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Company Theatre Presents Popcorn by Ben Elton


Sun 20 May 2018, 4:00pm–6:30pm
Wed 23 May 2018, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Thu 24 May 2018, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Fri 25 May 2018, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Sat 26 May 2018, 8:00pm–10:30pm

Where: The Rose Centre, School Rd, Belmont, Auckland

Restrictions: R16

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $27.00
  • students 18 yrs and over & seniors: $22.00
  • high school students 16 - 18 yrs (RP16 rating): $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Levonne Sampson

Winner! 1998 Laurence Olivier Award, Best New Comedy
Winner! Barclays Theatre Award for Best New Play

Best known as writer of the BAFTA and Emmy award winning TV series “The Young Ones” and “Black Adder“ and for the Musical “We Will Rock You” Ben Elton is also an acclaimed stand up comedian, director, producer and novelist.

The themes in Ben Elton’s black comedy Popcorn are as relevant today as they were when the play was written in 1996. Sexploitation in the film industry still prevails, gun violence is worse than ever and the debate continues over who should take responsibility for the actions of the disaffected.

Bruce Delamitri makes ultra-violent,Tarantino style movies that everybody wants to be in.

Wayne and Scout are teenage psychos with guns - lots of them- which they bought legally. They kill for fun but they think they can pin the blame for their murders on Bruce because they’re huge fans of his movies:

When they interrupt Bruce’s’ night of seduction with playboy centrefold Brooke who is “actually an actress thank you very much” on the night of his Oscar win, things turn very ugly very quickly...

"First rate entertainment, funny, gripping and genuinely thought provoking." - Daily Telegraph
"This is Ben Elton at his gruesome, satirical best." - Daily Mail

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