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Media Alerts March 2008

Media Alerts March 2008

Brooke Williams.
Photo: John McDermott
Brooke Williams. Photo: John McDermott

Monday March 3, 2008



Brooke Williams has been cast in the role of Molly Rivers in Joanna Murray-Smith’s hilarious comedy, FEMALE OF THE SPECIES. In a scenario inspired by a real life incident endured by Germaine Greer, Molly bursts into the fashionably famous feminist author Margo Mason’s (Elizabeth Hawthorne) country home and holds her hostage at gun point.

Williams made her debut with Auckland Theatre Company came in THE CRUCIBLE where she was acclaimed by audiences and critics a like for her portrayal of Mary Warren. She was last seen on stage with ATC in THE PILLOWMAN.

Venue: Maidment Theatre
Dates: May 1 – 24
Bookings: Maidment, 308 2383


Johnny Bright and Sophie Henderson have been cast as the young parents in Roger Hall and Pip Hall’s WHO NEEDS SLEEP ANYWAY? The two young singer/actors will make their Auckland Theatre Company debuts with the show.

Venue: SKYCITY Theatre
Dates: June 5 - 28
Bookings: Ticketek, 0800 Ticketek

BLACKBIRD casting:

Michael Hurst has been cast in the role of Ray in David Harrower’s BLACKBIRD. Hurst is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated actors and in 2005 became a Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre. Most recently Hurst has appeared in Auckland Theatre Company’s productions of GOLDIE, THE DUCHESS OF MALFI and THE PILLOWMAN.

Venue: Maidment Theatre
Dates: September 4 – 27
Bookings: Maidment, 308 2383

Education and Literary

School matinees full:

All school matinees for Auckland Theatre Company shows are now sold out. Schools wishing to bring groups to Auckland Theatre Company shows should contact Lynne Cardy, lynne[at], to arrange seats for an evening performance.


ATC Literary Unit has announced the first play reading for 2008.

Author: Ellie Smith
Date: Wednesday April 13
Venue: Pioneer Women’s Hall

ATC Literary Unit actively nurtures New Zealand playwrights and their work, seeking out the best and brightest new scripts and testing their mettle in rehearsed readings and semi-staged workshop productions.

Auckland Theatre Company’s playreadings have grown in popularity, attracting near capacity audiences, as subscribers and public alike have caught on to the fun and value of seeing new plays at their earliest stages (and offering useful feedback).

A new play every month? Free? Ssh, don’t tell anyone!


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