Our Mission

Variety Theatre Ashburton will strive to:

Cultivate and advance the arts of musical theatre, dance, music and drama by the encouragement of public interest and appreciation.

Provide training, education and entertainment for the members of the Society and the public in the production, performance and promotion of all the various branches of theatre.

Sponsor or promote any outside group in the performance of any activity which the Society may lawfully engage in.

Welcome to Variety Theatre Ashburton Check out our costume hire store - Party People Ashburton!


Variety Theatre Ashburton (legal name Ashburton Operatic Society) was formed in 1960 and staged its first production in 1961. With a membership of approximately 150, the Society aims to... Read more →


All tickets for our shows can be purchased from Ashburton Trust Event Centre or go to their website.


As we all face the difficult challenge of responding to COVID-19, Variety Theatre Ashburton regrettably announces the postponement of the 2020 show ‘It’s Only Rock n Roll Baby!’ The show will now be on stage 21st - 29th May 2021. Whilst this has been an easy decision to make given the circumstances, the committee, production team and cast wish to be mindful of the health and wellbeing of the community both on and off stage. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to your continued support. TICKET REFUND PROCESS If you have purchased your tickets online or through the Ticket Rocket Call Centre, you will automatically receive a full refund within 60 business days. Please note that there is no need for you to contact Ticket Rocket. If you have purchased your tickets from a venue (ATEC) or outlet, you will need to email support@ticketrocket.co.nz with the following details: -
  • The name you used to purchase your ticket
  • The event you have purchased the ticket for
  • Your account name and number for a manual bank transfer to be processed back to. This must be a NZ account and not a credit card number.
Your refund will be received within 60 business days. While this is the refund process, please do not hesitate to contact ATEC on 03 307 2010 for further advice.


Variety Theatre offers a costume hire service that is perfect for themed birthday parties or special events like the Wild Foods Festival. Read More  


A huge thanks to all our partners and supporters. Without your help, our productions would not be possible. 


To see the names of the committee for 2020/2021 elected at the AGM held October 2019 - Click Here  <a
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