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Mon 19 Mar 2007–Sun 1 Apr 2007

Where: Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

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Listed by: Amy Saunders


Auckland Festival, AK07

"a work of genius" Sunday Independent
Harold Pinter's masterpiece where everything exists in a precarious and volatile balance

In the mercurial world of The Homecoming, spiritual dislocation and the treachery of memory are explored in the living room of a lower middle class English family.

The Homecoming is widely regarded as Harold Pinter's masterpiece - his most forceful and far-reaching play, and one which audiences and critics are still arguing about. Forty years since its premiere, it remains profoundly shocking.

Auckland theatre company (potent pause) PRODUCTIONS celebrates it's tenth season with this production of The HOMECOMING. Producers Michael Lawrence and Mary Cornish have had a long held dream to present the play since they formed the company in 2001, sharing a passion for the Nobel Prize winning author's works.

"Everything aligned for The HOMECOMING to finally get the green light, and it is hugely rewarding for us to get endorsed by STAMP, and be part of Auckland Festival, AKO7. The festival context is perfect for this play - it's funny, riveting, dark, provocative, curious, sexy and masterful - what more could you want from a night at the theatre?" enthuses Cornish.

Co -producer and actor Michael Lawrence has inhabited several Pinter characters - the most recent in Ashes to Ashes at the Maidment Studio. The company has already earned accolades for their two previous Pinter productions - Old Times and The Caretaker.

The Cast
Currently living in Sydney, ex Auckland actor Lisa Chappell (McCleod's Daughters) has her own homecoming to play Ruth, one of theatre's most enigmatic and intriguing female roles, and the only female in the cast. Since leaving McCleod's Daughters, Chappell has been focusing on song writing and recording, releasing her first album last year.

Other cast includes veteran Auckland actors David Aston, Ross Duncan, and Michael Lawrence; Wellingtonion Eddie Campbell and newcomer Sam Walsh. John Parker designs and Paul Gittins directs.

Presented by (potent pause) PRODUCTIONS
in association with STAMP and Auckland Festival AKO7

Venue: Herald Theatre
Dates: 20th March - 1st April, preview 19th March
Tickets: $30 -$39
Times: Mon - Sat 8pm, Matinees on Wed 28th/ Sat 31st @ 2pm, Sun 4pm

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