WHAT'S ON
CURRENT SHOWS
OLIVER!
Sat 19 Apr, 2014
   07:30 PM
It is one of the most beloved scenes in literature; a score of boys wan and ragged, chant a monotonous grace in the bare kitchen of a 19th century workhouse. In the flickering candlelight the boys wolf down their thin gruel.

This is no ordinary night. This is the night when the smallest and the most pathetic of the workhouse boys, Oliver Twist, dares to leave his place and timidly, bowl in hand, says to the bullying beadle, Mr Bumble, the immortal words, "Please Sir I want some more".

Oliver has committed a most grievous crime. The only answer for the sake of discipline is banishment, and so Oliver is sold.

Mr Sowerberry, the Undertaker, buys Oliver for five pounds. He endures vicious treatment at the hands of Noah Claypole, an assistant. Escapes to London and meets the artful Dodger who introduces him to Fagin, a wily old Jew who runs a training establishment for pickpockets. Oliver and Dodger are turned loose into the streets of London to pick the pockets of the "Gentry". Oliver gets caught trying to steal a wallet and would certainly have been hung had not been for the intervention of Mr Brownlow, who befriends Oliver.

True to the master storyteller Charles Dickens, many other characters appear in the musical. Nancy, a brazen hussy, has a soft spot for Oliver. Bill Sykes, a true villain, eventually kills Nancy. Fagin survives for another day. As in most Dickens' stories, in the end good triumphs over evil and Oliver is restored to a happy home.

Oliver is one of the great smash hits of the modern musical theatre. It is just as popular today as when it was first written. Lionel Bart, its composer has left us with an outstanding theatrical masterpiece.

Adult $41.00 Child $20.00 (15 years and under)
Student $38.00 Senior $38.00 Group $38.00 Groups of 10 or more
Family $96.00 2 Adults plus 2 Children (1 Child is Free)
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BILLY CONNOLLY HIGH HORSE TOUR
Tue 22 Apr, 2014
   07:30 PM
Wild man of comedy BILLY CONNOLLY will embark on an 11-city tour of New Zealand in April and May.

BILLY CONNOLLY - or The Big Yin as he's affectionately known in his native Scotland -- has been wowing NZ audiences with his live stand-up shows since 1978. With every visit, his fanbase has become larger and larger: from under 7000 people in 1978 to over 60,000 in 2009 - every concert sold out and surpassing all records for international comedians in NZ.

This time round will be no exception. He's funnier than ever and he'll be on his very high horse as he regales audiences with the humour that's filled his head since his last visit.

All Tickets $89.90
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PAUL POTTS 'One Chance'
Wed 23 Apr, 2014
   07:30 PM
Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon Paul Potts will embark on an eight-city concert tour of New Zealand in April.

The announcement of the tour, titled One Chance, coincides with the cinematic release of the biopic of same name that is based on Paul’s rise to fame from phone salesman to opera superstar. Paul’s brand new, deeply personal memoir, One Chance: A Memoir has also recently been released, endorsed by Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan, two of the Britain’s Got Talent judges responsible for his discovery in 2007.

The tour will take in concerts in Auckland, Rotorua, the Hawke’s Bay, Palmerston North, Wellington, Invercargill, Dunedin and Christchurch. Tickets will go on sale on in January. Paul will be accompanied by an orchestra, and a special New Zealander who will open each performance.

Adult A $95.00 (A Reserve) Adult B $79.00 (B Reserve)
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GRUMPY OLD WOMEN
Sat 26 Apr, 2014
   07:30 PM
Back to knock some sense back into the nation, THE GRUMPY OLD WOMEN return with a 21 date New Zealand tour of their brand spanking new show FIFTY SHADES OF BEIGE!

This jam-packed show comes from the original authors, Jenny Éclair and Judith Holder, and stars three of New Zealand's favourite theatre actresses Geraldine Brophy, Jude Gibson and Lynda Milligan. It includes all the most Grumpy topics... learning the art of 'Grumpy Grooming', the joy of large pants, a free nagging master class (how to get your own way without him even noticing), beards for women, which style will suit you?

