1 – 11 August: Breaking Up is Hard to Do, a musical featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka; directed by Sandy Brewer
Breaking Up is Hard to Do transports us to the Catskills in New York for a whirlwind romantic comedy jukebox musical that tells an original story backed by popular songs, which will make you leave with a smile on your face and the songs stuck in your head.
It’s summer 1960 at Esther’s Paradise resort on what should have been Marge’s honeymoon – instead she’s there with best friend Lois trying to forget the most humiliating day of her life. Lois hatches a plan to cheer her friend up, by convincing resident singer Del to take an interest in her and to let the pair of them join him as backing singers on their final evening. Immediately smitten with heartthrob Del, Marge doesn’t notice the attention of his clumsy but sweet-natured cousin Gabe. But with the looming presence of a TV talent scout, will the new-found happiness (and old family secrets) survive the pressure?
November: Mike Poulton’s adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, directed by Ewen Coleman and Andrew Goddard.
This double-bill production will be a joint initiative with Stagecraft Theatre to present the New Zealand premier of Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies. More information to come – watch this space!