Millionth Bum Campaign

Treat Your Seat!

The seats in Circa One are now 20 years old - they were installed when our current waterfront location opened in 1994, and they have served us well ever since. But now it's time for an upgrade - you, our audience, have told us that you would like more comfortable seating in the theatre and we have listened. The Millionth Bum Campaign was started to raise the money needed to buy new seats, and we are happy to announce that we are nearly there!

But we still have a way to go! Please help us to treat your seat by donating to the Millionth Bum Campaign - any amount, large or small, will be gratefully accepted. Donations of $1000 will get your name on one of the new seats, and a place in Circa's history. To donate, just fill out a form in the Circa foyer and return to the box office, call us on 801-7992, email us on or donate to the Millionth Bum Campaign here. For more information on other ways to support Circa Theatre, visit our Support Circa Theatre page here.

About the Millionth Bum Campaign:

At an event on 5 November, 2012 - the 18th anniversary of the opening of the current Circa building - hosted by comedian Dai Henwood and attended by Sponsors, Friends and Patrons, Circa announced the name of the Millionth Patron, unveiled plans for the future of the Circa building and launched the Millionth Bum Fundraising Campaign.

Congratulations to Renate Savage, who purchased the one millionth ticket through Circa’s waterfront box office. After making a spectacular arrival at the event in a helicopter, she was awarded with a prize package including a night in the Museum Hotel, a three course dinner with matching wine at Hippopotamus Restaurant and Bar, two bottles of wine from Gladstone Vineyard and a double pass to every production at Circa Theatre in 2013.

“The word that comes to mind about Monday night is smile – it was such a smiley evening!” said Mrs Savage. “And that’s how I feel about Circa – Wellington has a lot to smile about because of Circa. Theatre is such an important part of life and Circa brings so much happiness to so many people in Wellington. Thank you to all the actors and people involved in Circa from the bottom of my heart.”

Theatre Artists Charitable Trust Board member Anna Kennedy presented plans for an exciting redevelopment of the Circa building, including expanding on the foyer and restaurant areas as well as the rehearsal and performance spaces, making Circa Theatre a world class theatre destination on Wellington’s waterfront. Circa’s first priority will be to replace the seats in Circa One, which haven’t been upgraded since they were first installed in 1994.

The Hon. Chris Finlayson, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, kicked off the Millionth Bum Fundraising Campaign, calling for a community effort to help Circa realise its goals. Circa will ‘sell’ the new seats for $1000 each, earning the ‘buyer’ a commemorative plaque on the back of a seat in the theatre. Circa will also hold fundraising events throughout the year and will accept donations of any denomination.

To buy a seat or make a donation towards the Millionth Bum Fundraising goal, please contact Cara Hill, Marketing and Audience Development Manager, on 801-8137 or

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