3-7 April

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Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. A provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck,starring Natalie Yatsina; Shivneel Singh; and Annica Lewis.

Jim Gaffigan Live!

28 March 

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Jim performs his biggest ever Australasian stand-up tour and debut New Zealand shows. Known around the world for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life; Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show, Flight of the Conchords, Portlandia, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bored to Death), is a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two times New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five.

Eating the wolf

21-25 March

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A mythic comedy with bite! Fairy tale meets feminism - Red Riding Hood is on her way to her grandma's house... The wolf gets there first, keen for a snack... He knocks on Grandma's door… he comes to her bedside... he opens his mouth... What could possibly go wrong? 

Written by award winning playwright Sarah Delahunty with music composed by young up and coming musicians. Director:Sarah Delahunty. Musical Director: Justin Pearce.  

mechanical ballet

16-17 March

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Drums that strike themselves. Loudspeakers that pivot and pirouette. Pianos whose keys tap dance ghostly toccatas. Welcome to a brave new world of mechatronic music, where self-playing instruments rule. Experience the wonder as a crowd of mechatronic loudspeakers and percussion instruments come to life – created by Wellington-based musicians/engineers Jim Murphy, Bridget Johnson and David Downes. They keep pace with percussionists from leading Kiwi new music ensemble Stroma and top New Zealand pianists Sarah Watkins and Stephen De Pledge. This concert of virtuosic proportions features two seminal works by US minimalist icon Steve Reich, Drumming Part 1 and Piano Phase, as well as world premieres of works by composers Bridget Johnson, David Downes and Michael Norris. 

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

7-11 March

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Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela Polataivao and a cast of six powerful Pasefika actresses. Through her vivid, compelling and at times hilarious characters, Avia paints a deeply personal view of Pacific Island life and its sometimes uneasy collisions with the Kiwi way. Heart-stopping and unmissable theatre. Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival and FCC

Bless The Child

28 Feb - 4 Mar

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Who took the life of baby Aria? A child has died and Shardae, mother of the child, is held guilty until proven otherwise. Power-hungry lawyer, Khan Te Ahi Richards, is reluctantly dragged in to defend the mother as the whānau close ranks. Challenging and thought-provoking, this is a story of life and death, good versus evil. In an unflinching look at our society through a Māori lens, it uncovers the truth of our shared humanity – to protect the child. Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival and Tawata Productions

One Day More!

28 January

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A musical fundraiser for the Sarah Delahunty/Justin Pearce production of 'Eating the Wolf' showcasing young Wellington talent. Into the Woods will play the Hannah Playhouse in March 2018. Combining young performers and experienced directors to create a musical and theatrical experience for all ages. This fundraising performance will be held in the Hannah Bar, on level 1.