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Why So Serious?

12 September

After selling out his debut Australian tour in 2018, and selling out his Debut Perth Fringe Festival, Debut Adelaide Fringe Festival & Debut Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2019, Isaac Butterfield returns to the stage for his brand new hour of unfiltered and raw social observations of the society we live in today. 'Why So Serious?' explores the political correct culture of our ever so changing world - from the good, the bad and the ugly; Butterfield doesn't hold back!

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RIGOLETTO

23-31 August

A tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice, Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s most popular operas.
"Eternity Opera’s production was first rate – professional, accomplished and earnest. The cast and orchestra were excellent and four leads were exceptional. It deserved its standing ovation." Stephen Gibbs, DMS Review. Eternity Opera Company brings opera productions to Wellington audiences that can be enjoyed by everyone – from opera fans to first timers. The company’s aim is to stage productions that are exciting and accessible to everyone. The productions are sung in English, while keeping the quintessential things that makes opera great.

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POWERHOUSE

16 August

Powerhouse vocalist Ella Monnery returns to Wellington to debut her very own tribute to the defining divas of the last five decades. Experience the divas of music in a 70-minute concert that re-imagines and respects the pillars of powerhouse vocals. Icons and legends: Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Donna Summer are brought to Wellington by vocalist Ella Monnery. Featuring supporting vocalists Greer Perenara, Moana Leota and Kree McMillan. POWERHOUSE is co-produced by Ella Monnery and Ben Emerson (WITCH).

Voices of the World

1 August

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Stroma New Music Ensemble bring a rich collection of works inspired by non-Western musical traditions from around the world, including the unforgettable song cycle, Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, sung by outstanding New Zealand soprano Bianca Andrew, and the world premieres of works by Celeste Oram/Rob Thorne and John Psathas, featuring the violin of US virtuoso Keir GoGwilt and the taonga puoro of Rob Thorne and Alistair Fraser.

narukami Taiko- Journey

27 July

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Taiko is the art of Japanese ensemble drumming, evolved from ancient traditions and infused with modern jazz and cross-cultural influences.Come join us in celebrating the journey that is Narukami Taiko. From one woman's dream of unity, inclusiveness, and the desire to just play drums with friends, to Wellington’s largest performance taiko team. This concert is a celebration of our team's past, present and future. It's a showcase of the taiko spirit that reaches out and grabs you with the sound of drums.

Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

19-21 July

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As relevant, moving and madcap as the Metropolitan Opera premeire was 100 years ago. World’s collide with life-changing consequences in this double-bill of mini-masterpieces by Puccini. The operas are transported to the 1970's and set against the potent backdrop of the decade of decadence. The operas feature internationally-acclaimed opera stars Margaret Medlyn as Suor Angelica’s icy Princess and Robert Tucker in Gianni Schicchi’s devilish title role alongside students from Te Kōkī – New Zealand School of Music. Director Jon Hunter is joined by designers Sean Coyle, Glenn Ashworth and Sarah Carswell with Kenneth Young conducting the NZSM orchestra.

Threepenny Opera

22-29 June

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In a world where evil goes unpunished, money is corrupt, law is fickle and lowly souls remain on the poverty line, roams London’s most notorious criminal, Mackheath ‘Mack the Knife’. Macheath is eventually caught and taken to the gallows. Will he hang, or will society offer him an escape? This Wellington Repertory Theatre production is a play with music by Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill; based on Elisabeth Hauptmann’s translation of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. A portion of proceeds from the season were donated to the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust.

The Māori Sidesteps

13-15 June

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Starring Jamie McCaskill, Cohen Holloway, Erroll Anderson and Regan Taylor, The Māori Sidesteps present an evening of song parodies, stunning harmonies and theatrical play as they breakdown the social idioms that we are presented with in society today and deliver a fresh and enlightening perspective on what it’s like to be Māori in 2019. Using the familiar Māori Showband vehicle of the 1960’s 70’s and 80’s The Māori Sidesteps will have you in stitches as they entertain with the comedic nostalgia of Billy T James and the musicality of The Howard Morrison Quartet. part of the Kia Mau Festival 2019.

Cellfish

11 - 15 June

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A wickedly dark comedy. Eight counts of unlawful entry using imagination, five counts of reckless use of Maori mythology, four counts possession and cultivation of Shakespeare, and one count dangerous operation of a voice class. This wicked dark comedy explores the lives of a unit of hardened inmates at a men’s prison. Starring highly acclaimed actors Jason Te Kare and Carrie Green, Cellfish gives agency to the voiceless. A Taki Rua production and part of the Kia Mau Festival 2019.

Pōhutu

6-8 June

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Rāmari Rangiwhiua Morrison was born in Te Whakarewarewatanga-o-te-ope-tauā-ā-Wāhiao, Rotorua. At the age of 88, she now has Alzheimers. Whakarewarewa is situated on a double fault line and is home to Pōhutu; the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser. It is a a place of tremendous power where the natural geothermal landscape is forever re-shaping itself.Pōhutu draws parallels between Rāmari's shapeshifting mind and the restless landscape of Whakarewarewa; the whenua she was born from and will return to. Part of the Kia Mau Festival and will be a world premiere not to be missed! Performers and Choreographic Collaborators Bianca Hyslop and Rosie Tapsell. Performance Design by Rowan Pierce. Mātanga Mātauranga Māori by Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield. Part of the Kia Mau Festival 2019.

