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As always the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, team members and community is our top priority. We’re taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  This includes mandatory QR code scanning, wearing of face masks, restriction on numbers in certain areas, cashless transactions, social distancing protocols, as well as robust cleaning processes. Currently MTG Hawke’s Bay is open to vaccinated and non-vaccinated visitors until further information is outlined by the Government. Any tickets purchased for an event affected by a change in Covid levels will be refunded.

Century Theatre Events

The Century Theatre, built in 1977 as a concert chamber to commemorate Napier’s first century as a city, is the setting for the museum's performing arts, film and talks programme. The Theatre bar opens one hour before every show and sells a range of confectionery, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.

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June 2024

EIT Public Lecture: Assoc Prof Anita Jagroop-Dearing

EIT Public Lecture: Assoc Prof Anita Jagroop-Dearing

EIT’s Associate Professor Dr Anita Jagroop-Dearing (FRSPH PhD) will share insights from her diverse research journey focusing on topics around Public Health. Formerly a health scientist at University College London Hospital, UK, Anita builds on her investigations on heart health, diabetes and...

Date: Tuesday 18 June
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - EIT Public Lecture: Assoc Prof Anita Jagroop-Dearing


MTG Sunday Cinema: Lancaster

MTG Sunday Cinema: Lancaster

The incredible and moving story of the Lancaster Bomber, synonymous with the Dambusters and night raids on Nazi Germany. Narrated by Charles Dance. 2022 - 110 mins - Documentary - Rated PG

Date: Sunday 23 June
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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MTG Sunday Cinema: Spitfire

MTG Sunday Cinema: Spitfire

The exciting story of the fighter plane and daring pilots that helped win the Battle of Britain in World War II. Narrated by Charles Dance. 2018 - 99 mins - Documentary - Rated PG

Date: Sunday 23 June
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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July 2024

Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly

Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly

Extraordinary soprano Asmik Grigorian tackles the demanding role of Cio-Cio-San, the loyal geisha at the heart of Puccini’s devastating tragedy. Tenor Jonathan Tetelman stars as the callous American naval officer Pinkerton, whose betrayal destroys her. Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong reprises the...

Date: Saturday 6 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly


Art Beats - The Immortals: The Wonder of the Museo Egizio

Art Beats - The Immortals: The Wonder of the Museo Egizio

Kha, architect and builder of tombs for the pharaohs, has to undertake the journey to the Underworld, amid a thousand dangers. Eternal life is at stake, but the risk is ending up being dissolved into cosmic nothingness. Telling us the story of his adventure is Jeremy Irons. His words take us...

Date: Thursday 18 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Art Beats - The Immortals: The Wonder of the Museo Egizio


Winter Deco Festival: Footlight Parade

Winter Deco Festival: Footlight Parade

Academy Award-winning tough guy James Cagney headlines an all-star cast as a Broadway producer forced by the sudden success of film to learn how to make a living in the new medium in choreographer Busby Berkeley's Footlight Parade. As Chester Kent (Cagney) dives head first into producing musical...

Date: Sunday 21 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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MTG Sunday Cinema: Dr Zhivago

MTG Sunday Cinema: Dr Zhivago

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution. Director: David Lean Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin Run Time: 3h,17m

Date: Sunday 28 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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MTG Sunday Cinema: The Maltese Falcon

MTG Sunday Cinema: The Maltese Falcon

San Francisco private detective Sam Spade takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar and their quest for a priceless statuette, with the stakes rising after his partner is murdered. Director: John Huston Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George...

Date: Sunday 28 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - MTG Sunday Cinema: The Maltese Falcon


August 2024

National Theatre: Vanya

National Theatre: Vanya

Andrew Scott (Fleabag) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Hopes, dreams, and regrets are thrust into sharp focus in this one-man adaptation which explores the complexities of...

Date: Thursday 1 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - National Theatre: Vanya


Metropolitan Opera: Romeo et Juliette

Metropolitan Opera: Romeo et Juliette

Two singers at the height of their powers—radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the...

