The Pied Piper of Hamilton

Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland

16/05/2009 - 24/05/2009

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details

Into a town obsessed with pies and overrun by rats, a musically strange man appears one day blowing his own trum…pie. Hilarity ensues. And kidnapping… But mostly hilarity. Come and see the kids work it out in this brand new invention from Theatre Beating – creators of some of the coolest shows ever, like The Magic Chicken, Rumplestilts and Milk

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Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 May
*See times below

Further Show Information:
Duration: 1 hour
Interval: No
Age Restriction: No
Recommended Age: 6 – 12 years
Offensive language?: No
Offensive behaviour?: No

Ticketing Information:
Service fees will apply

Adult:  $20.00* 
Child – under 15:  $15.00*

Dates & Times: 
Saturday   16th May   1.00pm & 4.00pm  
Saturday   17th May   4.00pm & 4.00pm  
Sunday      23rd May   1.00pm & 4.00pm  
Sunday      24th May   4.00pm & 4.00pm  


1hr, no interval

Extreme characters and physical tom-foolery

Review by Jessie Kollen 16th May 2009

Who likes pies?  The members of the Hamilton District Council love pies, in fact that’s all they eat, actually that’s all ANYONE ever eats in Hamilton, according to The Pied Piper of Hamilton.

Most of the audience will be familiar with the tale of the Pied Piper and this fresh take on the old story keeps all the best elements and adds some fun and games of its own.  The Pied Piper of Hamilton is part of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Comedy Season and is the follow up to previous Theatre Beating production such as Happy Hour for Miserable Children and The Magic Chicken.


Five young actors (Bernie Duncan, Lara Fischel-Chisholm, Jacob Tamaiparea, Liv Tennet and Gareth Williams) play an array of characters. With speedy costume changes behind their basic stage set, the actors become rats, city council members, pie factory workers, Hamilton’s children and even a taniwha. 

Bernie Duncan stands out as the Piper himself and a Monty Python-esque Simple Simon, as well in his pantomime-style role of the voluptuous mayor’s wife.  Jacob Tamaiparea is a very smooth rat, Lara Fischel-Chishom makes a very earnest brain-box, Liv Tennet captures her child’s character with vivid energy, and Gareth Williams will have the kids giggling (as well as himself) in his roles as the greedy Roger and Unfortunate the rat. 

There is nothing slick about this show, but that’s part of its charm.  At times the delivery was a little speedy, but it’s no easy task to maintain a balance between fast-paced comedy for kids and measured delivery of jokes.  There were plenty of laughs for the adults, in fact most of the jokes were for the adults, but the extreme characters and physical tom-foolery had the kids giggling. 

The Pied Piper of Hamilton is definitely best suited to children aged between 6 to12 and is about an hour long, just the right length.  Afterwards I talked to audience members of all ages, and they said they had enjoyed it very much.  One young man gave it a rating which I’ll pass on to you:  8/10.  I think that’s a pretty good score, don’t you?
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Barnie Duncan May 18th, 2009

 ...Barnie even, but thanks for pointin' that one out sugar

Jarrod Martin May 18th, 2009

I think You will find it's Barney Duncan.

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