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Queer Comedy of Errors at Bats

Press Release – Bats Theatre
Balling. Boffing. Getting laid and making love. Its all sex. And there’s so much to say about sex. After its sell-out season at Auckland’s Basement theatre, A Mulled Whine Productions is bringing screwball comedy sensation Mating in Captivity to titillate and challenge the most liberal city in Aotearoa: Wellington. Read more »

Rob Brydon at MFC next April

Press Release – Live Nation

ROB BRYDON, charming Welshman and cult comedy television superstar from hits The Trip, Gavin and Stacey and Would I Lie To You?, is bringing his brand new live show, I Am Standing Up, to New Zealand in April 2019. Read more »

Seven awards to Wellington in 48hr film contest

Press Release – HP48HOURS
We are thrilled to present the 2018 Grand National Champion Award to Chillybox (Auckland) forPepTok, a Technological Thriller about a woman living with an earpiece device that gives her pep talks throughout her day – this talented team also winning Best Director – Thomas Sainsbury and Best Performer – Kate Simmonds. Read more »

The whale has gone, so the fireworks were on schedule

News from WCC
The sky above Wellington Harbour is to explode with Matariki stars tonight as the Sky Show caps off of a series of Matariki events. Fireworks organisers are promising some new effects for tonight’s show, which was postponed last weekend by the presence of a southern right whale/tohora in the harbour. Read more »

MFC car park closing – it´s to be a temporary home for the ballet company

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council will begin construction of a temporary home for the Royal New Zealand Ballet on Monday 23 July which means the Michael Fowler Centre car park will close from 6am on Saturday 21 July. Read more »

Flying Nun tapes coming to Turnbull Library in Wellington

News from Alexander Turnbull Library
The Alexander Turnbull Library will be striking a chord with music fans this week, after Flying Nun Record’s collection of master tapes touches down safely in its protective vaults. The Turnbull Library is a part of the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington. Read more »

Wellington Zoo celebrating World Chimpanzee Day

Press Release – Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo is celebrating World Chimpanzee Day on Saturday 14 July, the anniversary of Dr Jane Goodall DBE’s arrival in what is now Gombe Stream National Park to study Chimpanzees in the wild. Wellington Zoo has a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute NZ, which has a mission of empowering people to make a difference to animals in the wild. Read more »

Rainbow Cable Car event sells out

Press Release – Queen Olivia
The Rainbow Cable Car event has sold out with 120 adults and children looking forward to a very special story-time event part of Beyond the Page (BTP), a literary festival for children during the July school holidays. Read more »

Engelbert Humperdinck at Opera House next March

Press Release – NicNak Media
The legendary Engelbert Humperdinck is bringing 50 years of hits to New Zealand early next year with his critically-acclaimed ‘The Man I Want To Be’ Tour.

Presented by MJR in partnership with APA Touring, the British ‘King of Romance’ will play three shows – Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland on Thursday, February 28, Isaac Royal Theatre in Christchurch on Saturday, March 2 and the Opera House in Wellington on Monday, March 4.

Tickets go on sale Monday July 16 at 12pm from www.mjrpresents.com

In a career that spans five decades, Humperdinck is renowned for some of the biggest, most popular anthems in music, from ‘Release Me’ and ‘Ten Guitars’ to ‘Last Waltz’ and ‘Quando,Quando, Quando’.

He has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy Award nominations, a Golden Globe and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Las Vegas Walk of Fame.

He has performed for the Queen four times, several presidents and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel.

Humperdinck – who is now in his 80s – emerged on the music scene in the 60s with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He became great friends with Elvis Presley and the two legends often performed each other’s songs. His first single in the charts was ‘Release Me’, which went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts. It was No. 1 in 11 countries.

The following decades saw Humperdinck touring the world to sell-out crowds. And even today, the legend still takes great pleasure in every moment on stage.

Humperdinck’s ‘The Man I Want To Be Tour’ takes its name from his latest album released last year, which marked his 50th anniversary in the music industry and also served as love letter to his wife Patricia of 53 years who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. The album, which is made up of original tracks and covers of contemporary songs, including Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Just the Way You Are’ has received rave reviews.

“Fifty years after his first hits and closing in on his 82nd birthday, Humperdinck has created a heartfelt album anchored in archetypal orchestrations and honest, unspoiled performances of well-chosen songs”

“Comprising 14 songs, a mix of original tracks and covers… Engelbert’s voice [is] as rich and powerful as it ever was”

Do not miss your chance to see one of the music’s greatest living legends live and performing 50 years of hits.
Engelbert Humperdinck – The Man I Want To Be 2019 tour

Thursday February 28 – Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
Saturday March 2 – Isaac Royal Theatre, Christchurch
Monday March 4 – Opera House, Wellington

On sale Monday July 16 at 12pm, tickets from:


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Odd One Out teaches children about inclusivity

Press Release – Capital E
Capital E’s new show, Odd One Out, uses non-verbal live performance and humour to tell young audiences about the importance of acceptance and inclusivity. Read more »

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