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Opening 2 Sep 2014 at TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs [Auckland]
SHORT + SWEET 2014 Theatre WEEK TWO
Short+Sweet Theatre starts with a call through the SHORT + SWEET website for entries where we ask playwrights and independent theatre to submit proposals and scripts. At the same time we also ask directors and actors to apply to be involved. We take on-line submissions from anyone keen to be involved. [more]

Opening 2 Sep 2014 at Various venues - on tour [New Zealand wide]
Beauty and the Bro – Mel Parsons and James Nokise
Take an acclaimed folk singer and a celebrated Samoan/Welsh comic, and be rewarded with an evening of music and comedy like no other. Mel Parsons and James Nokise combine their considerable talents to bring you their intimate live cabaret show, ‘Beauty and the Bro’. [more]

Opening 2 Sep 2014 at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave [Auckland]
The Basement
Hubbub – (noun) A chaotic din caused by a crowd of people. Every street in Auckland is swarming with stories. Pack your own and hop on a different sort of bus at Hubbub - a play about this city and its people. [more]

Opening 2 Sep 2014 at The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave [Auckland]
HUBBUB
Hubbub – (noun) A chaotic din caused by a crowd of people. Every street in Auckland is swarming with stories. Pack your own and hop on a different sort of bus at Hubbub - a play about this city and its people. [more]

Opening 3 Sep 2014 at Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna [Auckland]
OKLAHOMA!
Dancing with the Stars star Stefano Olivieri -- dancer, singer, choreographer and actor -- will play the role of Will Parker. Olivieri was adopted by New Zealand during his three seasons on Dancing with the Stars, partnering Suzanne Paul, Tempara George and Geraldine Brophy and is delighted to be returning to the country he considers his second home. [more]

Opening 3 Sep 2014 at Playhouse, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts [Hamilton]
THE ELEPHANT MAN
This award-winning play offers an intense look at John Merrick (Richard Homan), a physically deformed Londoner of the late 1880s. It is now believed he suffered from Proteus Syndrome. Intense and sensitive, Merrick strives to be normal, even as he is viewed as a carnival freak and later a scientific celebrity by London's socialites. [more]

Opening 4 Sep 2014 at 109 Dixon Street [Wellington]
THE MOUNTEBANK
You are invited to a party. A party in the conference room of The Mountebank Hotel. There are several other guests attending, each unaware of the identity of the host who has brought them together. The party is explicitly formal dress. A formal dress party, but make sure you wear comfortable shoes: you may get taken for a ride. [more]

Photo by Andrew Malmo
Opening 5 Sep 2014 at Prefab Hall, 14 Jessie Street (access also from Vivian St) [Wellington]
MAMIL: Middle Aged Man In Lycra
MARK HADLOW TRANSFORMS FROM SNAG TO MAMIL! Formerly a Sensitive New Age Guy (SNAG) in the 90s, one of New Zealand’s most beloved actors, Mark Hadlow, is a little older but his character none the wiser as he returns to the stage as the most polarising of species - a middle aged man in lycra. [more]

Opening 5 Sep 2014 at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon [Wellington]
MARX IN SOHO – a Play on History
Anya Tate-Manning channels the spirit of Karl Marx in this New Zealand premiere of Howard Zinn’s celebrated play Marx in Soho. Described as ‘hilarious and informative’ by Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, Marx in Soho sees Marx return, one hundred and fifty years later, to try and clear his name. [more]

Opening 6 Sep 2014 at Maidment [Auckland]
TREES BENEATH THE LAKE
Playing at Auckland's Maidment Theatre from 4 to 27 September and starring well-known actors Michael Hurst, Theresa Healey and Catherine Wilkin, Trees Beneath The Lake is set in present day Central Otago as financial wizard William Campbell (Hurst) returns to his family home to salvage his golden reputation. [more]
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