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Free family entertainment returns to the Riccarton House grounds this year with a new Anthony Harper Summer Theatre production; 10 talented actors are set to stage a cheeky and nostalgic retelling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The season kicks off on Wednesday the 3rd of February and runs until Sunday 21 February, with performances on Wednesday to Friday at 7pm, and two shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. Director Dan Pengelly says The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is set to equal the last year’s popular production of Peter Pan, and promises to be another enthralling show. “Put together a picnic and bring down a rug to enjoy this family comedy. We are promising lots of fun with plenty of audience participation,” Pengelly says. With a live and playful style, the show will use the script as really just a guide, with dialogue evolving from show to...
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  Local theatre legends Top Dog Theatre are making a break with tradition with their popular summer Shakespeare in 2015, leaving the Bard's comedic works behind for a while to perform the treacherous deeds and mysterious happenings afoot in MACBETH.   Mona Vale gets medieval for the outdoor production of "the Scottish play", which kicks off on February 11th, with 6pm nightly performances and 2pm matinees on Saturdays until the 21st. Refreshments and a licensed bar will be available on site - we think a wee dram o' whiskey may be appropriate.   Grab tickets at the gate or via the Court Theatre Box Office and learn more at www.topdogtheatre.com. ...
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One Man, Two Guvnors, as directed by Ross Gumbley, is a hilarious comedy that will keep you laughing throughout and all the way home. An adaption of 18th century Italian play The Servant of Two Masters, the British comedy is set in the charming and scandalous UK sea-side town of Brighton in the early 1960s. Full of flamboyant attire and colourful characters, the slap-stick comedy and pantomime routines were seamlessly delivered by the professional and talented cast. Tom Trevella was a stand-out in the lead role of Francis Henshall, a simple Brighton local who finds himself in the predicament of serving two masters. His superb acting, combined with his comic-wit, bought this character to life. The plot, which stems from the trickiness of Henshall’s situation, is light-hearted in its delivery of themes of love, jealously and panic, using contemporary jokes and music. From cockney gangsters to bumbling aristocracy, the play paints...
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Cityscape heads along to the opening night of The Court Theatre's first new production for 2014, the Judy Garland biopic End of the Rainbow. End of the Rainbow doesn’t so much open The Court Theatre’s first production of 2014 with a bang, but rather a supernova in the form of a blistering performance by Eilish Moran as the legendary potty-mouthed, drug-addled booze hound and fag-hag extraordinaire, Judy Garland.Desperate for her umpteenth comeback after being chewed up and spat out (ad nauseam) by the Hollywood machine, we find the busted showgirl at the end of a roller coaster career, holed up in a London hotel room with fifth husband to be/manager Mickey Deans (Kevin Keys), battling both stage fright and crippling addictions.She opts for a doomed and desperate venture/grab for cash to be held at ‘The Talk of the Town’ nightclub – fitting for the waning star, whose life was played out in...
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Look up everyone, it's February (where did January go?!), and that means that it’s almost time to partake in that modern Christchurch tradition: grabbing your folding your chair, packing your picnic and rug and basking in the evening sun at Mona Vale Gardens as you take in Top Dog’s Summer Shakespeare, now in its 10th year.This year’s offering is The Tempest, a whimsical tale of magic, marooning and love, and thought to be the last play Shakespeare wrote alone. Top Dog promises that “the show will cater to young and old; as this is Shakespeare in its most viewer-friendly form!" and that the production is a delightful mix of “comedy, cunning and confusion”.The show runs at Mona Vale from Wednesday 12th February to Saturday 22nd with a 6pm start Monday to Saturday, and a 2pm matinee on Sunday. Refreshments and a licensed bar are available at the venue, but you can also...
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The Court Theatre is following up last year’s sell-out hit summer musical Grease with their biggest production yet: The Mikado. Running now, through the holiday period, and on until mid-January, the production features the theatre’s largest-ever cast (25), and a lively treatment of and approach to the Gilbert and Sullivan classic that’s set to bring William and Arthur’s 1885 opus into 21st century.The Mikado is one of the most popular musicals of all time. It tells the story of Nanki‐Poo (played by Matt McFarlane, star of last year’s Grease), a wandering minstrel who falls in love with Yum Yum (Rachael Adams). She cannot marry him however, as she is arranged to marry the Lord High Executioner (Damien Avery). The Executioner, desperately needing to find someone to execute before the imminent arrival of the Mikado (Lynda Milligan), agrees to let Nanki‐Poo marry his bride-to-be – but only if he can execute...