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The Butler Dresses Again


Wed 24 Jan 2018, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Thu 25 Jan 2018, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 26 Jan 2018, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 27 Jan 2018, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sun 28 Jan 2018, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Lyttelton Arts Factory, 34 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Restrictions: R15

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $45.00
  • Concession (Senior/Unwaged/Tertiary Student): $35.00
  • Concession (High School Student - recommended 15+): $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Darryl Cribb

If you saw the original Butler you’ll recognise The Butler Dresses Again and at the same time you won’t. It’s still funny and sexy and wrong. It’s still like nothing else.

The butler presides over a dinner party in nowhere. The guests blow in on the wind and have no idea who they are, why they’re there or what the rules are. So they make it up as they go. The result is cruel, comic, pointless and entirely recognisable.

The Butler began life in 2006 as a showcase for circus students. It morphed into a piece of professional circus theatre. We staged it to sell-out crowds in Lyttelton. We took it on tour around New Zealand.

We took it on tour to London. At every stage it got reworked. In 2015 we rewrote it without most of the circus elements and put it on in Hull in the north of England. Here’s what they had to say about it in Hull.

"What a genius production. So funny, intriguing and sexy and bonkers. I didn’t want it to end."
"Laughed till I cried. (Don’t take the kids.)"
"Bold, hilarious, sharply observational, surreal and deliciously bawdy."
"My face hurts from laughing."

And overheard in the ladies’ toilets during the interval: "I’ve never seen anything like it. Even my dreams aren’t as weird as this."

And this is the show we’re now staging at LAF, the Lyttelton Arts Factory.