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The Court Jesters

[Fri & Sat only]

at Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch
From 10 Feb 2012 to 3 Mar 2012

Reviewed by:  Erin Harrington;


SCARED SCRIPTLESS is back – back to late nights and back at The Court Theatre. From February 10th Christchurch's iconic improvised comedy show will be performed at the new Court Theatre in Addington, with shows at 10:15pm every Friday and Saturday night.

First staged at The Court Theatre in 1990, SCARED SCRIPTLESS is New Zealand's longest-running improvised comedy show. Following the 2011 February 22 earthquake (and subsequent closure of the Arts Centre), The Court Jesters have performed SCARED SCRIPTLESS at several locations: from a marquee at the University of Canterbury car park to the Heaton Intermediate theatre. The Jesters are excited about resuming performances at The Court's new theatre. “While it was great to hire seven other sites between March and December, there's truly no place like home,” says Court Jesters Manager Kirsty Gillespie.

Artistic Director of The Court Theatre, Ross Gumbley, is proud that the Jesters “led the charge” to resume regular entertainment for the people ofChristchurch, and “after a year in the wilderness, Scriptless is finally back where it belongs.” 

Gillespie hails the new Court Theatre as “a wonderful, purpose-built space to perform in - plus we'll be able to accommodate even more people who appreciate the thrill and skill of improvised theatre. The added bonus in returning to a late-night time slot is that if the content gets a bit naughty at times then we don't need to censor in the same way that we would at 8pm.”

For the opening weekend, “card ninja” and former Court Jester Javier Jarquin (currently in Christchurch as part of the Buskers' Festival) will be performing in both Friday and Saturday's shows. Jarquin is “honoured” to be returning to the show that launched his comedy career and being a part of the first Scriptless performances at the new Court Theatre.

As part of the homecoming celebrations, all tickets to SCARED SCRIPTLESS are $12 for the month of February.


When:  Every Friday and Saturday at 10:15pm from 10 February to 3 March 2012

Where:  The Court Theatre - Bernard St, Addington (off Hagley Park end of Lincoln Rd)

Ticket Costs:  All tickets $12 in February; regular ticket prices (March onwards) $16 adults and $14 students (with ID). Groups of 10+ $14.

Bookings:  Ph 963 0870 | Web | Door sales available