Complimentary Anger Management workshop, middle-aged drinking: the rules, navigating the smorgasbord of worry, voluntary euthanasia vs. retirement, how to customise an unwanted pole dancing kit and a mercifully brief Zumba demonstration. All this and more!

Adult $59.90 Early Bird (Limited only)
Group $65.00 Groups of 10+
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ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET presents COPPELIA
Wed 30 Apr, 2014
   07:30 PM
A comedy for the whole family, Coppélia combines laughter, mystery, romance and the finest classical ballet - from spectacular character dances to the grand romantic pas de deux - in a fun-filled spectacle.

Jack-the-lad Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia without realising she is in fact a life-sized doll, created by the mysterious inventor Dr Coppélius. His fiesty fiancee Swanhilde is disgusted by his disloyalty, but when Franz's life is in danger, she tricks the doctor by disguising herself as Coppélia (the doll) in order to save her love. Crisis averted, the couple marry and celebrate with their friends in the village square.

New Zealand dance legend Sir John Trimmer reprises the great character role of Dr Coppélius, a role he first performed for the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 1964.

Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Léo Delibes
Design: Kristian Fredrikson

Adult from $37.00 to $88.00
Child from $25.00 to $45.00
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MAYDAY CONCERT 2014
Sat 03 May, 2014
   07:30 PM
Celebrating International Workers Day

A great night of fun and solidarity in the form of song, music, dance and performance art from community groups and individuals throughout NZ and beyond.

The MayDay Cup is presented by a panel of judges to the outstanding group / performer on the night.

All Tickets $5.00
Children 16 years and under are Free
Credit card fees apply

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AN EVENING WITH KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Tue 06 May, 2014
   08:00 PM
Country Music Hall of Famer, singer, songwriter, Grammy Award winner and actor, American country music legend Kris Kristofferson returns to New Zealand.

Famous for his solo career, and as part of The Highwaymen with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, on this tour Kris will be performing in intimate mode, playing songs from his new album Feeling Mortal together with all the hits we all know and love including Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make it Through the Night, Sunday Morning Coming Down and For the Good Times.

The intimacy of the shows will allow audiences to not only be captivated by his voice but will also be an opportunity to hear first-hand the stories of his life both on and off the road.

"I always try to be as honest as I can in the songwriting, and what I'm finding to my pleasant surprise at this age, is that the words are more inclined to laughter than tears - I hope I'll feel this creative and this grateful until they throw dirt over me!"

Adult A Res $80.00 B Res $70.00 Group (6+) $65.00
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HEATH FRANKLIN'S CHOPPER - Repeat Offender
Wed 07 May, 2014
   07:30 PM
Don't believe what you read in the papers; CHOPPER is back! His brand new show -Repeat Offender -makes its international debut in New Zealand with a huge 14 city tour from April 2014.

Repeat Offender is about that moment where every part of your body wants to smash something in half, like an amphetamine-addled Godzilla, but takes a few deep breaths, reassesses the situation and then does it anyway. It's about the choice between letting things ruin your day, or being a Teflon-coated duck's back. It's about picking your battles and knowing when to hold them, when to fold them and when to tell everyone at the poker table of life to go f**k themselves.

As seen on TV3's 7 Days, Heath Franklin's Chopper is a worldwide comedy icon, selling over 250,000 tickets in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Chopper is also promoting the release of his new live DVD, The Sh*Tlist, which was recorded at the 2013 NZ Comedy Festival and in stores this December.

For more details visit www.laughingstock.co.nz

Adult $42.90 Student $38.90 Senior $38.90
Group $36.90 (Groups of 6+)
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MOTHERS' DAY CONCERT
Sun 11 May, 2014
   01:30 PM
Unity Singers Mothers Day Concert 2014 proudly presents Showstoppers.

A collection of your favourite songs from the formidable stage shows such as West Side Story, Les Miserable, Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Celebrating 40 years of Mothers Day Concerts in the Manawatu.

