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News

The Pohutukawa Tree

Catch our latest production ‘The Pohutukawa Tree’ written by Bruce Mason and directed by Phil Hudson from the 5th – 13th May 2017.

The production is being staged in association with Playmarket and show times are as follows:

Evening Shows, 7:30pm: 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th and 13th May.

Matinee, 2:00pm: 7th May.

Tickets $15 – $25 with door sales available, sorry no EFTPOS.

Tickets can be purchased at the Wanganui Royal Opera House.
Address: 69 St Hill Street
Email: rwoh@royaloperahouse.co.nz
Phone: +64 6 349 0511

Bookings can be made here http://www.royaloperahouse.co.nz/index.php/bookings

Red Riding Hood

auditions

Sunday, 25th of September saw 20 hopefuls turn up at Repertory Theatre to audition for a pantomime based loosely on the story of Red Riding Hood. A madcap, high energy pantomime peppered with slap stick routines, dances, singing, and political innuendos it is not surprising that the audition itself had its own special flavour of merriment and excitement. Read more

State Highway 48

Many of our own home grown theatre talent have gone on to perform nationwide (April Phillips and Lyndee Jane Rutherford just two examples). So we are proud to promote the new, home-grown Kiwi musical “State Highway 48”. It will be performing for one night only on the 8th of October 2016 at the Royal Wanganui Opera House. So book now! For more details, View Flyer.

Dan Bolton-Live-Sun 14th Aug

Where the new meets the old, New York City based musician, Dan Bolton is a singer/songwriter/pianist with a unique sound. His songs are 21st Century standards, incorporating elements of jazz, pop and Latin American styles. His music is reminiscent of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin but with a modern twist.

Dan has recently recorded 3 albums, The New York Sessions, Volumes 1,2 and 3 which he will be featuring in the show. Read more

‘Stir Crazy’ by David McPhail & Jon Gadsby

Wanganui Repertory’s latest production ‘Stir Crazy’ is a stage adaptation of ‘Letter to Blanchy’ written by the original stars David McPhail and Jon Gadsby ten years after the original television show ended. A jolly boys’ week in the country becomes a nightmare when four men find themselves trapped in a fishing hut because of a flooded river. In an effort to pass the time, various inane games, pursuits and pastimes are tried, including an attempt to play poker with an incomplete deck of cards. Tensions in the hut rise to breaking point, until a single, trashy novel is found. Only when the rain finally stops can the four make a dash for freedom. ’Stir Crazy’ promises a night of hilarious entertainment fuelled by good old fashioned kiwi humour http://royaloperahouse.co.nz/bookings

Improv Night Sat 5th March

Come along folks and enjoy a night of hilarious entertainment! This is the first of the Improv Nights for the year and also kicks off the 2016 programme for Wanganui Repertory Theatre. Stay tuned for more announcements as we get right back into the swing of things. Doors open 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start,tickets are just $10 at the Box Office, concessions are available.

One Act Play Season – On Sale Now!

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Don’t miss out on this evening of hilarious comedy! Limited season! Book now at The Royal Wanganui Opera House! http://royaloperahouse.co.nz/bookings

A Doll’s House – Auditions Sun 14th Dec

No sooner does one production door close than another one opens and we’re thrilled to have Phil Portland making his directorial debut for Repertory with an updated version of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece “A Doll’s House” which will play late March. Read more

The Rivals

Written in the late 1700s and set in the historic English city of Bath, this late-Restoration comedy features a fabulous array of comic characters embroiled in a wonderfully convoluted plot involving mistaken identities, secret missives and some misguided match-making. Read more

Funny Money Reviews

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Laughs Keep on Rolling!

Funny Money at Wanganui Repertory Theatre. Reviewed by Maggie Munro.

Cleverly written by English farceur Ray Cooney and directed by Troy Taylor, this hilarious comedy takes place in the course of one evening in Henry and Jean Perkins’ living room. Henry, the hero of the piece, accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase while travelling home on the London Tube for his birthday – and it contains £750,000. Read more

Funny Money

Written by legendary English farceur Ray Cooney and directed by Troy Taylor, “Funny Money” is a brilliant and hilarious comedy of mistaken identity in which the hero of the piece, Henry Perkins, a middle class accountant, accidentally acquires a briefcase containing a substantial amount of ill-gotten cash. Eager to flee the country with his increasingly confused wife, the plot quickly thickens with the arrival of a succession of unexpected visitors. Confused identities, disappearing briefcases, a dash of police corruption and a splash too much alcohol ensures the fun never stops in this rollicking British farce.

