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.


Kiwi Moon 2022

Meet Little Kiwi, a tiny bird who will leave a huge impression. They are an unusual bright white kiwi, and they’re very round. What else is white, bright, and round?! Te Marama of course! And there she is in the sky, shining down through the trees.

Suits ages: 2-8

National Creative Residency 2022

Professional development opportunity.

Aotearoa-based Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) makers and aspiring makers are invited to apply for the 2022 National Creative Residency, a dynamic professional development programme and ideas lab for 15 selected practitioners. This intensive creative process supports the development of new work from seed ideas through to the first draft.

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!

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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