Homeland Tour brings together an exciting mix of undiscovered and established talent to… Read more

Finalists Named - National Country Music Awards 2013
16th July, 2013

Voting has closed for the 2013 National Country Music Awards to be held at Founders Theatre, Hamilton on Saturday 17th August. The cream of New Zealand’s country music stars will assemble… Read more

Soundtrack for Second Hobbit Film to be Recorded by the NZSO
12th July, 2013

Soundtrack for the second Hobbit film is to be recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at Wellington's Town Hall. New Zealand’s national orchestra will record the soundtrack for Sir Peter… Read more

Topp Twins Celebrate Country Music Greats on National Tour in October
8th July, 2013

Well-loved New Zealand entertainers Lynda and Jools Topp are taking to the road in October with a new show paying homage to country music greats, and celebrating original Kiwi country… Read more

Get Ready for the 2013 National Country Music Awards
2nd May, 2013

Featuring a LIVE performance from American Grammy Award Winning Queen of Hearts JUICE NEWTON One of the most prestigious events on the country music calendar, the 2013 National Country Music Awards… Read more

Stash the Gold, Guard the Women and Hide the Rum - The "Pirates" Are Coming!
4th April, 2013

Gilbert and Sullivan's PIRATES OF PENZANCE will set sail around New Zealand in August and September, directed by Raymond Hawthorne and featuring an all-star cast including George Henare (Modern Major… Read more