Welcome to the Lyttelton Arts Factory

Ōhinehou / Lyttelton's only 'black box' theatre. Home to the Lyttelton Arts Festival, great theatre, touring companies, quality performing arts education and versatile venue hire for your next function.

Snow White and the 27 Wharfies
LAF Year 5 & 6 Student Production

6 - 7 DEC, 6pm

Snow White & the 27 Wharfies

Our youngest students enjoy this hilarious romp of a classic fairy tale by Joe Bennett.

LAF quiz dec 2023 sq

9 DEC, 7:30pm

LAF Christmas Cabaret

Joe Bennett hosts this hilarious night of cabaret and quiz, while members of the Lyttelton Circus Theatre Company and the LAF team will provide you with a variety of entertainment.

Extravabandza Dec2023

12 DEC, 6:30pm


Three bands in brilliant concert. Music students guided by Carmel Courtney provide you with a Christmas concert like no other.

year 7 & 8 end of year production 2023
LAF Year 7 & 8 Student Production

13 - 14 DEC, 6:30pm

The Pied Piper of Hanmer

An original new work by Joe Bennett based on the classic tale of 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'.

Berlin Burlesque
Lyttelton Circus Theatre Company

17 JAN - 10 FEB, 7:30pm | WED - SAT

Berlin Burlesque

With a dynamic set incorporating multimedia LCTC bring live music and action literally into the audience. An atmosphere is created that will carry you through a range of eras, locations and emotions and leave you on a high. Adults Only. MORE

LAF Education Drama

Ever wanted to:

  • Learn 'drama'?
  • Learn to play an instrument?
  • Play in a band?
  • Perform in the theatre?
  • Learn sound and lighting operation?
  • Make props?

Focussed on students, but also available to adults LAF has a range of classes available in their program. LAF provides students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a professional theatrical setting, guided by practitioners such as Director Mike Friend and Musician Carmel Courtney, both of whom have garnered critical acclaim in their respective fields.

Our diverse student body ranges from young performers as young as 5 to adults. For those in Year 5 and beyond, there's the exciting prospect of participating in top-tier productions featured in our esteemed education series. These productions boast an exceptionally high standard. Renowned writer Joe Bennett frequently lends his talent to the scripts, ensuring that children are entrusted with fresh and high-caliber material.

Fundamentally, Lyttelton Arts Factory embodies Mike Friend's steadfast conviction that the arts should be inclusive, breaking down barriers rather than creating divides. Here, we champion the idea that theatre and the arts should be accessible to all, not just a privileged few.

A selection of posters from some of the past events and shows that LAF has produced. To see a greater selection, and a timeline, visit past productions.

Lyttelton Arts Festival 2023
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Our mission as a supporter of both local and touring artists LAF offers not only a venue, but also a platform for both established and emerging artists to showcase their works via arts education and the annual Lyttelton Arts Festival.

LAF is a not-for-profit organisation meaning all proceeds go directly to artists and the the immediate running costs of the venue. LAF utilises the skills of a dedicated few to keep the venue going contributing a number of personal hours in the name of community and the arts.

LAF aims to:

  • Create and present new New Zealand works.
  • Contribute to development pathways in Christchurch.
  • Provide performers, directors and writers with devising and rehearsal space and performance opportunities.
  • Teach diverse theatre and performing arts disciplines.
  • Mentor and provide opportunities for emerging artists and technical operators to work in a professional environment.
  • Provide a high quality theatre environment for touring shows to present their work.
  • Provide Christchurch audiences with a diverse range of opportunities to see high quality local and touring shows.
  • Support the Circus and physical theatre community. Christchurch and LAF have a rich circo arts legacy.
  • Provide the community, organisations and businesses a venue for events, exhibitions, presentations and workshops.
Inside the black box theatre

Lyttelton Arts Factory is a fully equipped Black Box Theatre based in Christchurch's Lyttelton.

LAF hosts a wide variety of events including theatre, dance, comedy, music and multi-media. Flexibility is integral to LAF's design which boasts fully retractable tiered seating enabling directors, set designers and lighting designers to adjust the space to suit their show.

The space can be optimized for End Stage, Short Traverse, Long Traverse, Thrust, In the Round and Promenade.

  • Theatre up to 140
  • Cocktail up to 200
  • Cabaret Tables up to 150
  • Cabaret/Theatre combo up to 170
  • Banquet up to 80
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