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“Grand Lady Putting on the Ritz” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St James Theatre

St James Theatre
77-83 Courtenay Place | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
(04) 802 4060
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Ranked #26 of 125 Attractions in Wellington
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Grand Lady Putting on the Ritz”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Recently visited to see NZ Opea's performance of Madam Butterfly. To make a memorable night out you need a great performance and a wonderful venue. So how did it go. Fantastic performance by the cast, seen this opera in several cities around the world and this ranks as one of the best, not an empty seat in the house. The theatre itself with a huge opening foyer with high ceilings offered a warm inviting welcome. Plenty of places to get a pre-show drink inside which were reasonably priced. Lovely sweeping staircase to teh entrances for the grand circle seats which added to it's majesty. Inside the theatre revels it's real charm, intimate audience to stage setting makes it fell like you are on stage with the cast no matter where you sit. The style of bygone years still shines through a real nostalgic trip of what a grand nigh out at the opera or theatre should be. On hte down side, the seats can be a little uncomfortable after a while and why an usher decided to show 3 people noislily to their seats half way through a performance I do not know.

Visited May 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Lovely Theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

St James Theatre, Wellington, a lovely place to go to a show. Like going back in time, grand staircase, lovely high ceiling, just feel like you are having a night out! Maybe not as Grande as European theatres but cool for Wellington.

Visited November 2012
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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“Beautiful Theatre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I went here to see the Royal New Zealand Ballet with my daughters which was a magical experience. The ballet gets 5 stars but the theatre only gets the average rating due to the extremely uncomfortable seats and rather noisy. Beautiful theatre though.

Visited November 2012
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“A trip down memory lane”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is what grand theatres used to be like and it was wonderful to see this building restored to its orginal condition - and while there it worthwhile visiting the toilets, even they been restored in their original condition and style.

Visited January 2013
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“old world class and style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

love the roving ice cream sellers at half time, the grand staircase and the great high ceilings, its a classic

Visited December 2012
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