National Theatre for Children

Te Whare Tapere ā-Motu mō n Tamariki 

Every young New Zealander should have the opportunity to experience the best performance art that speaks of Aotearoa and their place in the world.
Capital E’s National Theatre for Children creates, produces, presents, and tours high quality dynamic theatre and performing arts experiences for children aged 2 – 12 years that is relevant, transformative and fun.


National Theatre for Children | Children's Show

National Theatre for Children Past Productions

We’ve been delivering quality theatre shows for children since way back when! Check out some of our past productions!

The Grumpiest Child in the World

Natalie Briddling is a world-class grump. Wanting to stand out, she’s hōhā with feeling average, ordinary, and middling so she sets out on “probably the most amazing adventure ever!”.  

Our latest theatre experience for kids toured schools in Aotearoa in terms 3 and 4, 2023.

Capital E Theatre van touring

Our Theatre Tour Locations

Our National Theatre for Children shows tour all across New Zealand! We visit Kerikeri, Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Whakatāne, Taupo, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Carterton, Wellington, Blenheim, Christchurch, Oamaru, Queenstown, Dunedin and Invercargill.


Odd One Out image credit Chris Schreuder

Why do you value theatre experiences for your tamariki?

“With guidance and encouragement our Tamariki will become increasingly capable of making connections between people and places in their world. Enjoying stories and gaining the ability to hearing stories and retelling them using imagination, invention and experimentation.”  – Teacher

“A memorable part of being at school. Prompts great discussion and stories afterwards. A celebration and a way to expose those who might not be given the opportunity, to the world of theatre. Also, most shows have a great take away message.” – Teacher

“This could quite possibly be the only time the children have seen a live performance in a theatre. We don’t have a hall due to the earthquakes and at some point our school will be rebuild so we don’t have many shows. There is something special about live perfomances! – Teacher

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