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Rita and Douglas


Tue 8 Apr 2014, 6:30pm
Wed 9 Apr 2014, 6:30pm
Thu 10 Apr 2014, 8:00pm
Fri 11 Apr 2014, 8:00pm
Sat 12 Apr 2014, 8:00pm

Where: Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $46.00
  • Concessions: $38.00
  • Friends of Circa: $33.00
  • Groups 6+: $39.00
  • Groups 20+: $36.00
  • Under 25s: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: Circa Theatre

Rita and Douglas

Written by: Based on the letters of Rita Angus, adapted for stage by Dave Armstrong

Directed by: Conrad Newport
Circa One
02 April − 12 April
Presented by Armstrong Creative

A poignant love story and a stunning collaboration of theatre, music and art.

After sell-out seasons around the country, Rita and Douglas comes to Wellington. Two of New Zealand’s leading performers, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Michael Houstoun, join forces to present the words, music and images of two of our greatest cultural icons – artist Rita Angus and composer Douglas Lilburn.

Recently divorced painter Rita Angus and young composer Douglas Lilburn met in the early 1940s and had a brief but passionate affair. Living in virtual poverty and struggling with health issues, Angus went on to produce, with Lilburn’s support, an outstanding body of work.

“It is difficult to imagine a better way to appreciate the art of Rita Angus and Douglas Lilburn than this celebratory tribute in which a sharp dramatisation of their quarrelsome relationship is counterpoised with Michael Houstoun’s exquisite renditions of Lilburn’s piano works while a luminous display of Angus’ paintings appears as an enormous projection” – NZ Herald

Supported by The Estate of Rita Angus, The Lilburn Trust, Creative New Zealand and Te Papa Picture Library

Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)

No late admittance

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