Closure of Dunedin's Fortune Theatre

3 May 2018

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Creative New Zealand is saddened at the news that Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre is closing.

The theatre has been part of the city’s cultural fabric and a home of theatre in the south of the South Island for more than 40 years.

“We acknowledge that this has been an extremely difficult decision for the Fortune Theatre Trust and hugely disappointing for the theatre’s staff who have been working to revitalise the theatre,” said Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright.

“Creative New Zealand is keen to work with other stakeholders to advance the future of theatre in Dunedin in the wake of this announcement.  We are committed to funding great theatre experiences for the people of Dunedin and the surrounding area.”

Creative New Zealand had been funding Fortune Theatre at a rate of $500,000 per annum.  

Statement from Fortune Theatre