Events & Functions

Make your next event a show stopper!

DinnerSetOnStageThe Isaac Theatre Royal is available to hire for private functions such as private performances, corporate events, product launches, awards dinners, functions and more.

Stunning, unique and memorable, the Isaac Theatre Royal is a premium venue in the heart of Christchurch.  This grand, historic Edwardian theatre with up to 1292 seats over three levels offers flexibility, spectacular interiors and an exclusive heritage experience.

Complementing the magnificent auditorium with its original 1908 painted ceiling dome, the facade and the 1928 marble staircase are several impressive purpose-built event and function spaces.

The Gloucester Room has large arched character windows providing natural light, making it ideal for both daytime meetings and evening celebrations. Block out blinds in this room ensures that presentation quality is not compromised. Hire of this space includes a furniture and technical package.

The Auditorium theatre stage, Ravenscar Dress Circle Foyer, Grand Circle Foyer and Royal Boxes are also available for hire and provide premium options for cocktail celebrations and VIP dining experiences.

Venue Capacities*

Floor Area Theatre Classroom Dining Cocktail
Full Auditorium
(over 3 Levels)
     __ 1290   __   __   __
324m2 __ 180 220 380
Room (Lvl 1)
144m2 120 80 80 180
Dress Circle
Foyer (Lvl 1)
135m2 __ __ 70 150
Grand Circle
Foyer (Lvl 2)
102m2 __ __ 30 70

* All listed capacities are approximate maximum capacities and may vary subject to preferred event layout.

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The ITR Auditorium

The Auditorium has between 1250 – 1290 seats over three levels. Due to extensive earthquake damage the entire auditorium and foyer areas were rebuilt between 2012 – 2014, to 100% of new building codes. Significant heritage features were retained including the magnificent original 1908 painted ceiling dome, the façade and the 1928 marble staircase as well as original windows and doors.  See specifications


Gloucester Room

Located on the first floor, the new Gloucester Room is purpose built for functions and events, able to accommodate 102- 120 seated. With large arched character windows providing natural light the room is ideal for a variety of events from concerts, reunions, cocktail and dining functions to corporate board meetings, AGMs & staff training sessions. It is also suitable for private pre or post show hosting and entertainment. See Specifications



The Ravenscar Dress Circle foyer located on the first floor, and the Grand Circle foyer on the second floor are ideal for pre or post show hosting and entertainment.


Royal Boxes

The Royal Boxes can accommodates up to 10 guests for an hour preshow and during interval (20 min) – canapes and drinks included plus a staff as host. Perfect for celebrating that special event.


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Booking Enquiries

Make an online Booking Enquiry

For all booking enquiries please contact:

Freya Alexander
Head of Commercial Events
Phone: +64 3 260 5252

Catriona Angus
Event Development Coordinator
Ph: +64-3-260 5254

Theatre Management Office opening hours: 09:00 – 17.00 Monday – Friday

General Enquiries

Isaac Theatre Royal
145 Gloucester Street
PO Box 13473
P +64 3 366 6326