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Unitec 2013 Shakespeare Season - Hamlet & Comedy of Errors


Wed 12 Jun 2013, 7:00pm–8:45pm
Thu 13 Jun 2013, 7:00pm–8:45pm
Fri 14 Jun 2013, 7:00pm–8:45pm
Sat 15 Jun 2013, 2:00pm–3:45pm
Sat 15 Jun 2013, 7:00pm–8:45pm

Where: Unitec Theatre, Entry 1, 139 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland

Restrictions: R15

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Concession (Unwaged, Seniors): $10.00
  • Students: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: dejarees

Unitec Theatre presents a double treat for its 2013 Shakespeare Season.

Unitec’s talented third year students have created two companies, one company will perform the The Comedy of Errors directed by Jacqui Drew, and the other Hamlet, directed by Ben Henson. The brief to the directors is that the company reduce each plays performance time to within 80 minutes, requiring an in depth investigation, a dismantling and reassembling of the play. The results will be unexpected, and with Jacqui and Ben guiding this rigorous process, there will be more than a few surprises!

Hamlet's dad is dead. It's all bad news for him.
But if this wasn't bad enough already, his mum has married his uncle, they've cancelled his University course and his girlfriend is ignoring him. His silent protest in wearing black to the wedding isn't going down very well, and melancholy Hamlet starts to fade into the background, until his best mate comes in with the news he never expected to hear - his dad is back from the grave. And he isn’t happy.
Hamlet has been, and continues to be, the most famous drama in the English language. Vividly portraying both true and feigned madness, the play explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption. This reduced, contemporary, adaptation explores the play's core - a family in crisis.

Dates: 7,10,12,14 June 7pm & 15 June 2pm
Directed by Benjamin Henson
Performed by Unitec's third year actors
Running time: 80 minutes
Not recommended for children under 10.

Albert Walker – Hamlet
Anna Haydon - Rosencranz/Priest/Osric/Player
Cathy Evans - Marcellus/Guildenstern/Grave Digger/Player
Eloise Pengelly - Ophelia/Bernardo/Player
Kelly Gilbride - Ophelia/Bernardo/Player
Faye Rillstone – Horatio
Linda Zheng - Laertes / Player
Nicole Steven – Gertrude
Stuart Shacklock – Claudius
Toby Stewart - Lord Polonius

The Comedy of Errors
Confusion. Chaos. Comedy.

Antipholus and his servant Dromio are well known residents of the town of Ephesus. But another Antipholus and his servant Dromio have just arrived, from Syracuse...
Two sets of twins - separated at birth - come together in the same city. Shakespeare puts his signature spin on a classical comedy structure, setting the stage for a myriad of mishaps, mistaken identities and general madness. Watch the snowball of circumstances roll through Ephesus and grow to epic comic proportions.
Join Unitec's Year 3 acting students as they combine elements of commedia dell'arte, clowning and slapstick with a healthy heaping of confusion and chaos to serve up a superb Shakespearean comedy soufflé.

Dates: 8,11,13,15 June 7pm
Directed by Jacque Drew
Performed by Unitec's third year actors
Running time: 90min approx

Lori Wallace - Dromio of Ephesus
Josh Booth - Angelo/Courtezan/First Merchant
Alex Jordan – Adriana
Boni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho - Balthazar/Abyss/Officer/Dr Pinch
Tessa Jensen - Antipholus of Ephesus
Jex Moore – Luciana
Mel Bailey - Antipholus of Syracuse
Jessie Lawrence - Dromio of Syracuse
Aymee Karaitiana - Aegeon/Second Merchant
Amy Atkinson - Duke of Ephesus/Servant

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