All Tickets $12.00
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2degrees COMEDY CONVOY
Sat 17 May, 2014
   08:00 PM
7Days star Paul Ego hosts a high-octane two-hour stand-up comedy showcase guaranteed to be funny as; with new and used, finely tuned, well oiled international and kiwi comedians coming to theatres across NZ.

Starring British comedians Carl Donnelly and Markus Birdman; alongside hilarious Kiwi's Justine Smith and crack-up magician Jarred Fell.

". . .a totally awesome night, we were in tears by the end of it" - Jo Donoghue [audience member]

EarlyB $39.50 (Limited only)
Student $30.00 (15 yrs and over with ID)
Group $39.50 (Groups of 6 or more)
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RHYS DARBY - MR ADVENTURE
Fri 23 May, 2014
   08:00 PM
New Zealand's very own comedy super star returns with a brand new show for 2014.
From the misty mountains of Rwanda to the eerie shores of Loch Ness, Rhys has seen it all...
Join him as he regales you with tales so thrilling you'd swear he was making them up. No one brings a yarn to life better than Darby with his classic onstage physicality.
Join the adventure... Mr. Adventure.

Winner: Best NZ Comedy (The Fred) 2012
Climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) 2013

"Godspeed time-travelling disco soldier." **** - Chortle

Adult $47.75 Student $42.75 Senior $42.75
Group $42.75 (Groups of 6+)
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KODAMA JAPANESE TAIKO DRUM CONCERT
Sun 25 May, 2014
   06:00 PM
"KODAMA" means spirit of the Japanese drum and its sound. Feel the soul of the sound, the drum and Japan.

The Japanese Drum Team "KODAMA" is from the International Pacific College, a tertiary institution in Palmerston North. The team was founded over 20 years ago by a professional Japanese drummer. Over the years, captains and members have put themselves into the songs handed down to them from member to member. Last year, they have given over 30 performances all around New Zealand.

80 minutes, eleven different tastes of Japanese drum, samurai action, and Japanese traditional harp called Koto performance will be part of the show.

General Admission
Adult $15.00 Child $10.00 (5 - 16 years)
Student $10.00 (with ID) Senior $10.00 (with ID)
Group $10.00 (Groups of 10+)
Under 5's are Free
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JAZZ GALA
Sat 31 May, 2014
   08:00 PM
Manawatu International Jazz Festival 2014

FREDA PAYNE an American singer and actress best known for her million selling, 1970 hit single, "Band of Gold" who happens to be a jazz singer of the first order and jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger BILL CUNLIFFE will perform with the Rodger Fox Wellington Jazz Orchestra for a special gala night of jazz music.

Adult $38.00 Student $20.00
Jazz Club Member $32.00

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ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN
Thu 05 Jun, 2014
   08:00 PM
One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen and The Works is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. Featuring hits such as I Want to Break Free, A Kind of Magic, We Will Rock You and - of course - Bohemian Rhapsody.

Adult $69.00 - $79.00 Child $49.00 - $59.00
Student $59.00 - 69.00 Senior $59.00 - 69.00
Group (10+)$59.00 - 69.00

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WOUNDED HEARTS by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Sat 28 Jun, 2014
   07:30 PM
Under the baton of Sistema student and prize-winning Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, this concert explores passion and pain. Schumann's Manfred Overture draws us deep into Lord Byron's dramatic world. Then we turn to the real drama of life in Stalinist Russia that so strenously affected Prokofiev. Despite this, his Sinfonia Concertante is compelling in the hands of extraordinary cellist Alisa Weilerstein, whose youthful energy and poetic expression are captivating. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 Pathetique, is a master class in exquisite torment where soaring melodies are unable to shake a sense of despair.

