The Auckland Notable Properties Trust, new owners of the historic closed St James Theatre on Queen Street, Auckland, have appointed Henslowe Irving Ltd as theatre consultants on the initial phase of the St James restoration project.
Henslowe Irving are delighted to be the nominated theatre consultancy on this stage of the project, which will see parts of the theatre reopened over the next two years, leading ultimately to the reopening of the venue as a whole.
The Henslowe Irving team will be led by principal consultant Dr Miles Gregory, supported by Andrew Ormston and Maurice Ward.
“The St James is one of Australasia’s most important theatre venues,” Dr Gregory said, “known for its superb acoustic, incredible Spanish Mission-style decor, and excellent sight-lines. It has a rich history of live performance – especially live music – and there’s no doubt that a revitalised St James will bring significant cultural and economic benefits to Auckland’s central theatre district.”
“We’ve looked through the theatre building in some detail, and it is superficially in excellent condition. Of particular importance is the existence in situ of most if not all of the original 1928 fixtures and fittings, including the original house lighting and decorations. It is a beautiful and historic Category 1 listed theatre, and deserves the care and attention that Auckland Notable Properties Trust are bringing to the refurbishment.”
The St James Theatre was built in 1928, and is the only historic purpose-built live performance theatre remaining in central Auckland. It has been closed since 2007, when a small fire damaged part of the front of house areas.
Pictures taken during the initial Henslowe Irving inspection are available below, showing the superb condition of the interior.