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Tue 20 Jul 2021, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Wed 21 Jul 2021, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Thu 22 Jul 2021, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Fri 23 Jul 2021, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 24 Jul 2021, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: Circa Theatre

A new version by Simon Bent based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen.
Director: Ross Jolly
Starring: Jeff Kingsford-Brown, Gavin Rutherford, Bronwyn Turei, William Kircher, and Steven Ray

26 Jun – 24 Jul
Preview 25 Jun
Circa One
Tues – Thurs 6.30pm, Fri – Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm
$25 – $52

Note: $42 ‘Concession’ price (Community Services Card, Gold Card or student ID required)
Early Bird tickets available 22 April – 7 May!

Proudly sponsored by Mary and Peter Biggs Cnzm & Christopher Finlayson.

A Life-Affirming Comedy

After two years of sharing a room in a mental institution Elling and Kjell are allowed out, back into society. It’s not that they’re dangerous, they’re just a little… hopeless. Elling is too smart. Too sensitive. And, Kjell has a plan, a dream, a great ambition. He wants to lose his virginity. Preferably today.

Elling charts the bumps and stumbles as this truly odd couple make their way back into the world we take for granted. As they build friendships, become accustomed to all things ordinary and start to experience the pleasure of the everyday we share their joy as they discover the richness of life in the ‘real’ world.

Based on the cult Norwegian film and skilfully adapted by English playwright Simon Bent, Elling is a sensitive, eccentric and unsentimental play. A parable about the nature of happiness, the need to be open and how all our lives would be improved by more poetry, more sex and more pork with gravy.

‘A rare treat… the most blissfully funny and touching evening I have had in the theatre for ages’ — The Guardian

‘Elling brings hearty dollops of humour, charm and warmth’ — Stuff

‘It’s charming, quirky, touching, and laugh-out-loud funny’ — Theatre New York

Photo: Stephen A’Court. Design: Rose Miller

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