Venues for Hire

Theatre venues for hire

The TSB Showplace is New Plymouth’s main theatre complex. It has three theatres for hire – TSB Theatre, Theatre Royal and the Alexandra Room. The TSB Showplace has a long dramatic and dynamic history as a live theatre venue steming from its early days as the New Plymouth Opera House. This historic complex now boasts all the trimmings you would expect in a modern venue. Ticketmaster is the contracted ticketing agent for the TSB Showplace.


The largest venue in the TSB Showplace complex, the TSB Theatre (formally the New Plymouth Opera House) is an ornately decorated pro arch theatre that exudes olde world charm and ambience. It has a maximum capacity of 960 with a minimum of 915 sellable seats.
The TSB Showplace has hosted hundreds of performances since it first opened in 1883, including:

  • Slava’s Snowshow
  • Royal New Zealand Ballet
  • Les Miserables
  • Opshop
  • Boys II Men
  • Ten Tenors
  • John Cleese
  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Circus Oz
  • Hi 5


The second largest theatre in the TSB Showplace complex, the Theatre Royal is a black box theatre which seats 527 or seating retracted to provide 400m² flat floor area. This versatile venue is perfect for theatrical productions, live music gigs and performances. Here’s just a few of the acts that the Theatre Royal has hosted:

  • Chamber Music New Zealand
  • Skin Tight
  • Dame Malvina Major Foundation Concert
  • New Plymouth Orchestra
  • Comedy Christmas Gala
  • Trinity Roots



The Alexandra Room has excellent acoustics, street level access, a flat floor space of 230 m² and seating capacity for 200.


View a capacity comparison table for the venue options at the TSB Showplace.


Conference and event venues for hire

The TSB Showplace is a versatile complex offering first class facilities for conferences and events. Three main venues are available for hire along with multiple break-out spaces. Office space can also be arranged if required.

The venue has a team of dedicated staff with years of experience. They will give you the time, attention and skills needed to make sure your vision becomes reality and your event runs smoothly.

The TSB Showplace has resident contract caterers who provide good quality, creative catering. They will work with you to ensure all your food and beverage requirements meet your needs. More information is available on the catering page of this website.

You’ll find information about the TSB Showplace’s daily delegate rate for conferences at the bottom of this screen.


The TSB Showplace’s largest theatre oozes nostalgia and ambience from its days as New Plymouth’s Opera House but of course today it boasts modern furnishings and fittings. You can fill the three-tier theatre with 900 people for a conference or presentation, or perhaps you’d prefer the more intimate option of the stage which offers a unique setting for banquets, cocktail functions, training sessions and weddings.


The Theatre Royal is the second largest theatre in the TSB Showplace. It is a multi-purpose venue with retractable tiered seating which provides 400m² of flat floor area. This makes it ideal for conferences, expos, exhibitions, corporate functions, dinners, weddings, and catwalk events.


Attached to the Theatre Royal, this space is a popular choice for social cocktail style functions for up to 300. Other set-up options are available including use as a break out area for conference workshops and expos.


The Alexandra Room is a versatile venue with superb acoustics and street level access. The venue can be used for various configurations and is suitable for a variety of events including presentations, conferences, exhibitions, weddings and dinners.


The Bryan Robb Lounge lends itself to sociable cocktail style functions for groups of up to 120, dinners for up to 60, and theatre style presentations for up to 90. This space can be combined with the adjoining Balcony Bar, together they can accommodate up to 165 persons cocktail style. Talk to us about the flexible options these spaces provide.


This stylish bar leads on to a private balcony which provides great indoor – outdoor flow. The view over New Plymouth's main street, natural light, and contemporary furnishings make this a popular space. This area can comfortably acccomodate up to 45 persons cocktail style and offers seated options as well.


This stylish space is conducive for small group functions including meetings, drinks, break out activities, and intimate dining for 9 – 15 persons.


This quiet, private, functional meeting room is ideal for boardroom meetings, training sessions, break-out activities, office activities, and conferences for up to 60 persons.


Depending on the venue and numbers attending a daily delegate conference rate may be applicable.

The daily delegate conference rate is $38.50 + GST per person. This includes meeting room hire, welcome coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea - conditions apply.

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Themed Functions

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View a capacity comparison table for the venue options at the TSB Showplace.

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