Adult $32.00 to $57.00
Child $15.00 (1-18 years old)
Concession $28.00 to $52.00 (Senior or Unwaged)
Group $27.00 to $48.00 (Groups of 8 plus)
Student Rush $15.00 (On the Day only)
Community Service Card $15.00 (On the Day only)
Plus service fees and credit card fees


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MID WINTER MASQUERADE
Sat 12 Jul, 2014
   06:00 PM
Hipnotize presents an evening of Middle Eastern Belly Dance laced with a touch of mystery. This year at the Mid Winter Masquerade (normally known as the Mid Winter Hafla), you will see a variety of Bellydance performances, from fledglings to the experienced, from traditional to contemporary, each and all brought together by the love of dance, with added theme of a modern masquerade, so the audience can also join in the fun and excitement.

Join in the festivities and come in costume! There will be a discount at the door for those purchasing tickets in costume!! (The special ticket price is limited to one ticket per customer on the night only).

General Admission

Adult $18.00 Child $5.00 (2 - 15 years)
Senior $10.00 (with ID) Group $15.00 (Groups of 8 or more)
ON THE NIGHT AND ONLY IF IN COSTUME $15.00

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TAKE ME HOME - The Music and Life of John Denver
Sun 13 Jul, 2014
   08:00 PM
Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver takes you on a musical journey of one of the world's most captivating and celebrated men.

Through the exclusive film footage, his love for life, and concerns for the environment are poignantly portrayed in this stage presentation. John's love for life, concerns for the environment, through to his premature death are all included within the presentation.

The motivation for many of his hit songs are explained, including visiting Jacques Cousteau on Calypso, which was the inspiration for his worldwide mega-hit 'Calypso'.

Singer Bevan Gardiner, accompanied by international musicians perform all the John Denver songs with such accuracy and feeling that if you close your eyes you will be effortlessly transported to the era of John Denver.

Take Me Home is authorised and by arrangement with John Denver management.

A Reserve B Reserve
Adult $69.90 $59.90
Child $64.90 $54.90
Student $64.90 $54.90
Senior $64.90 $54.90
Group (10+) $64.90 $54.90
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THE TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA
Sun 27 Jul, 2014
   02:30 PM
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was one of the greatest of the Big Bands from the 1940's and we are privileged to be presenting this all American Orchestra in a concert spectacular, featuring special guests from the USA - The Swing Sisters and Bryan Anthony, one of America's finest singers of the Frank Sinatra Songbook.

Adult A Res $89.90 B Res $79.90
Senior $79.90 Group (10+) $79.90
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FRESH OFF DA BLANE by the Laughing Samoans
Sat 09 Aug, 2014
   08:00 PM
Don't miss the premier of the latest offering from one of New Zealand's most successful live comedy acts. The Laughing Samoans duo of Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai has produced and toured a new show every year for more than a decade now, performing to packed houses throughout New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands the USA and the UK. Fresh Off Da Blane will feature all your favourite Laughing Samoans characters such as Aunty Tala, Uncle Sam, Paul and Victor, Suavai the Elvis impersonator and the ever popular children's TV programme Island Time. This is live comedy the whole family can enjoy.

Adult $25.00 to $35.00
Child $15.00 to $25.00 (1-14 years)
Student $15.00 to $25.00 (with ID)
Senior $20.00 to $30.00 (with ID)
Unwaged $20.00 to $30.00
Group $20.00 to $30.00 (Groups of 10 or more)
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ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET presents ALLEGRO
Tue 12 Aug, 2014
   07:30 PM
Allegro is a powerhouse of five dynamic ballets from leading international choreographers. Produced in the style of 2012 smash hit NYC, this exciting season will be a must-see for all lovers of dance.

Allegro Brilliante
'Everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes' - George Balanchine

Les Lutins ('The Goblins')
In Johan Kobborg's new work, two male dancers compete for the attention of a single female. Things are not what they seem following the addition of a violinist and pianist to the stage. Music will be played live for all performances by Matthew Ross (violin) and Michael Pansters (piano).

Satellites
This new piece, specially created for the RNZB by Daniel Belton, will include electronic music, animation and kinetic sculpture.

