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Find out what Performing Arts events are on in Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hastings, Central Hawke's Bay and Wairoa.

July 2018

Chess - The Musical

Chess - The Musical

Chess is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, formerly of ABBA. The story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Following the pattern of Jesus...

Date: Tuesday 24 July to Saturday 11 August
Where:
Tabard Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Mama Mia - Here We Go Again Movie Fundraiser

Mama Mia - Here We Go Again Movie Fundraiser

The Knowledge Bank is pleased to announce that we will be doing a movie night at Focal Point Cinema. Tickets are on sale now. Seats are limited to 120 tickets, so if you and your friends would like to come, get in quick. Contact Linda B or Rachel at the Knowledge Bank at 06 833 5333.

Date: Thursday 26 July
Where:
Focal Point Cinema, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Weber Bros Circus

Weber Bros Circus

Weber Bros Circus is back in New Zealand! After our six year world tour visiting, Australia, South Africa, Asia and Europe, Weber Bros Circus is back. Weber Bros Circus brings you an exciting new show 'Adrenaline' featuring, The Globe of Death, FMX, and the show stopping act The Human Canon!...

Date: Thursday 26 July to Sunday 5 August
Where:
Havelock North Domain, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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A Little Bit Sketchy

A Little Bit Sketchy

An irreverent and hilarious adult comedy written by local playwright Louise Bramley, A Little Bit Sketchy is essentially a sketch show with an entertaining plot line. The quality of the production, from it's staging to its talented cast makes this show a must-see! Tickets available locally...

Date: Thursday 26 July to Saturday 4 August
Where:
Wairoa Community Centre, Wairoa, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Jimi Jackson: CANCELLED

Jimi Jackson: CANCELLED

Doors open: 8pm DJ Sir-Vere - 8:30pm Jimi Jackson - 9:30pm A mixture of music, real-life, parenthood and drama - all with a twist of comedy - Jimi Jackson has amassed nearly 20 million video views and is one of the most followed video makers in New Zealand, with over 175,000 subscribed to his...

Date: Friday 27 July
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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R18
My No Good Stinkin' Loser Comedy Show

My No Good Stinkin' Loser Comedy Show

Dan Brader, who’s now making ripples in New Zealand’s fastly growing stand-up comedy scene, is taking his new show "My No Good Stinkin' Loser Comedy Show" all over NZ this year after a successful nationwide tour in 2014 with "Horrible, Horrible Human Being". You've probably gathered from...

Date: Friday 27 July
Where:
Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Hine Kihāwai

Hine Kihāwai

Taki Rua present a free te reo Māori theatre performance for the whole whānau. Hine Kihāwai may have left the world of the living, but she lives on in the memories of her children Tama and Te Aniwa. Against all odds, her tamariki fight to hold on to her teachings, her wisdom, her songs –...

Date: Saturday 28 July
Where:
Pukemokimoki Marae, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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August 2018

Chess - The Musical

Chess - The Musical

Chess is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, formerly of ABBA. The story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Following the pattern of Jesus...

Date: Tuesday 24 July to Saturday 11 August
Where:
Tabard Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Chess - The Musical


Weber Bros Circus

Weber Bros Circus

Weber Bros Circus is back in New Zealand! After our six year world tour visiting, Australia, South Africa, Asia and Europe, Weber Bros Circus is back. Weber Bros Circus brings you an exciting new show 'Adrenaline' featuring, The Globe of Death, FMX, and the show stopping act The Human Canon!...

Date: Thursday 26 July to Sunday 5 August
Where:
Havelock North Domain, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Weber Bros Circus


A Little Bit Sketchy

A Little Bit Sketchy

An irreverent and hilarious adult comedy written by local playwright Louise Bramley, A Little Bit Sketchy is essentially a sketch show with an entertaining plot line. The quality of the production, from it's staging to its talented cast makes this show a must-see! Tickets available locally...

