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The Capitaine Bougainville Theatre seats 340 people and can cater to a range of events including intimate theatre, music, entertainment events and meetings.

The theatre has recently undergone enhancements including the replacement of seats, repainting, upgrading of audio visual cabling, new lighting desk, new screen and the replacement of several key technical equipment items. 

Audio Visual technical support is available to assist event organisers in the operation of their event at the theatre or other facilities within Forum North.

Backstage rooms such as a rehearsal room, dressing rooms and a green room are also available for use.

For more information about our facilities and services, please fill in a booking enquiry or contact the Venues and Events Co-ordinator (Forum North) to discuss your options.


Tickets are available to buy on line and at Te Manawa The Hub on Dent Street at the Town Basin.

To purchase tickets for an event at Forum North, visit the Ticketing page or choose an event from the What's On schedule which will show you all relevant information to buy tickets. 

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Theatre Technical Specifications

 These are currently being updated. Contact the Venue Coordinator to get a copy. ​​

The Capitaine Bougainville Theatre is named after the Noumea-registered 3614-tonne cargo vessel Capitaine Bougainville, carrying a crew of twenty nine and eight passengers, that sank during a voyage from Auckland to Sydney. She encountered stormy weather less than a day into the voyage, and at about 2.00am on September 3, 1975, fire broke out in the engine room.

Despite the crew's efforts to control the fire, by 2.40am it was out of control and all power had been lost. The burning vessel was caught in high winds, heavy rain and mountainous waves estimated at 12 metres. She was also caught in a strong current that swung the ship beam-on to the wind, making launching the lifeboats extremely hazardous. Some lifeboats were broached and overturned. Sixteen lives were lost.

The Capitaine Bougainville Theatre at Forum North is named after and partly built of materials salvaged from the ship.