Mattress Suite
Created in 2003 by Larry Keigwin, Mattress Suite is made up of six scenes about love affairs, either on or near a mattress.

Megalopolis
Larry Keigwin fuses Broadway, club culture and the worlds of fashion and burlesque in this piece.

Adult from $37.00 to $75.00
Child from $25.00 to $45.00
Usual service and credit card fees apply


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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Fri 05 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
Sat 06 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
Sun 07 Sep, 2014
   04:00 PM
Wed 10 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
Thu 11 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
Fri 12 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
Sat 13 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
Sun 14 Sep, 2014
   04:00 PM
Wed 17 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
Thu 18 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
Fri 19 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
Sat 20 Sep, 2014
   07:30 PM
The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabits it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. Its sensational score includes "Think of Me", "Angel of Music", "Music of the Night", "All I Ask of You", "Masquerade" and the title song "Phantom of the Opera".

Adult A Res $75.00 B Res $65.00
Child (1-16 yrs) $45.00 Concession $62.00
Family (2A + 2C) A Res $180.00 B Res $160.00
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THE GRAND OLE TOPP'RY
Sun 02 Nov, 2014
   08:00 PM
Topp Twins National Tour 2014

Well-loved New Zealand entertainers Lynda and Jools Topp are taking to the road a new show that will pay homage to Country Music greats and also celebrate original Kiwi country with the next generation of all-country music stars joining them on stage.

In a show reminiscent of the Grand Ole Opry, the Topps hilarious characters the Ginghams, will host the show just as the Minnie Pearls did back in Nashville in the 1930s, but with award-winning country artists Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams also on the bill. The Grand Ole Topp'ry promises to be a very contemporary show. Other rising stars include the all-girl Johnny Cash band, The Johnny's and Wellington-based duo Eb & Sparrow.

Audiences can expect the best in country music, from rockabilly to bluegrass, comedy, gospel, and even a visitation by Country Music Hall of Famers channeled in by the Topp Twins characters.

Adult $75.00 - A Reserve
Adult $69.90 - B Reserve
Child $69.90 (16 years & below)
Student $69.90 (with ID)
Senior $69.90 (with ID)
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TUSCAN SUMMER by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Thu 20 Nov, 2014
   07:30 PM
Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville is the epitome of Italian music - it is sunny and giggly, and then soars with energy. Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is also wonderfully warm with dancing themes that won't settle. In the hands of Stephan Jackiw - described by the Washington Post as a 'talent that's off the scale' - this lyrical score will sweep you off your feet. Britten's Soirees Musicales, an orchestral arrangement of piano pieces by Rossini, are a confection of different flavours and colours. Crowning this festival of Italian sumptousness is Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 - the Italian. Composed to evoke the supreme delight in life that characterises Italians, guest conductor Junichi Hirokami brings to this symphony an unbridled optimism that shimmers and shines with every phase.

Adult $32.00 to $57.00
Child $15.00 (1-18 years old)
Concession $28.00 to $52.00 (Senior or Unwaged)
Group $27.00 to $48.00 (Groups of 8 plus)
Student Rush $15.00 (On the Day only)
Community Service Card $15.00 (On the Day only)
Plus service fees and credit card fees


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ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Wed 26 Nov, 2014
   07:30 PM
The Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge lives up to his name until one Christmas Eve he is visited by four ghosts, one a remorseful ex business partner, the others, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Following revelations of joy, warmth and life, Scrooge is also shown darkness, despair and sadness until finally his cold heart is restored to goodwill and happiness by the power of Christmas.

This production, created for Northern Ballet - a company noted for its strength in storytelling and creating works as appealing to children as they are to adults - and now seen for the first time outside the UK, is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. The setting is picture-perfect Victorian and the staging is lively and vivid. Music for the production was specially created by celebrated film and television composer Carl Davis and includes familiar Christmas carols.

Choreography: Massimo Moricone
Production Design: Lez Brotherston
Music: Carl Davis
Original Lighting: Paul Pyant

Adult from $37.00 to $88.00
Child from $25.00 to $45.00
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