Dorothy Winstone Centre


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.  Limited on-site parking is available in accordance with the school's needs.  Contact the theatre Manager - Alicia Hall for full details and bookings.


Mon - Thurs
Fridays & Sundays


 Half Hire (353 seats) $950

Full Hire (795 seats) $1,250
Full Hire (795 seats) $1,400
Full Hire (795 seats) $1,700

Booking deposits is 25% of estimated total hire: Half hire circa $450   Full hire circa $600-$900   Multiple days hire 25% of total hire


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Upcoming Events


2:30 pm 15.06.2018 - 3:30 pm 22.06.2018
Senior Reports go home


21.06.2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Otago University Presentation


7:00 pm 22.06.2018 - 11:00 pm 23.06.2018
AGGS School Ball


25.06.2018 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Maths Week this week


26.06.2018 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Board of Trustees Meeting

DWC Gallery