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.

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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 →

Quiz Night December 2nd



All tickets for our shows can be purchased from The Ashburton Trust Event Centre. Box Office hours 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday or online at their website.

icon-5 SHOWS -

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar has unfortunately been effected by the 2021 Covid restrictions. New Dates for Jesus Christ Super Star are March 19th - 26th 2022  Auditions will be held November 21st 2021 for re casting. If you would like further information get in touch! Directed by Roger Farr, Musical Director Jo Castelow and Choreographer Julia Bell A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences and now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally – known series of events, but seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire. The iconic 1970s rock contains such well – known numbers as “Superstar’, ‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him” and “Gethsemane”.

School Of Rock

School of Rock was our proposed show for May 2022. But because Jesus Christ Superstar has be postponed we have decided to postpone our season of School Of Rock until May 2023


Variety Theatre offers a costume hire service that is perfect for themed birthday parties, parties and festivals. Read More  


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


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