Individual Supporters

Support our Return to the St James Theatre

We are excited for the Royal New Zealand Ballet to return to its permanent home the St James Theatre, in 2022.

September 2022 Update

We are excited that the refurbishment of the RNZB’s home is now underway.

Maycroft Construction were able to start works in mid-July, after completing the $42m seismic upgrade of the St James Theatre for Wellington City Council. The theatre has now re-opened to the public, and it was pleasing to see crowds of happy patrons return to this much-loved venue during our season of Cinderella.

Refurbishment of the two upper floors at the St James, which RNZB leases from WCC, will take seven months. We are on track to move our costume workshop back to the St James in November, with the dancers moving in January and the remaining staff in February 2023.

We met our original fundraising target, but unprecedented cost pressures and additional work undertaken to bring our Production Team in house means that the total cost of the refurbishment will be $4.58m.

Your support at this pivotal stage will make a significant difference to the future of your national ballet company. We need your help to get us over the finish line.

Total raised: $4.42m

Target: $4.58m

Deficit: $160k


Wellington’s iconic St James Theatre – home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet – will soon reopen to the public following a four-year closure for seismic strengthening and renovations.

With your help, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and its home will be a cornerstone for our community and the creative arts for the benefit of Wellington and Aotearoa.

Our moment. Our vision.


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Will you invest in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s future?

Support for this campaign has the power to transform the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the dance community in New Zealand significantly. Refurbishment has brought with it a valuable opportunity that the Company is excited to embrace.

For further information please contact:

Kerry Prendergast
Acting Executive Director
021 245 5933

Elizabeth Isaacs
Philanthropy Manager
021 247 7744

Susannah Lees-Jeffries
Director of Marketing and Development
021 245 4329

Our heartfelt thanks to the generous supporters of our return home to the St James Theatre


RNZB Foundation
Ministry for Culture & Heritage, Manatū Taonga
Wellington City Council
NZ Community Trust
Pub Charity Limited
Adam Foundation
Moller Architects


Fran & Ron Dixon
Catherine & Steven Fyfe
The Family of Sir John Todd


Dr Rosi Horrocks


Lilias & Johnny Bell
Ann-Louise & Campbell Gower
Faith Taylor
van der Boyes Family Trust


Mark & Louise Binns
Bruce Rae & Margaret Mabbett


AI Boddy
Martin Lenart & Penney Moir
Jane Meares & Denis Clifford
Richard Stone & Dennis Roberts


NZ Lottery Grants Board
TG Macarthy Trust
Four Winds Foundation
Forsyth Barr

RNZB Leaping into the Future 2021_National_001_Page_01 Saul Newport. Photo: Ross Brown St James Studio 1 Studio 1 under construction, awaiting new sprung dance floor. St James Costume workroom The Costume workroom is being upgraded and will provide more space for costume storage, millinery and props. bathroom and changing facilities New bathroom and changing facilities are being created for the dancers Administration area The administration area is being expanded and reconfigured.

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