Date: Thursday 26 July to Saturday 4 August
Where:
Wairoa Community Centre, Wairoa, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Napier Civic Choir Choral Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem

Napier Civic Choir Choral Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem

An opera disguised as religious music, Verdi’s Requiem is nothing short of a masterwork. Last staged by the Napier Civic Choir and Hawke’s Bay Orchestra in 2013, we are excited to bring this compelling music back to Hawke’s Bay audiences. Almost overwhelming in its scale and drama, this...

Date: Friday 3 August to Sunday 5 August
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Mahler's Symphony No.2 In C

Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Mahler's Symphony No.2 In C

Mahler’s second symphony—Resurrection—is monumental. Of his approach to composition, Mahler famously said, “A symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” True to form, this epic work takes on the most profound of subjects as it charts a journey across the full gamut...

Date: Saturday 4 August
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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R18
Ben Hurley: The Club Tour

Ben Hurley: The Club Tour

Ben Hurley. One of New Zealand's best loved Stand up Comics takes the real comedy club experience to 12 legendary venues around New Zealand. A big 2 hour comedy show with support from Sera Devcich and other guests.

Date: Saturday 4 August
Where:
The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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DanceNZmade Interschool Hawkes Bay Regional

DanceNZmade Interschool Hawkes Bay Regional

The region’s schools bring their best dance to the big stage in a great night of family entertainment - who will take out the title!?

Date: Monday 6 August
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Blue

Blue

Seventy percent of our planet is covered by water - 1200 million trillion liters of it! In it's depths are over 250,000 known species, with many more hidden from our view. Yet today the ocean is at a tipping point- habitat loss, overfishing, pollution and population growth threaten every...

Date: Thursday 9 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Animal Farm

Animal Farm

‘Animal Farm’ With a Twist. Napier Repertory Players Youth Production. Napier Repertory Players Inc introduces their first Youth Production, by tackling the well known classic novel "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. Young talented director Mikel O'Connell, brings his unique physical...

Date: Friday 10 August to Friday 17 August
Where:
Napier Little Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Baching At the Moon

Baching At the Moon

Join Me in the energies of the 'Super New Moon' of August, for a performance of The Six Suites for Solo Cello by J S Bach. This is a rare opportunity to hear all Six Suites performed in the beautiful atmosphere and sensitive acoustic of the historic St Paul's Church, Tennyson St,...

Date: Sunday 12 August
Where:
St Paul's Church, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Aroha Quartet: Light & Dark

Aroha Quartet: Light & Dark

In ‘Light & Dark’ the Aroha Quartet takes you on an emotional journey, exploring a wide range of moods and soundscapes. Beethoven’s sparkling and energetic String Trio No 3 is followed by the rather more sardonic String Quartet No 11 by Shostakovich. Any dark clouds are swept away by the...

Date: Tuesday 14 August
Where:
Havelock North Function Centre, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Beethoven & Brahms

Beethoven & Brahms

Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 Maestro Edo de Waart joins forces with arguably one of the finest violinists of his generation, Grammy Award winner Augustin Hadelich, to present de Waart’s third Masterworks concert for...

Date: Wednesday 15 August
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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CMNZ Presents: Ensemble Zefiro

CMNZ Presents: Ensemble Zefiro

The extraordinary colours of 17th and 18th century woodwind instruments have lent Italy’s Ensemble Zefiro a cult following. Founded by Maestri dei legni, Alfredo Bernadini and Alberto Grazzi, this period-instrument ensemble have won numerous awards including the Grand Prix du Disque and...

Date: Thursday 16 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Back From Broadway

Back From Broadway

Back from Broadway just for you… Some catchy show-tunes, old and new. From New York’s best we’ve picked a few. We hope you’ll come to love them too! Fresh from their outstanding performance in New York, the dynamic performers of Four’s Company present an unforgettable Showcase of...

