Treat Your Seat

Circa is fundraising for new seats for Circa One, which will be installed in July 2015.

The seats in Circa One are now 20 years old. With an average of eight shows a year that's about 32,000 sits per seat! They were installed when our current waterfront location opened in 1994, and they have served us well ever since. But all good things must come to an end, and now it's time for an upgrade. You, our audience, deserve the most comfortable visit to Circa. The Treat Your Seat Campaign is raising the money needed to buy new seats... and with your support we have almost reached our target!

We are down to raising the last TEN PERCENT of funds needed to pay for the seating. All donations towards this campaign are greatly valued - by the Circa Trust, and by your fellow theatre goers.

Donations of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged with your name on one of the new seats, and a place in Circa's history.

Donate to Treat Your Seat on the Circa website. Alternatively, you can donate in person or by phone at the Box Office, ph. 04 801 7992.

Circa is a registered charitable trust. All donations are eligible for a 33% tax credit. For information on how to claim your tax credit, please contact the Inland Revenue Department. If you would like further information about donating to Circa Theatre, please contact

One Million Patrons at Circa Theatre

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

Congratulations to Wellington resident and true arts supporter, 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. The 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 (TACT) 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.

The Hon. Chris Finlayson, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, kicked off the Treat Your Seat Fundraising Campaign, calling for a community effort to help Circa realise its goals. Donations of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged with a commemorative plaque on the back of a seat in the theatre.

Event photos by Dominika Zielinska

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