The Napier Municipal Theatre is the leading entertainment venue to enjoy what’s on in Hawke’s Bay for performances, shows, concerts and events. Throughout the year, the theatre presents a wide variety of performances for your entertainment. We bring you events from every aspect of the performance spectrum – shows, concerts, dance, opera, ballet, comedy, drama and other special events.

Take a look at what’s on at the Napier Municipal Theatre and start planning your upcoming Hawke’s Bay entertainment.

COVID-19 Public Gathering Announcement

Due to limitations imposed on the number of people we are safely able to host in the venue, there may be changes, updates, or cancellations issued for certain upcoming events. We will endeavour to inform everyone of these updates as soon as we can, and would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time.


With recent events regarding COVID-19, unfortunately we are announcing the cancellation of this Friday night's performance of 'Menopause the Musical' at the Napier Municipal Theatre.
Large gatherings and events are a high risk environment and it is in the best interest of our staff, performers and the community to limit the risk of spreading this virus.
We would like to thank you all for your understanding, and our thoughts go out to our friends in the entertainment industry during this challenging time.

Other Confirmed Cancellations:  As at 4.35pm, 19 March, we have received confirmed cancellations for Soweto Gospel Choir, NZSO 'Emperor' (please note this is the only show from NZSO that they have confirmed cancellation of), HB Performing Arts Easter Competition. Please check your emails from Ticketek for further information regarding refunds.

Postponed Shows As Follows: Beauty and the Beast (now 26 September).
Other Postponed Shows (dates to be confirmed):  10 Tenors, Geoff Sewel's Bravo Amici, "The Boss" Tribute Show, World of Musicals, Matariki Glow Show, Th' Dudes.

Please also follow us on Facebook for any further announcements.  Please refer to the Ministry of Health website for health advice relating to COVID-19.

Matariki Glow Show!

Matariki Glow Show!

“Thank you for putting on a great show. It was so great, it nearly blew my shoes off!” - Josh (Papakura Central School)

Come celebrate Matariki with a giant scale puppet show of magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend! This innovative, cutting edge concept features 40+ glow-in-the-dark puppets under UV lights in a black box theatre environment. 15,000+ children saw this extraordinary show in 2017/18. 25,000+ children saw it in 2019. It’s a must see for Matariki!

Now, The Glow Show Company is back on tour with an all new show for 2020 and this time we go under the sea! Hiwa-i-te-rangi (the Matariki wishing star) helps a courageous Kina on her journey of discovery across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa. It’s a delightful story of our kai moana and the whakataukī “He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.”

The upbeat 45-minute show has the audience buzzing from the onset. Illuminating kids’ hearts and minds, they’ll be singing all the way home! Rich in Te Reo Māori, there’s an abundance of educational content to take back to the classroom. Stay for the Q&A session after the show – meet the cast!

The production was created by puppet designer/creator Sarah Burren who collaborated with composer/musical director Midge Perez. They have an impressive history, having worked together on 20 children’s shows. Sarah has been involved in the concept/design/production of over 100 stage shows and live events both in NZ and internationally. Recognising the significance of Matariki to many New Zealanders, they sought the guidance and approval of kaumātua Dr Haare Williams (amorangi in arts, culture and education) to create a Matariki story that ignites the spirit and pride of our tamariki.

Recommended for ages 2 – 10. This production is suitable for special needs children.

“If Matariki Glow Show is a small child’s first experience of theatre, then they will be very lucky. A fun and entertaining feast with a wonderful contemporary story of Aotearoa.” - Cate Prestidge (Theatreview)

Phone: 09 309 0508

« Back   Buy Tickets »

View event on Eventfinda


Wednesday 21 October, 10:00am to 11:00am

Wednesday 21 October, 11:30am to 12:30pm


Restrictions: All Ages

Buy Tickets »

Phone: 09 309 0508


Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
119 Tennyson St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

« Back   

View event on Eventfinda

Events powered by EventFinda.

Share this page
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Share by Email

Contact Us

+64 6 835 1059

Email us

119 Tennyson Street Napier, NZ

Ticketek logo.

0800 842 538

Napier Municipal Theatre - Copyright © 2020 Napier Municipal Theatre

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Napier Municipal Theatre to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Napier Municipal Theatre shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith.

© Napier Municipal Theatre - / +64 6 835 1059