Dorothy Winstone Centre - Auckland Girls Grammar School


The Dorothy Winstone Centre

The DWC is a centrally located theatre with 795 seats, ample parking, and full backstage facilities including dressing rooms and lounge.The theatre belongs to Auckland Girls' Grammar School and was built in 1988 and named in honour of Dame Dorothy Gertrude Winstone.
It is available for hire and is versatile to suit almost any event and budget. It is suggested that bookings should be made at least six months in advance to secure availability.



The theatre itself has a 795 tiered-seating amphitheatre style auditorium. The stage is a sprung rimu stage covered with a black vinyl floor suitable for many purposes. It can be hired either on a half-hire basis for 353 seats for more intimate events, or on a full-hire basis for the full 795 capacity. Free public parking, for up to 160 cars, available at gates 2 and 4. View the Gallery for more photos of our facility.

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Stage Sound

Full concert PA sound system is available consists of Amps, DVD/CD Players, Speakers and 36 channel Mixer Console. If the mixer is used,  the resident sound technician must be hired to operate. Should an external sound technician be approved by the Theatre Manager, a bond of $500 must be paid by the hirer.

However, it is mandatory the hirer contracts directly our preferred technician (Sound Technicians) when full sound is hired, to ensure you get the best results.

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Stage / Backstage



Stage dimensions are 16.5m wide x 6.5m deep with about 3.5m of wing space either side. There are two levels of upstage tabs, but no front tabs. This is an open proscenium stage. All black curtaining are on rails, and can be adjusted to your stage framing requirements.
The stage plan is available for download.



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Theatre Hire

Includes: Non-performance time (2hrs), Performance time (4hrs), Safety Officer (6 hrs), Normal Cleaning (2 hrs), Parking, Public Liability insurance, includes GST. Contact the theatre Manager - Alicia Hall for full details and bookings.


Mon - Thurs
Fridays & Sundays


 Half Hire (353 seats) $890

Full Hire (795 seats) $1,200
Full Hire (795 seats) $1,350
Full Hire (795 seats) $1,600

Booking deposits is 25% of estimated total hire: Half hire $400   Full hire $500-$800   Multiple days hire 25% of total hire


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Upcoming Events


First day of Term 2


Yr 11 Geography Field trip


Yr 11 Geography Field Trip


Yr 13 Geog to Tongariro National Park


English Week all week

DWC Contacts

Theatre Manager

Alicia Hall
Work: 09 307-4182
Fax: 09 309-9152
Mobile: 0274 772-357
Address: Gate 2, 16 Howe St, Newton, Auckland


DWC Approved Lighting Technician

Rhedgirl Productions
Rhed Clift

Mobile: 021 707433 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it).


DWC Approved Sound Technician

Mike Hughes
Intec Systems Ltd.
Work: 09 550-7875
Mobile: 021 441-194 


Francis Nolier
Oceania Audio Ltd.
Work: 09 845-7809
Mobile: 021 779-416 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it).

DWC Documents

Documents related to the hiring of the DWC including building plans and stage/lighting plans can be downloaded here.



DWC Gallery