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Murdered to Death

Written by Peter Gordon, onstage March 20th-30th 2024

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OUR 2024 SEASON

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We’re proud to be bringing 4 great shows to Wellington audiences in 2024, including a locally written adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations: Pip – The Musical hits the stage in November! In the meantime, there is PLENTY to keep you entertained!

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MURDERED TO DEATH

Mar 20th–30th
Gryphon Theatre
directed by Jamie Byas and Oliver Mander

Wellington Repertory is proud to present this not-very-deep-and-meaningful show!

Murdered to Death, written by Peter Gordon, is a comedy spoof of the Agatha Christie ‘whodunnit’ – with a twist. The setting is 1980’s Auckland. Think shoulder pads, big hair and that quality television drama ‘Gloss‘.

This show has it all. The inept and bungling Inspector Pratt, who battles against his own incompetence to solve the murder of the house’s owner. The classic French art dealer and his sensuous companion. The ex-army bloke who loves shooting and cricket. And even the local gossip from St Heliers.

It soon becomes clear that the murderer isn’t finished yet; will the miscreant be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom or will the audience die laughing first?

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THE GOD OF CARNAGE

May 29th – Jun 8th
Gryphon Theatre
directed by Belinda Campbell
 

What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave degenerates into loaded topics of sexism, racial prejudice and homophobia.

Witness a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime? Boys will be boys, but the adults are usually worse – much worse.

Originally written in French by Yasmina Reza, The God of Carnage was translated into English by translator Christopher Hampton and has enjoyed acclaim in productions in both London and New York.

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

Aug 7th-17th
Gryphon Theatre
directed by Ewen Coleman

Wellington Repertory is proud to present this new adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles (written by Jon Jury) – as swift and clever as the famous detective himself.

A singular crime demands a singular detective, and the web of mystery surrounding Baskerville Hall is so strange that only the great Sherlock Holmes can take on the case.

A local legend of a phantom hound is easily dismissed over a cup of tea, but when Lord Baskerville is found dead beside the footprints of just such a creature and his heir receives an ominous warning, Holmes and his loyal friend Watson must discover the truth about the danger lurking on the desolate moor. When the game’s afoot and the fog rolls in, will the unflappable master of logic meet his match in the jaws of the supernatural? Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall, and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress, and escaped convicts.

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PIP: THE MUSICAL

Nov 27th – Dec 7th
Gryphon Theatre
directed byTanya Piejus, Musical Director, Saar Cohen-Ronen

Pip: The Musical is a new adaptation of Charlies Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations. It was written over a period of about 10 years by John Golder, a former and much-loved member of Wellington Repertory Theatre, before he died about 10 years ago. This classic show serves as a memorial to his memory – and will be a great night out for Wellington theatre audiences!

John wrote the book and lyrics for songs, but not music. A team of talented Wellingtonians (Katie Morton, Talia Carlisle and Tanya Piejus) have adapted the script to a musical format., with the music composed by Katie Morton and orchestrated by Phoebe Caldeiro.

This musical adaptation of Great Expectations is the story of Pip, an orphan boy adopted by his sister and her blacksmith husband. The story traces Pip’s good luck and great expectations as a result of an anonymous benefactor – and his eventual fall through his own rashness. Throughout, however, Pip learns how to find happiness, the meaning of friendship and the meaning of love.

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