Wanganui Repertory Theatre – 28th March to 5th April.

The Reviews Are In!

The Christmas production of “A Christmas Carol” has received glowing reviews from the local press…

Wanganui Chronicle

Warm cast melt heart of Scrooge
Review: A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and directed by Mark Rayner
Wanganui Repertory Theatre until December 7
Reviewed by Lin Ferguson

What a timely piece this is – not because it is the festive season but because the curmudgeonly and miserable Ebenezer Scrooge, even today, illustrates capitalism in its cringing, uncaring attitude for the poor and struggling in our parishes. The story is as relevant now as it was in the Victorian era. Read more

Auditions!

Auditions for Repertory’s next production A Christmas Carol written and directed by Mark Rayner will be held at Rep Sunday 6th October, time yet to be confirmed with performances 29th Nov to 7th Dec, email info@wanganuirepertorytheatre.co.nz for further information or to book an audition time.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce that its next play will be a sumptuous production of the Oscar Wilde classic “The Importance of Being Earnest” which will play for eight performances from August 23rd to 31st. Mark Rayner is directing and designing the set for this classic piece of theatre. Featuring a cast of ten, this sparkling comedy promises to provide the audience an evening of quality live theatre entertainment.

Calling All Writers!

We want to see Wanganui stories on Repertory’s stage!

Centennial commemorations of the 1914-18 World War will begin in Wanganui in 2014.

At Repertory Theatre we’ve been talking about linking with the 2015 Literary Festival to present drama written by our own Wanganui playwrights (either established or budding), reflecting the impact World War 1 had on Wanganui people. Read more

Auditions for Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Sunday June 9th 12pm to 4pm, Repertory Theatre, 4 Ridgway Street.

Casting all roles: Male (x5) playing ages 20s to 60s, Female (x4) playing ages 20s to 60s. Directed by Mark Rayner, this production performs August 23rd to 31st. For further information or to book an audition call 0272709497 or get in touch via our contact page.

False Teeth Wanted

With opening night just over three weeks away, the pressure is now on for the cast and crew of our upcoming production of Joe Orton’s classic black comedy “Loot”. Fortunately everyone is “putting in the hard graft”, and the whole rehearsal process is proving to be, once again, a very enjoyable experience. Read more

Farewell Glenn

Repertory’s current production Beverly Hill Billies is Glenn Cameron’s last show to be directed in Wanganui before he relocates. Glenn has directed over 46 shows, and is next to act in Jack and the Beanstalk at AmDram before he leaves the river city. The Hillbillies is a show he has always wanted to direct and this was his last chance to do it in Wanganui. Read more

The Beverley Hillbillies

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES directed by Glenn Cameron. Hold onto your hats as the crazy Clampett family rides into Repertory Theatre for an evening of hillbilly hilarity! Read more

Auditions for LOOT

AUDITIONS for Joe Orton’s Black Comedy LOOT, directed by Mark Rayner.
Sunday 17th February 11am to 3pm at Repertory Theatre, 4 Ridgway Street.
Casting all roles: Female (1) playing age 30s/40s, Male (5) playing ages
20s to 60s. Good Irish/London accents an advantage.

For further information or to book an audition time tel 0272709497 or Click here to contact us

Repertory Theatre, 1933-2013 celebrating 80 years.

Thank You & Merry Xmas

A huge thank you to all our loyal supporters who have made 2012 another successful year for Rep! 2013 is our 80th anniversary and to celebrate we have a full schedule of four productions beginning with ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ from March 1st. New members are always very welcome at Rep whether it’s acting, directing, lighting, sound, set construction or front of house. Get in touch today and become a part of the Repertory team.

‘The Beverley Hillbillies’ Coming Soon!

The Beverley Hillbillies directed by Glenn Cameron. Hold onto your hats as the crazy Clampett family rides into Repertory theatre for an evening of hillbilly hilarity! Get ready for this riotous stage show featuring all the much-loved characters from the iconic television series. Opens March 1st at Repertory Theatre, 4 Ridgway St.

Casting for Berverly Hillbillies

We are going to be casting for the upcoming production of ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ on the 8th and 9th December. Here is a breakdown of the available roles. Read more

Summer Wonderland !

