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based on the song by LEONARD LIPTON and PERER YARROW
adapted for the stage by TIM BRAY
additional songs by CHRISTINE WHITE
The 1990 Pulitzer Prize nominated play Love Letters explores the bittersweet relationship of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, a dutiful lawyer/politician, and Melissa Gardner, a free-spirited artist, which spans over fifty years of soaring victories and crushing defeats as told solely through the letters, notes and cards they wrote to each other.
This is a story about a boy and girl who are forever linked in mind, heart, and spirit. Life conspires to keep them apart; love inspires their journey together.
In his critically acclaimed plays, A.R. Gurney has wittily captured the manners of upper-middle-class WASP America, but never as gracefully or with such dazzling economy as in Love Letters. In an era of e-mails, Love Letters reminds audiences of the intimacy of correspondence as it traces the relationship of the impetuous, lively, but unstable Melissa with the staid, no-nonsense, play-by-the-rules Andy.
A smash hit both off and on Broadway, Love Letters captures Andy and Melissa and the changing world they live in with a fullness of detail that only Gurney can command.
We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary as a thriving, key venue in Auckland’s arts and cultural scene this year. Since 1977 the theatre space has seen hundreds of productions staged, hosted workshops, discussions and classes, and has nurtured generations of local arts enthusiasts.
Join us for a taste of short performances by the many local theatre organisations – both grassroots and professional - who perform at The PumpHouse Theatre regularly - featuring performances from Tim Bray Productions, North Shore Music Theatre, Shoreside Theatre, The PumpHouse Community Choir and many more.
Fresh local scripts never seen before are paired with old classics on the PumpHouse Theatre stage in the short season of staged play readings called 'Something Old, Something New', from 17-20 May.
It’s the 90s.
Nigel is at home preparing for the biggest date of his life. A quiet evening, a beautiful meal and a candle-lit setting is all he needs…. What could possibly go wrong?
But this is his shared flat and tonight, of all nights, he’s about to be visited by more than just his date…
Enter the camp neighbour, the snarky flat mate and her drop-kick boyfriend, the needy ex-girlfriend, his happy go lucky parents, the whacky delivery guy, the pregnant lady, the singing telegram, the telemarketer, the cop, and did we mention the needy ex–girlfriend!
Will his date even show?
Come find out in this fast paced 90’s setting, if you don’t laugh at least two dozen times you might want to check your pulse!
Screenwriter Kate McDermot (Go Girls, Step Dave, Outrageous Fortune) teams up with actor Blair Strang (Shortland Street, Nothing Trivial) in his directorial debut to bring you NIGEL, one of the funniest theatrical shows you’ll see this year!
North Shore Music Theatre is proud to present the NZ Premiere of BRING IT ON
Set in the high stakes world of competitive high school cheerleading, Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of Campbell,
cheer captain and most popular girl at the uber-affluent Truman High School.
Before she can lead her award-winning squad to another win at Nationals, tragedy strikes: School redistricting forces
Campbell to transfer to the “rough” Jackson High School.
Knocked off her throne as teen queen, Campbell tries to make sense of her new “outsider” status.
With a national title on the line, Campbell must convince Danielle, Jackson’s “it-girl” and leader of hip-hop dance troupe
The Crew, to start a cheerleading squad and help bring on some sweet revenge.
With music and lyrics by Lin Manuel-Miranda (Hamilton, Moana, in the Heights) and based on the movie starring Kirsten Dunst
This show is a high energy spectacular that should not be missed!
Another Shoreside Theatre Mid-Winter Murder Mystery Thriller
Agatha Christie can hold the theatre spellbound when nearly every character is a plausible suspect. Only the dead are above suspicion.
An advertisement appears in the personal columns of a local newspaper announcing a murder will take place at the house known as Little Paddocks.
But it’s not a prank. More deaths take place.
Miss Marple and a detective must work their way through a house full of suspects. Nothing is ever as straight forward as it would seem but the clues to the murderer are carefully placed throughout the action.
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band bring blues, ballads, banter and bling to your Friday night.
Wellington based Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment.
Collins, who is known for being an engaging front woman, likes to move between ballsy blues and soulful ballads, making them her own. You'll no doubt hear a little Nina Simone, a little Etta James and Laura's take on some unsuspecting men.
Laura says "Blues comes straight from the heart and that’s just how I like it, it’s accessible, joyful, heart full music and not only that it makes me want to move – what’s not to like?”
Laura's band are all long-time players in the Wellington and National music scene. Wayne Mason well-known singer songwriter, also one hell of a fine boogie piano player ‘firing it up’ on their behalf. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky tonk.
John O’Connor, a masterful, pedal-free guitarist who’s played with everyone along the way, from BB King to Kiri Te Kanawa. In the engine room George Barris on warm upright bass (in his early days part of Highway) is joined by Pete Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums.
“Having a pulled-back rhythm section just allows us to be lower volume and bring a really warm vocal led sound. We’ll still make you want to dance though, this band just swings.”
Let the Back Porch Blues Band add some heat to your Friday night.