Following the closure of the Watershed Theatre in 1996, Auckland’s creative community had been searching for a new venue that could act as a hotspot for performing arts in the city. Backed by Auckland Council, the Q Theatre opened its doors in 2011.

The purpose built theatre offers 2 multi-purpose spaces, the Rangatira auditorium and Loft which is a more intimate performance area. With a high level of technical production capability, you can enjoy nights of theatre, dance, music and comedy.

The onsite bar and cafe Citizen Q is a great place to grab pre-show drinks, cocktails and snacks.

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The creative hub of Auckland, Q Theatre showcases all kinds of international and local acts that range from comedy to dance, theatre to film. I love coming to see stuff here, and the bar/cafe out the front is perfect for a pre-show get together with friends or a post-show debrief.

The burgers are awesome. Good culture.

You’d never guess it but one of the best and most intriguing flavours of scones can be found in Citizen Q - the cafe inside Q Theatre. Hubby and I visited for a quick bite before an event yesterday and enjoyed an incredible Parmesan and rocket scone. Who would have thought? Rocket finely chopped in chewy, fresh scone dough is a winner. And the Allpress latte was the right size and perfectly strong. Love it.

My faveorite place for a quiet drink and its my choice for a one on one meeting place. So nice in there and the coffee isnt too shabby either.

Q Theatre gets my vote right now for one of the theatres I love most as an actor. The bar and restaurant out the front is a lovely place to be, whether I'm working there or not. But it's the theatre space I love most - four levels of seating and lots of flexibility. I've seen it turned into all sorts of configurations and I'm looking forward to 2015 when I get back in there. Watch this space!

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Thanks for the localist love Amanda! Can't wait to welcome you back on stage for 2015. Qx

I love Q Theatre because of the diverse array of cultural activities this venue showcases and the fact that there's a cafe and bar on site so that you can grab a drink and a munch before watching a performance. With multiple levels, it's a great hub for the artistic community of Auckland. Keep up the good work Q!

Great theatre for all sorts of entertainment and you can have a tasty light meal and a drink before. Friendly helpful staff All good

Q has a range of different performance spaces to suit different types of performance. There is so much flexibility even within each of the spaces. Not to mention that the bar and restaurant are a lovely way to start or finish an evening.

Always a good range of plays and different venues

Always something interesting on show here. I attended the Documentary Edge International Film Festival which showcased some thought provoking films. There is also a nice bar to get a quiet drink afterwards.

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