Latest ITR News, here’s to a constructive 2013!
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Hope you all had a fabulous Xmas and summer break, what a summer it’s been so far! A belated happy new year too – 2013 is hopefully going to be a much more ‘constructive’ year for us all… With so much of our city disappearing before our eyes in 2012, it is refreshing to see new and creative shapes popping up around the CBD fringes and also real progress being made in New Regent Street which is on track to open at the end of March and bring some life back to the ITR’s surrounds… The restored heritage street will provide a great viewing spot for all the ‘upward moving’ construction work on the ITR’s rebuild programme over the next 12-14 months… It’s so nice to be able to say now “She’ll be open NEXT YEAR…” – let’s get on with the show!
Looking back on 2012…
2012 was all about planning, fundraising and deconstructing! But the year’s highlights were undoubtedly the massive media coverage around some amazingly generous personal fundraising efforts – The Wizard of Middle Earth himself, Sir Ian McKellen, performed 15 sold out shows to over 7000 people around NZ raising over $350,000 for the ITR’s rebuild.
NZ’s world famous Flight Of The Conchords raised a further $125,000 from their Christchurch concert. Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O’Brien and ‘The Hobbit’ creator Sir Peter Jackson both personally donated $100,000.
British actress Miriam Margolyes raised $10,500 from her ‘intimate’ Christchurch show and local ladies “The Bitches’ Box” donated another $7000, making a staggering total of over $500,000 raised by some pretty special Friends of the ITR…
Thank you once again one & all!
On a very sad note we said farewell to Diana Lady Isaac the theatre’s namesake and major benefactor during the last big rebuild project in 2004.
ITR’s fundraising will continue throughout 2013 to raise the remainder of the estimated $6Million shortfall to rebuild and upgrade the Theatre. If you know anyone who could be interested to assist the restoration fundraising drive please direct them to our website, where they can click on the big red “Donate To Our Recovery” button and follow the instructions from there or email us any ideas. Every bit helps and will bring us closer to the rebuild target.
2013 – Breaking ground and moving upwards!
We say goodbye to our foyers next week as the final piece of the deconstruction programme is completed. The famous 1908 heritage façade of the ITR is now masked and propped by a 5 high x 3 wide container wall which will remain in place for most of this year. From next week on we move onwards and UPWARDS! The full build programme will see the Isaac Theatre Royal reopen in April 2014. Final plans will be put onto our website once the consent process is complete so we can share with you the ‘new’ Isaac Theatre Royal. There are some significant changes and enhancements but the interior grandeur of the Theatre will be reinstated in all its glory, with a few colour changes…
It is a challenging and complex project – the latest 2013 Theatre Reconstruction Report can be downloaded from our website to bring you up to date with the project. We are relieved though that the foundation piling work is almost complete and we are finally moving in the right direction. Over the next 4-6 months with a few regular walk, cycle or drive-bys you will start to see some significant progress. Here’s looking forward to a grand reopening in 2014!!!
NZ Opera’s “Acis & Galatea”
New Zealand Opera visit Canterbury for the first time this month with “Acis & Galatea” in The Woolshed at Tipapa… NZ Opera announced its presence in the South Island with this specially mounted new production, sung in English. Enjoy a taste of Glyndebourne in Canterbury with this exclusive black tie event. The 23rd February performance has already sold out but due to popular demand, a second performance has been added at the stunning Tipapa Estate, cradled in the rolling hills of North Canterbury. Book now to avoid disappointment, numbers are strictly limited!
Sunday February 24th. — Gates open 4.30pm for 5.30pm start – The Woolshed at Tipapa, 40 Motunau Beach Road, Greta Valley, North Canterbury. Tickets are on sale now $225.00 (including wine). Phone: 0800 NZOPERA (696 737) – White Tie picnic hampers can be booked in advance and travel information to the event is featured on NZ Opera’s website.
Say “Yes, Prime Minister!” and help the ITR’s rebuild
Announced just prior to Xmas, this special international production of the hilarious BBC TV comedy is now on sale for 6 performances ONLY at the Aurora Centre Burnside High School from 15th-20th July. This will be a very popular show so make sure that you get in early to secure the best seats!!!
See our website for details and times. EVERY ticket purchased will help raise funds for the rebuild of the ITR. Tickets are on sale now at TICKETEK or 0800 842 538
Well that’s it for now, a busy year ahead, not just busy building but busy booking blockbuster shows for all our Royal Friends in 2014… Don’t forget to visit ITR’s Facebook page, lots of photos and updates on the rebuild on there too. See you NEXT YEAR at the rebuilt, reopened and beautifully refurbished ITR.
NEIL COX – CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ISAAC THEATRE ROYAL