Shel We?

1-2 June

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Inspired by the works of renowned American writer Shel Silverstein, Shel We? is an invitation. An enchanting, playfully intriguing and visually stunning dance show. Award winning choreographer Tupua Tigafua is a highly accomplished dancer and one of the most ingenious storytellers of this generation. He has masterfully created his own dance style. Part of the Kia Mau Festival 2019.

Where Sea Meets Sky

30 May

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An evening of contemporary art music inspired by sea and sky. Stroma New Music Ensemble will take you on an evocative evening of chamber music evoking the sea and sky. Sometimes quiet and contemplative, other times tempestuous and stormy, Stroma performs six works from around the world that are inspired by the natural environment.

The Ultimate Drag Supershow

3 - 4 May

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The Ultimate Drag Supershow is back, back, back again and the show is bigger and better than ever!

Serving you looks for your nerves, performances to snatch your wigs and music to lip sync for your life for later! Kelly Fornia is bringing a star studded line up of Wellington's top Drag performers! This will be a 100 minute lip sync extravaganza where we'll be performing all your classic and modern drag hits that you'll want to dance in your seat too!

dance nimble soles

29 ApR

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“You’re wearing dancing shoes with nimble soles,” says Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. In Shakespeare’s plays, dance has often been part of the performance, from swordfights to jigs. So the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) is leaping into 2019 with Dance Nimble Soles. This mixed bill incorporates many dance forms, and is a true fusion of art forms.

Peter Pan

24-26 ApRil

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Take a fairy tale flight to Neverland in the swashbuckling family adventure Peter Pan as it swoops into the Hannah Playhouse for another unmissable Pantoloon production. Join our high-flying hero as he transports Wendy on an adventure she will never forget, packed full of evil pirates, Lost Kids, a very hungry crocodile and the meanest pirate in Neverland, Captain Hook! With barrel-loads of laughter, a ship-full of magic and fairy dust and plenty of fun for kids and adults alike!

Alice in Wonderland

7 & 10 April

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Falling through a rabbit hole, Alice meets magical creatures both strange and mysterious on her adventure to find her way home. Melbourne City Ballet’s Michael Pappalardo (Artistic Director) and Brendan Bradshaw (Artistic Associate)  pay homage to the well known novel by Lewis Carroll.

The Goblin Market

27 - 30 March

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The Dust Palace celebrated their 10th year with this delicious circus precariously balanced with gritty performances and candid storytelling. Spring-boarding from Christina Rossetti’s iconic poem ‘Goblin Market’, the show is a contemporary circus retelling following two sisters, their temptation, sacrifice and eventual salvation.

Black Dog

18-22 March

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Black Dog is a story of friendship and love, based on the best-selling illustrated book by New Zealander Pamela Allen. Christina and Black Dog live together in a little cottage on the edge of a forest. Black Dog is left more and more on his own as Christina becomes fascinated with a beautiful bird that she only thought she could see. A beautiful story about the love of a dog for his best friend. Part of the Capital E National Arts Festival.

Swamp Juice

9 - 16 March

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Bickering snails, neurotic snakes and a cranky man chasing a bird: welcome to a swamp like no other! Using shadow puppets made from bits of rubbish, Bunk Puppets creates a gurgling adventure about life in a swamp with a spell-binding 3D shadow puppet finale. Watch out for the jellyfish! An award-winning show that has warmed critics and delighted audiences around the world. Part of the Capital E National Arts Festival.

Stack That Bass

6 - 7 March

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Stack That Bass is the bass-heavy circus brain child of four acrobatic friends from Aotearoa New Zealand. With a live DJ, slick comedy infused with acrobatic antics, nail-biting chair balance, explosive juggling and gut-wrenching aerial beauty, Stack That Bass, by Tibia Acrobatics is a celebration; it is the anticipation before the beat drops, it is the leap of faith and it is the euphoria of success - leaving the audience higher than the DJ! Stack That Bass is a kiwi-as devised circus and live electronic music mashup featuring original music from Ed Zuccollo (Trinity Roots/Rhian Sheehan/Zuke) and creative facilitation from Geoff Gilson (The Dust Palace).

The Burlesque Masquerade Ball

2 March

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10th Anniversary Ball! Top talent and a live band... The annual Burlesque Masquerade Ball showcases top talent from around New Zealand and internationally in one action packed night. A high-class revue bringing you a wide variety of talented performances such as burlesque, circus, cabaret, dance troupes, salsa, comedy and more! There are amazing prizes for Best Dressed, there will be a live band playing so guests can dance at the ball. Dust off your ball gowns and tuxedos, this will be a night to remember!

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