Howick Little Theatre, founded in 1954, is an Auckland community theatre company that is renowned for its quality productions. 

  • Do you want to meet new people?
  • Do you love the atmosphere of theatre?
  • Are you keen to spend some of your leisure time at the theatre?

Say YES to these questions and Howick Little Theatre, one of Auckland’s leading community theatres, is the place for you. And if you're 25 years or under, you are entitled to a cheaper Young Adult Membership. As a member you will receive:

  1. A comprehensive newsletter each month.
  2. Discounted tickets to shows.
  3. Special bar prices.
  4. Opportunities to attend acting, directing, designing and technical workshops run by leading New Zealand theatre professionals.
  5. Direct support from our ‘mentor’ scheme and from team leaders in your areas of interest.
  6. Free costume hire from our extensive theatre wardrobe.


At Howick Little Theatre we value members as part of our theatre family and we encourage you to participate in this exciting community enterprise.

Every year we produce five plays and three Studio works, so there are plenty of areas where you can contribute.

You may want to act or direct. Perhaps you have always wanted to be involved in a play but don’t know where to start? Working backstage is always a lot of fun. Are you artistic? Then set design, prop making, set construction, set painting and organising set decor are  important areas for every play. We always need a rehearsal prompt, lighting and sound designers and operators, wardrobe co-ordinators –- both for sewing and for sourcing clothes for our productions. As you can see, there is plenty to do. Read more in this Aucklander story.

We run a bar for each performance and have a roster of people keen to work on the bar. You may like to do that, or perhaps you would like meet and greet as the audience arrive, show people to their seats and be part of the front of house team who make everyone feel welcome.

At Howick Little Theatre, you can be as involved as you want to be and, like any good family home, there is always room for more. 

Join us. It will be the best decision you make today. 

If you have any questions, email us:


We are always looking for people for the following roles: DirectingProduction Co-ordinatorStage Manager (SM's checklist), Assistant Stage Manager, Backstage Helper, Set DesigningSet Decor, Set Construction, Set Painting, Lighting DesigningLighting OperationSound DesigningSound OperationSourcing/making Props, Rehearsal Prompt, Costume Sourcing, Costume Design, Sewing/Alterations, Wardrobe Maintenance, Ushering/Tea and Coffee Serving, Bartending, Organising Social Activities, Directing Club Nights, Making Club Night Suppers, Publicity, Marketing, Promotional Help.


If you would like to submit a play for consideration for inclusion in HLT's annual line-up, please send a copy to the office, marked "Attention: Play Selection": Howick Little Theatre, PO Box 38-271, Howick, Auckland 2145. Even if you don't have a play in mind, let us know that you're interested in being considered for a directing slot.

HLT Mission Statement

To produce high-quality, entertaining, accessible and enriching theatre and to engender an environment that encourages and recognises the artist in each of us.

Membership Application

Contact the office if you would like a form sent to you.

Reduced fees apply if you join later in the year.

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Rehearsals for Heroes (2011).

HLT's set builders hard at work.

The much-loved entertainer, actor and musician Johnny Bond (1925-2015) joined HLT in 1958. (Photo: David Marks)


Want to know more about Howick Little Theatre? Download our theatre Information Brochure.

Fun & Friendship

How much fun can you have on stage at Howick Little Theatre, an eastern suburbs theatre club in Auckland City? Find out by watching Reginald and Eric in action on YouTube.

HLT has members of all ages, and there are lots of opportunities for young people to build skills towards future careers. For example, some members have used their time at HLT to significantly improve their chances of obtaining a place at such training schools as the Actor's Program, Unitec and Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School. Check out the workshops we offer with leading theatre professionals such as Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Michael Hurst, Nik Janiurek, and John Parker.

Seven members have been involved for 50 or more years: Sheila Parks (foundation member, joined 1954); Rosemary Stanton (1954); actress Iris Churn (1955); Hugh Phillips, who designed the theatre (1960); playwright Diane Francis (1963); HLT patron, former president and long-standing committee member, director and actress Irene Fryer (1965); and actress Mary de Koster (1967). 

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