Indian Ink presents The Pickle King

A comedy about love, death and preserves

Rip the lid off a jar of utterly delicious theatre, bursting with wit, wonder and the faint whiff of death.

Sasha, the blind receptionist of the crumbling Empire Hotel, knows she is cursed – everything she loves dies. But when true love finds her, she can’t help falling. One night, Death checks into the hotel.

Belly laughs combine with throat-catching pathos to create a sophisticated modern fable that is “an intelligent and hilarious celebration of human resilience.” The Scotsman

The Pickle King is Indian Ink’s most awarded play; winning an Edinburgh Fringe First, a record seven nominations at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards and the supreme accolade – Production of the Year.

For our twentieth anniversary we’ve given this much-loved comedy a contemporary twist to tickle your taste buds. This timeless tale “offers humanity and psychological insight in a package of good plain laughs, luminous performances and brilliant staging.”  Dominion Post


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Indian Ink

The extraordinary partnership of Justin Lewis and Jacob Rajan has become one of New Zealand’s most enduring and successful touring theatre companies. Our productions such as Krishnan’s Dairy, Guru of Chai and Kiss the Fish sell out regularly throughout NZ and around the world.

We make theatre that is beautiful, funny, sad and true. We want to leave an indelible imprint on your heart – that’s why we’re called Indian Ink!

Tickets on sale

Performance schedule:

  • Thursday 24 August, 8.00pm
  • Friday 25 August, 8.00pm 
  • Saturday 26 August, 8.00pm
  • Sunday 27 August, 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 29 August, 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 30 August, 7.00pm with Q&A post-show
  • Thursday 31 August, 8.00pm
  • Friday 1 September, 8.00pm
  • Saturday 2 September, 8.00pm
  • Sunday 3 September, 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 5 September , 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 September, 7.00pm
  • Thursday 7 September , 8.00pm
  • Friday 8 September, 8.00pm
  • Saturday 9 September, 8.00pm

Performance length: approx. 2 hours and 20 mins (incl. interval)
Please note: A lockout will apply at the start of the show. This will last approx. 10-15 mins. Latecomers will be seated when appropriate.