Date: Saturday 3 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Metropolitan Opera: Romeo et Juliette


National Theatre: Dear England

National Theatre: Dear England

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Gareth Southgate in James Graham’s (Sherwood) gripping examination of nation and game. The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game? With the worst track...

Date: Thursday 15 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - National Theatre: Dear England


September 2024

Art Beats: Tintoretto – A Rebel in Venice

Art Beats: Tintoretto – A Rebel in Venice

With the enchanting narrative voice of Helena Bonham Carter, a new exciting cinema production celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. It will explore the rivalry among the most important Venetian artists of the 16th century: Tintoretto,...

Date: Thursday 12 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Art Beats: Tintoretto – A Rebel in Venice


CMNZ Series - Calefax

CMNZ Series - Calefax

Programme Bach | Fantasie and Fugue in G minor BWV 542 Schubert | Fantasie in F minor Gershwin | An American in Paris World Premiere of NZ Work Artists Oliver Boekhoorn, Oboe Bart De Kater, Clarinet Raaf Hekkema, Saxophone Jelte Althuis, Bass Clarinet Alban Wesly, Bassoon “Calefax...

Date: Saturday 21 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - CMNZ Series - Calefax


National Theatre: Nye

National Theatre: Nye

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state. From campaigning at the coalfield to leading the battle to create the National Health Service, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan is often referred to as the...

Date: Thursday 26 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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MTG Sunday Cinema: 20,000 Days on Earth

MTG Sunday Cinema: 20,000 Days on Earth

Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth. Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines...

Date: Sunday 29 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - MTG Sunday Cinema: 20,000 Days on Earth


MTG Sunday Cinema: Stop Making Sense

MTG Sunday Cinema: Stop Making Sense

Considered by critics as the greatest concert film of all time, the live performance was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December of 1983 and features Talking Heads' most memorable songs. Director: Jonathan Demme Starring: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell,...

Date: Sunday 29 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - MTG Sunday Cinema: Stop Making Sense


October 2024

Metropolitan Opera: Carmen

Metropolitan Opera: Carmen

Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell brings a vital new production of one of opera’s most enduringly powerful works, reinvigorating the classic story with a staging that moves the action to the modern day and finds at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today:...

Date: Saturday 5 October
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Metropolitan Opera: Carmen


CMNZ Series - The Young Virtuosi

CMNZ Series - The Young Virtuosi

Programme Giuseppe Tartini | Devil’s trill sonata Camille Saint-Saëns | Violin Sonata No 1 in D minor, Op 75 Eugéne-Auguste Ysaÿe | Sonata No 5 Henryk Wieniawski | Polonaise de Concert Op 4 Béla Bartók | 3 Burlesques op. 8 Frédéric Chopin | Andante spianato and grande polonaise...

Date: Tuesday 29 October
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - CMNZ Series - The Young Virtuosi


November 2024

Metropolitan Opera: Nabucco

Metropolitan Opera: Nabucco

Ancient Babylon comes to life in this classic Met staging of biblical proportions. Baritone George Gagnidze portrays Nabucco, the King of Babylon, who is supernaturally driven mad when he proclaims himself God, then restored to health when he repents alongside soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska,...

Date: Saturday 2 November
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Metropolitan Opera: Nabucco


Art Beats: Botticelli – Florence & the Medici

Art Beats: Botticelli – Florence & the Medici

Beauty, creativity, genius: the Renaissance Florence of Lorenzo de' Medici was a powerhouse of art and culture. Among countless shops and government buildings, there was endless beauty coexisting with the dark side of the city, made up of power struggles, plots, intrigues and brutal violence. ...

Date: Thursday 7 November
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Art Beats: Botticelli – Florence & the Medici


December 2024

National Theatre: The Motive and the Cue

National Theatre: The Motive and the Cue

Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) directs Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in this fierce and funny new play. 1964: Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new Broadway production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s...

Date: Thursday 5 December
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - National Theatre: The Motive and the Cue


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