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Introducing The Real Theatre Company

Introducing The Real Theatre Company and Amadeus New professional theatre company for Auckland

Theatregoers are in for a treat when The Real Theatre Company, a new professional group based on the North Shore, launches its first season at The PumpHouse on March 1st with a production of Peter Shaffer’s thrilling play Amadeus.

The Real Theatre Company is the brainchild of well-known director, David Coddington who has directed a number of professional theatre productions in Auckland, and also co-owns and runs the South Seas Film and Television School, which he also co-founded.

Coddington has enlisted the support of a group of professional people who have volunteered their time, enthusiasm and expertise to help get The Real Theatre Company established.

“I have always wanted to be involved with a professional theatre company on the North Shore” says Coddington, “And I am delighted that this dream is about to be fulfilled. We are extremely appreciative of the support The Real Theatre Company has received from North Shore City and Creative New Zealand. Getting a new venture like this off the ground is not without its pitfalls and we hope that the local community will show its support by coming to see our plays.”

The Real Theatre Company’s first production is Amadeus. Genius, intrigue, wit, ambition and betrayal - Peter Shaffer's award-winning play has them all. Set amidst the splendour of 18th Century Vienna, Amadeus, a mix of philosophical drama and satirical comedy, tells the story of the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and court composer Antonio Salieri.

Antonio Salieri is honoured as the most famous composer in a city of musicians - that is, until the arrival of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. After hearing the “voice of God” coming from the music of an “obscene child”, the ambitious Salieri is confronted with the limitations of his own talent and embarks on a desperate course of action.

A mix of philosophical drama and satirical comedy, Amadeus has been enthusiastically received by audiences world-wide and has won playwright Peter Shaffer a string of international awards.

Salieri, the court composer, will be played by Stephen Papps who has a long list of film, television and theatre credits to his name including End of the Golden Weather, Shortland Street, Xena and Saving Grace.

Mozart will be played by Tim Raby who has been working as a professional actor for two decades both in New Zealand and abroad. He has appeared in over 40 stage productions. Credits include The Piano, Desperate Remedies, The End of the Golden Weather, Hercules, Zena, Black Beauty and Shortland Street.

Amadeus is directed by David Coddington and designed by Sarah Burren.
The Real Theatre Company’s season of Amadeus runs from March 1 – 22 at The PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna starting at 8pm. Doors will open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices are: adults $35, children under sixteen $17.50, Concessions $29.95 and block bookings (10 or more) $28. Tickets can be obtained online at mailto: or by telephoning (09) 489 8360.

The Real Theatre Company is grateful for the support of First Scene Costume and Prop Hire, More FM, Zeus Hair Design and Sierra Café Takapuna.

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