Repertory Theatre’s next production is Directed by Kerry Girdwood and the Australian comedy has a terrific cast in place, some of the actors have been in recent productions at Rep and always give a strong performance, and also there are one or two returning to the stage after a long break who will bring their experience to Rep’s stage again. Read more

A thank you to cast and crew!

Congratulations to you Mark, Kerry and the entire cast and crew of Absurd Person Singular! It was a most fantastic night. Read more

Absurd Person Singular, Reviewed by Paul Brooks

To those of us ‘of a certain age’, the three sets on Repertory’s stage looked all too familiar. Those kitchens from the 1970s, overheated havens of fluorescent colours and lurid wallpapers seared into our brains to create permanent nightmarish memories—and there they were again! Read more

Summer Wonderland Auditions!

Auditions for this wonderfully funny contemporary Australian comedy, directed by Kerry Girdwood, will be held at Repertory Theatre, 4 Ridgway St. between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday 26th August. Read more

Absurd Person Singular

ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR by Alan Ayckbourn. Playing August 17th to 25th. Directed by Mark Rayner, this classic comedy charts the hilarious ups and downs of three dysfunctional married couples over three consecutive Christmas Eves. Read more

A Play is Cast!

We held auditions for ‘Absurd Person Singular’ on Sunday, and what a terrific turnout there was – many thanks to all those who came along. There’s always a real buzz in the air on any audition day, and this one was no exception with fourteen auditionees turning up for the six roles on offer – so we were really spoilt for choice! Read more

Another busy year ahead for Repertory!

Repertory is thrilled to announce that our most recent production, ‘Are You Being Served?’, broke all box office records and was the most successful production we’ve had for many years, with most of the performances sold out in advance – well done to Glenn Cameron and his team! Read more

Are you free on opening night?

Repertory Theatre’s latest production, the hilarious stage version of the terrifically popular television show “Are You Being Served?”, is all set for a gala opening this Friday (March 23rd) at 7.30pm. This much-loved comedy, directed by Glenn Cameron, features a cast of twelve actors, including all the familiar characters from the well-known television series. Read more

‘Are You Being Served?’ Tickets On Sale Now!

‘Are You Being Served?’ is on stage from March 23rd to 31st. Evenings at 7:30pm. Sunday matinee at 2:00pm. Door sales available. No EFTPOS.

Purchase online via our ‘Tickets’ page.

Are You Being Served?

The TV comedy classic comes to the Repertory!

Wanganui Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce that its first production of 2012 will be the hilarious stage version of the TV hit comedy series ‘Are You Being Served?’ by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. Directed by Glenn Cameron, whose last production at Repertory was ‘Once on Chunuk Bair’, this fast-paced farcical comedy features the full cast of well-known colourful TV characters including the eccentric Mrs Slocombe (and her much mentioned pussy), busty Miss Brahms, lusty Mr Lucas, and the outrageous Mr Humphries (“I’m free!”). Read more

Opening night goes with a bang!

Blithe Spirit, Repertory’s latest production, opened with a bang on Friday night to an enthusiastic audience. The cast of seven certainly stepped up to the mark, playing this fast-paced classic comedy with strong comic timing and some wonderful physical characterisations. Read more

Blithe Spirit Draws Near

Wanganui Repertory Theatre is proud to present Noël Coward’s classic comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ for a limited run from December 2nd to December 11th. This sparkling and witty play tells the story of urbane novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth. In the course of researching a book, he invites eccentric medium, Madame Arcati into their house, triggering a hilarious chain of events when a séance she conducts goes horribly wrong.

Hard work continues…

The theatre has been busy with one production rolling on from the other lately, and its a bit of a rush to gather ourselves together and start fresh, it does keep us on our toes though. There is a flurry of cleaning, set breakdown and reset, prop gathering, wardrobe organization, lighting rigs, production management and of course the auditions to the final night with all that entails. It creates a busy atmosphere that all comes together in a very practiced way, with some breath holding moments, but its all great fun. Its amazing how much talent is attached to the Rep, and no matter what is needed from acting to directing and backstage, the right people are either on board or can be found. Read more

New Website

Welcome to our new website! We look forward to keeping you informed about our latest events and productions. Take a look around and explore our Rep Talk updates, find out more about the next production and get in touch.