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Blackadder II: The Tudor Years

When:

Sun 29 Nov 2015, 4:00pm
Wed 2 Dec 2015, 7:30pm
Thu 3 Dec 2015, 7:30pm
Fri 4 Dec 2015, 7:30pm
Sat 5 Dec 2015, 7:30pm

Where: Elmwood Auditorium, Elmwood Normal School, Aikmans Road, Merivale, Christchurch, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.75 ($30.00 + $0.75 fees)
  • Concession: $25.62 ($25.00 + $0.62 fees)
  • Group Concession: $25.62 ($25.00 + $0.62 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Canterbury Repertory Theatre's final production for 2015 is Blackadder II: The Tudor Years. Based on the classic BBC TV series, Blackadder II is set during the Elizabethan era (1558–1603).

The principal character, Edmund, Lord Blackadder, is the great-grandson of the original Black Adder, and is now a member of the London aristocracy. Unlike his forefather, he is both dashing and intelligent, although he is still scheming and cynical in his outlook.

Blackadder II follows Edmund's attempts to win the favour of the childish Queen Elizabeth I. As before he is aided, and often hindered, by two less intelligent sidekicks, his servant Baldrick, and Lord Percy Percy, heir to the Duchy of Northumberland, with whom Blackadder has a grudging friendship.

Throughout the action, Blackadder's chief rival is Lord Melchett, the Queen's pretentious and grovelling Lord Chamberlain. Melchett is himself in fear of upsetting the Queen, and thus attempts to outdo Blackadder by supporting the Queen in whatever current fad she is interested in. Comic relief in the Court is provided by the Queen's demented former nanny, Nursie.

Repertory’s 2015 Production of Blackadder II: The Tudor Years is based on the following episodes from the original BBC TV series:

"Bells": Blackadder employs a young man called "Bob" (who is actually a woman in disguise who ran away to get a legitimate job after her father suggested she become a prostitute) whom he finds himself attracted to, much to his dismay.

"Money": Blackadder is pursued by the baby-eating Bishop of Bath and Wells over an unpaid loan and is forced to formulate ingenious ways to make money.

"Chains": Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by the German Prince Ludwig, a murderous master of disguise, and held to ransom.

"Beer": With the promise of a large inheritance in mind, Blackadder attempts to impress his fanatically Puritanical aunt and uncle, while simultaneously attempting to win a drinking competition.

Please note: seating is by general admission (no seat numbers allocated).

Group booking of 10 or more - concession rate applies!

Concession prices apply to Gold Card holders, Community Service Card & KiwiAble Leisure Card holders, Full-time students (tertiary & secondary) & Under-18s. Proof of entitlement must be presented upon admission.

Special Deal! Ticket holders receive 10% discount on meals & drinks at the Brewers Arms, 177 Papanui Road, Merivale - brewersarms@clear.net.nz

Please note: The performance advertised for Friday 20 November is a Charity Gala Opening in support of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation. For information or to make a booking please contact the charity directly on (03) 353 1245 or email caroline@cmrf.org.nz .

Repertory is a non-professional community theatre organisation.

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