NAPA is one of the four National Performing Arts spaces in Trinidad and Tobago. It officially opened on November 9, 2009. The Public Auditorium at NAPA was developed to play a pivotal role in the national plan for development of the arts and culture in Trinidad and Tobago.
Constructed on what was formerly the Princes Building Grounds, its first performance “Dance Meh Lover” a presentation of the National Theatre Arts Company of Trinidad and Tobago was held on Saturday November 14, 2009. The production was launched as part of the soft testing to get the auditorium ready for the grand opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) on November 27, 2009.
On February 11, 2011, the Public Auditorium was renamed – The Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) Auditorium – a fitting tribute to the calypsonian the world had come to know as the Grand Master of Calypso.