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Productions

Stir Crazy

‘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

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen March 20-28

Written and first performed in 1879, this ground-breaking classic play tells the story of Nora, the protagonist, and her struggle to challenge the traditional attitudes of a society which simply views her as a ‘wife and mother’. Adapted by Samuel Adamson and Directed by Phil Portland. 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

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.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be the final production for this year.

Set as a ‘play within a play’ this new adaptation, written and directed by Mark Rayner, sticks very closely to Dickens’ original story and uses traditional Christmas carols to punctuate the onstage action – it promises to be a highly theatrical event!

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.

Loot

Loot!

LOOT is a black farce masterpiece written by Joe Orton that follows the fortunes of two bank robbers, Hal and Dennis, as they desperately try to conceal their latest haul from the eagle eyes of mad Inspector Truscott and mysterious Nurse Fay, by concealing the cash in a coffin – the problem then is where to conceal the corpse? Directed by Mark Rayner. Cast: Linda Kerfoot, Carey Knapp, Chris McKenzie, Troy Taylor, Mark Rayner, Mike Pyefinch.

Beverley Hillbillies

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

Summer Wonderland

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

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

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

Blithe Spirit

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.

Farcical Fun at Repertory

Following on from the success of Abigail’s Party, Repertory’s next presentation brings together the same production team to stage the much-loved farce Habeas Corpus by veteran English playwright Alan Bennett (author of Talking Heads, A Private Function and The History Boys).

With its literal Latin translation being “you may have the body” this clever play very much revolves around those two forbidden themes beloved of popular farceurs: namely sex and death (although this play concentrates more on the former!). Read more