Getting there

Closest bus stop: Courtenay Place - St James Theatre/Reading Cinemas

Closest parking: 58 Taranaki Street.

Access information

Wheelchair accessibility: A lift provides access to the ground and first floors. This is located in the ground floor foyer to the right of the box office..  Please note the Grand Circle on the second floor is not wheelchair accessible.

Accessible seating: Eight wheelchair spaces in rows A, B, and L in the Stalls. Spaces in row L are on a flat surface.  Spaces in rows A and B are on slightly sloping surfaces.

Accessible toilets: Located on each level.

Accessible parking: One accessible park is located at Courtenay Place Park, on the corner of Taranaki Street.  For detailed inner-city mobility parking information – click here.

Hearing loop: Available on request at time of booking.

More information can be found on the Be Accessible website.


If you require a specific seat  please contact Ticketmaster on 0800 120 071 and a customer service representative will assist you with your booking. If you rely on other access requirements to ensure your enjoyment of the show, please contact the Festival on (04) 912 0411 or ticketing@festival.co.nz. 

About St James Theatre

The grand old St James Theatre's facade marks a daring contrast to the modernist trappings of the Reading Cinemas complex opposite it.

When His Majesty's Theatre (later to become the St James) was built in 1912, it was the largest vaudeville and picture theatre in Australasia. His Majesty's was the first entirely steel-framed and reinforced concrete theatre in this part of the world and boasted the latest theatrical and mechanical stage appliances.

In the mid 1980s, the St James Theatre, although recognised as one of the country's most valuable treasures, faced the threat of demolition.

The people of Wellington refused to sacrifice the theatre without a battle. The St James has been recognised by New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I building of outstanding cultural and historical significance and is considered one of the finest lyric theatres in Australasia.