THE PUMPHOUSE THEATRE: What's On
Santa at The PumpHouse
In the tradition of the English Christmas panto, Tim Bray’s original play The Santa Claus Show returns to The PumpHouse in December. Bray tackles the consumerist society almost imperceptibly with a gently humorous script that brings a little magic dust back into the Christmastime fable. It’s a modern story of Kelly and Alana, two little girls and best friends who decide to write to Santa Claus. They have lots of fun imagining all the things they’d like to receive on Christmas Day but Kelly sends the longest list of things that a child wants for Christmas that Santa has ever seen. Santa is concerned, in a jolly kind of way, that Kelly has no notion of the concept of ‘giving is better than receiving’. So Santa flies Kelly to the North Pole where she learns for herself the true meaning of Christmas. It seems the idea of Santa and presents never loses its magic for children of all ages and the staging of Santa’s workshop complete with elves will have children wide eyed as they suspend disbelief in the way that children do best. And as always with Tim Bray’s shows, children are encouraged to dress up in a Christmas theme when they come to the performance.
“You’ll adore Santa Claus as himself (and be pretty satisfied with Tim Raby’s Santa stunt double as well ... shhh!) It’s fun, heart-warming stuff, and a haven away from the lunacy that is the modern corporate Christmas in a sticky suburban mall”. – Lexie Matheson, Theatreview
Dark Mondays - the last play reading for 2013
Two new scripts will be read for the final Dark Mondays event for 2013; A Mad Old World written by Christian Nickless and The Wrestling Match written by Tim George. Both will be directed by Luke Wilson.
Play readings are held in The PumpHouse Theatre Foyer. In this intimate atmosphere the audience is encouraged to be involved with origination of new theatre works by giving feedback to actors, director and writer after the reading.
Shakespeare in the Park - 18 Years On
The annual season of Shakespeare in the Park, performed outdoors in The PumpHouse Amphitheatre inevitably produces many challenges and the 2014 season may have more than its usual share.
With Auckland Council plans to replace the roof on the original theatre early in the year, the Shakespeare producers will be working around the contractors who are undertaking this essential operation. To the relief of the producers, Shoreside Theatre, the operations won’t extend into the amphitheatre area and café.
January and February will see the Summer Shakespeare season in its 18th year and as a result it has developed into a must-see annual event. The works of the greatest writer in the English language will be performed just as it was 500-odd years ago at London’s Globe Theatre with fabulous costumes and audience interaction.
The upcoming season starts with the timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing. While young lovers Claudio and Hero have their imminent nuptials threatened by the resentful scheming of a Prince, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick. With their bantering and caustic relationship Shakespeare has given us two of his most captivating pair of lovers.
Presented on alternate evenings Othello is Shakespeare’s most poignant tragic hero and Iago his darkest character. Set against Othello’s honesty, love and purity of principle this is as much a story of jealousy and a drama of manipulation. In this masterpiece of revenge it is the traitor Iago who pulls the strings with unabashed wickedness. As Othello’s adviser, he portrays an envious low-ranking officer, full of bitterness who destroys lives just for the fun of it. He is a ‘bad guy’ with a sick mind and no excuse other than his true depravity.
Shakespeare in Killarney Park at Takapuna’s PumpHouse inaugurated with Richard 111 and since then many of Shakespeare’s most popular plays have been staged there under the stars. This tradition will be maintained with a delightful comedy alternating with a great and exceptionally popular tragedy. Construction and contractors will not be stopping William Shakespeare in 2014!
Give the gift of live theatre with PumpHouse Gift Vouchers
We have some fantastic shows lined up for next year to suit audiences of all ages so for those of you who are at a loss as to what to get your loved ones this Christmas, The PumpHouse has gift vouchers available in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
What's On @ The Pumphouse
December 9 - 21
Tim Bray Productions presents The Santa Claus Show
By Tim Bray
10.30am and 1pm daily except Sunday
Adult $21 - $24
Child $21 - $24
Family rate (4+ seats) $19.75 - $21
Monday December 9 @ 6.30pm
Dark Mondays play reading in The PumpHouse Theatre Foyer
‘A Mad Old World’ written by Christian Nickless &‘The Wrestling Match’ written by Tim George
Directed by Luke Wilson.
Entry by Koha
January 18 – February 14 2014
Shoreside Theatre presents Shakespeare in the Park – Outdoors in The PumpHouse Amphitheatre
Othello & Much Ado About Nothing
Performed on alternating nights
All performances at 8pm
Group concession 7+ $19pp
Discount for booking both shows at once