Frequently Asked Questions

Who can hire the Globe?

Short answer: anyone! Our annual bookings range from major cross-country theatrical tours and concert series to intimate corporate events and networking meetings. Thanks to our two self-contained auditoriums, Globe 1 (200 seats) and Globe 2 (105 seats), events of different sizes and requirements can be comfortably accommodated. Bar services and catering can be arranged by request, and we have a range of different rates depending on the nature of your event, hours of hire and professional/community group affiliation. Send us an enquiry via the form above and we’ll confirm availability on the date(s) requested and provide you with an obligation-free quote.

What facilities and services does the Globe provide?

Both auditoriums are equipped with lighting and sound systems for theatrical presentations, and microphones (hand-held and cabled) are available for presentations and meetings. In-house projection and screening facilities are currently limited but Theatre management is happy to assist you in sourcing extra equipment as required. Hirers are welcome to provide their own trained technical operators, or you can employ one of the Theatre’s in-house technicians for set-up and operation of lighting and sound systems. Our bar service is operated by Manawatu Theatre Inc.; they are also happy to discuss catering for events. Basic rental does not include staffing for Front-of- House or House Manager duties but this can be provided on request. For information on the Globe’s ticketing service, see here.

What will it cost me to hire the Globe?

That all depends on what kind of event you’re planning. Our rates range between $30+GST per hour for community daytime events in Globe 2 through to $650+GST for a full day/evening’s professional engagement in Globe 1. Our administrative team is always keen to discuss the most appropriate and cost-effective pricing arrangement for your event. The best thing to do is fill out the enquiry form above, with as much information as you’re able to provide right now about the kind of event you’re planning (such as: is it open to the public, or a private event like a conference or staff function? Are you planning to sell tickets, or is the event invite-only/free admission?) and we’ll come back to you with a breakdown of costs.

A lot of the details haven’t been decided yet! Should I still submit an enquiry?

Absolutely. Even if you’ve only got a vague idea of when/what/how as to your event, it’s always best to get in early with an enquiry, if only to discuss date availabilities and the broad strokes of hiring the Globe. The team here may well be able to help you shape some of your event ideas as well - we host a lot of events of many different kinds! Chances are we’ll be able to give you some useful suggestions and answer a few of your questions, as well as explaining in greater depth how things work at the Globe.

How does the Globe’s ticketing service work?

The Globe uses a very nifty piece of software called Patronbase, through which we administrate and sell tickets to upcoming productions. Our physical Box Office is currently open from 10am-2pm Monday to Friday, and of course tickets are available 24-7 through our website. Hirers staging ticketed productions aren’t obligated to use the Globe’s inhouse system, but doing so does entitle you to a discount on your total hire as well as event promotion through the Globe’s audience database, monthly newspaper ad and social media networks.