Date: Thursday 16 August to Saturday 18 August
Where:
Theatre Hawke's Bay, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Beethoven: Mass in C

Beethoven: Mass in C

This concert features the music of Beethoven, including Choruses, the quartet from Fidelio and the Mass in C. Hastings Choral is joined by the Gisborne Choral Society and the Hawke’s Bay Youth Orchestra. Soloists are Catherine Macdonald (soprano), Mary-Jane Richmond (contralto), Gavin Maclean...

Date: Sunday 19 August
Where:
Lindisfarne College, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Poetry Jam

Poetry Jam

From Friday 24 August, to celebrate National Poetry Day feel free to join us for a free-for-all interactive Poetry Jam! The walls of the Small Gallery will be transformed word by word, as we invite you to write your poems in any way you choose. Be creative and imaginative, bring the whole...

Date: Friday 24 August to Thursday 6 September
Where:
Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn

Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn

“There’s a tale in my bones, fighting to be told.” Delving into the lawless outpost of 1800s Russell, Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn introduces a heroine created from the rich and vibrant true stories of New Zealand women. Maggie Flynn, a fiery and unforgettable Irish woman...

Date: Friday 24 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
National Live Poetry Day Poets - Open Mic

National Live Poetry Day Poets - Open Mic

Join the Napier Live Poets at a very special free Open Mic session to celebrate National Poetry Day! Bring your poems and enjoy readings by local Hawke’s Bay Poets. Seating and refreshments will be available. Check out Napier Live Poets on Facebook.

Date: Friday 24 August
Where:
Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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R18
Maison De Tease - Napier: CANCELLED

Maison De Tease - Napier: CANCELLED

Red Delicious Burlesque is proud to be working with the Cabana to bring you peeling, teasing and titillation to Napier in the form of Maison de Tease, a burlesque spectacular. Featuring some of New Zealand's top burlesque performers from all around the country, we will immerse your senses in the...

Date: Saturday 25 August
Where:
The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Songs & Dance Music From Renaissance Europe

Songs & Dance Music From Renaissance Europe

Steve Pickett and Campbell Lovatt are specialist performers of plucked instruments from the Old World of 16th and 17th century Europe. Joined by singer and harpist Amy Dunn, they will take you on a musical journey through Renaissance Europe and beyond. Songs and dance music from England,...

Date: Sunday 26 August
Where:
All Saints Church, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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September 2018

Free
Poetry Jam

Poetry Jam

From Friday 24 August, to celebrate National Poetry Day feel free to join us for a free-for-all interactive Poetry Jam! The walls of the Small Gallery will be transformed word by word, as we invite you to write your poems in any way you choose. Be creative and imaginative, bring the whole...

Date: Friday 24 August to Thursday 6 September
Where:
Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Poetry Jam


Free
Blossom Festival Lunchtime Concert Series

Blossom Festival Lunchtime Concert Series

St Matthew’s Anglican Church, King St Hastings has been hosting its Blossom Festival Concert Series for many years, and is once again proud to announce that this September we will be presenting free lunchtime concerts featuring talented local musicians and choirs. Thu 6/9 - Iona College Fri...

Date: Thursday 6 September to Friday 14 September
Where:
St Matthew's Anglican Church, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Celtic Illusion

Celtic Illusion

A Breathtaking Fusion of Irish Dance and Magic. The much-anticipated family event of 2018, Celtic Illusion is the biggest dance and magical illusion sensation that has taken Australian audiences by storm. The show for all ages cleverly fuses awe-inspiring contemporary Irish Dance with...

Date: Thursday 6 September
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Classical Hits

Classical Hits

Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759, ‘Unfinished’ Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 Gillian Whitehead - Turanga-nui (World Premiere) Debussy - Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture NZSO Associate Conductor...

Date: Friday 14 September
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Helen Webby

Helen Webby

Helen Webby will unpack her harp, the Concert Grand and present an intimate tour of the world of harp: Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Bach and the Baroque, to Paris and La Belle Epoque. Showcasing pieces written for Helen from her solo CD Pluck, including NZ composers Mark Smythe, Claire Cowan and...

