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written and performed by David Ladderman
produced by Lizzie Tollemache
presented by You Rung?


at Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch
17 Feb 2013

The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 27 Apr 2013 to 4 May 2013

BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
From 15 May 2013 to 18 May 2013

Tea Cup Tent, BUSKER PARK, North Hagley Park, Christchurch
From 16 Jan 2014 to 25 Jan 2014

Medici Court, Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton
From 17 Feb 2014 to 19 Feb 2014

Reviewed by:  Erin HarringtonStephen AustinMatt Baker (TheatreScenes - the Auckland Theatre Blog); John SmytheElizabeth O’ConnorGail Pittaway;


Strap on your codpiece – Christchurch carnie David Ladderman flips centuries of high culture into a bawdy joyride of sword fights, eye gouging and Elizabethan cussing.

Battle of the Bastards slashes its way through the subplot of King Lear. Going straight for the jugular, leaving the flowery bits for the academics, this is tragi-comedy for the masses.. On writing the solo show, Ladderman says, “I basically just wanted an excuse to play a cartoon villain and then beat myself up”. Sure it's Shakespeare… But not as we know it.

David Ladderman: Actor, busker, carnie. Best known to some for his work with the Loons     Circus Theatre Company (The Butler, Hanussen: The Palace of Burlesque). To others as a world famous busker. Well… in Edinburgh anyway. Red carpet entertainer for The Hobbit World Premier, circus performer in the NBR New Zealand Opera and comic relief for The Court Theatre, David Ladderman has been mashing up high brow with low brow for eons.

"Spellbinding performance from someone who knows how to work the crowd to perfection... refreshing brilliant fun.” –Nelson Mail

 Court Theatre FUNDRAISER 
Comedy, circus and Shakespeare collide in a fundraiser like no other!
Sunday 17th February, 7pm
Tickets: $20 

Dates:  27 April – 4 May, 7pm
Venue:  The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, City
Tickets:  Adults $20, Conc. $15
Bookings:  0800 TICKETEK or  

Dates:  15 May – 18 May, 9:30pm
Venue:  BATS Theatre, Cnr Cuba Mall and Dixon Street, City
Tickets:  Adults $18, Conc. $13
Bookings:  04 802 4175 or


17-25 Jan 
9.30pm, 60 mins

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2014 
When:  Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 February 2014 @ 9:30pm
Tuesday 18 February & Wednesday 19 February 2014 @ 1:00pm 
Where:  Medici Court 
Wet Venue:  Piazza 
Tickets:  $20 
Genre:  Theatre 
Duration:  60 minutes 

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