Date: Thursday 20 September
Where:
Central Hawke's Bay Municipal Theatre, Waipawa, Central Hawke's Bay

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Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss - On Tour

Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss - On Tour

Book now to farewell the Winter blues and enjoy this heart-warming classic of Comic Opera, the ever-popular masterwork of composer Johann Strauss. Memorable catchy tunes are woven into a plot of subterfuge, mistaken identities and involuntary impersonations with hilarious consequences, amid one...

Date: Saturday 22 September
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Sheriff of Plain & Purl

The Sheriff of Plain & Purl

A hilarious musical comedy following the Jinglebob family who love to knit, a scaredy-cat sheriff and the nasty Not-So-Nice-Nellie who tries to ban knitting and takeover the town.

Date: Thursday 27 September
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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October 2018

Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. In 1957, Theodor Seuss Geisel used this formula and only 200 words to write his second children's book as Dr. Seuss. More than 50 years later, The Cat in the Hat is a much-loved children's literature classic and now a...

Date: Friday 5 October
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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CMNZ Presents: Piers Lane, Hiroshi Ikematsu & NZSQ

CMNZ Presents: Piers Lane, Hiroshi Ikematsu & NZSQ

Try googling “the ten most popular chamber music works of all time”. There are lots of lists but you’ll find Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet is on every one of them and it justly forms the centrepiece of this exquisite exploration of aquatic themes. Programmed alongside Schubert and...

Date: Sunday 7 October
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Napier Civic Choir Choral - Light Shines In the Darkness

Napier Civic Choir Choral - Light Shines In the Darkness

Arvo Part's The Beatitudes | Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aterna - Joseph Haydn Mass in Time of War - Paukenmesse. This contemplative programme with choir, soloists and orchestra, explores the beauty and power that music can offer in the darkest of circumstances. Part’s setting of The Beatitudes is...

Date: Friday 26 October to Sunday 28 October
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Beethoven Symphony No.2 - Wagner Siegfried Idyll - Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor. Don’t miss this special occasion, as we complete our long-running Beethoven symphony cycle with a performance of his delightful second symphony. We are thrilled to welcome back Helene Pohl, first...

Date: Saturday 27 October
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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November 2018

Social Climbers - A Roger Hall Comedy

Social Climbers - A Roger Hall Comedy

New Zealand’s most celebrated playwright Roger Hall pits a groups of female teachers together with a school counsellor and a reluctant daughter for a weekend of bush walking, sparkling wine and sparkling comedy! The perfect pre-Christmas party for your friends, social club and work...

Date: Sunday 25 November
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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December 2018

The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker

The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker

Christmas comes but once a year, and for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Christmas 2018 will be extra special, as we stage a national tour of The Nutcracker for the first time since 2010. Offering festive enchantment for all ages, this is a Christmas gift for all the family. Our story begins on...

Date: Saturday 1 December to Sunday 2 December
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Napier Civic Choir Choral Concert - Handel's Messiah

Napier Civic Choir Choral Concert - Handel's Messiah

In what has become a Christmas tradition for all of us, we once again revel in Handel’s enduring masterwork, Messiah. What better way to mark the festive season than with this great oratorio? Probably the most well known work in the choral repertoire, its breadth includes both intimate arias...

Date: Friday 14 December to Sunday 16 December
Where:
St Paul's Church, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Napier Civic Choir Orchestral - Beethoven Beauties

Napier Civic Choir Orchestral - Beethoven Beauties

Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Symphony No.3 in E flat major - Eroica We close the year with a feast of some of the most popular of Beethoven’s works for orchestra. The dramatic Coriolan overture sets the scene for us to welcome one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed...

Date: Saturday 15 December
Where:
St Pauls Church, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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