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  • Thu 8 Jun ’17, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Fri 9 Jun ’17, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sat 10 Jun ’17, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sun 11 Jun ’17, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Tue 13 Jun ’17, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Wed 14 Jun ’17, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Thu 15 Jun ’17, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Fri 16 Jun ’17, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Sat 17 Jun ’17, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sat 17 Jun ’17, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
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Stables Theatre, Cnr Main Highway and Arthur St, Ellerslie


All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Evening: $25.00
  • Evening Concession: $23.00
  • Matinee: $18.00
  • Matinee Concession: $16.00

"Festen is an embodiment of what theatre should be." - Paul Taylor, The Independent

"Electrifying, shocking and profoundly moving... a thrilling modern tragedy." - Sunday Times (London)

Based on the award-winning Danish film ‘The Celebration’. Festen sees family and close friends gather to celebrate Helge's 60th birthday. Rocked by the recent death of his twin sister Linda, Christian, the eldest son, raises the first toast.

His shocking exposure of a dark family secret deals a staggering blow to their veneer of respectability, tolerance and discretion. Like a Greek tragedy, no character is left unaffected; no reaction predictable. Dark, explosive and powerful, this award-winning play promises to shock and enthral.

Written by Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov & Bo Hr.Hansen
In an adaption by David Eldridge Directed by David Blakey
Presented by arrangement with Nordiska ApS, Copenhagen for Ellerslie Theatrical Society Inc.

New Zealand Premiere:
Matinees Sunday 11 and Saturday 17 June at 2pm. No evening performance Sunday 11 June. No performance Monday 12 June.

Licensed bar.
The play contains challenging themes. Please call 09 525 3336 if you would like more information about the content or read about Festen on Wikipedia.

Student with ID, Senior 65+ years, Community Services card and Members. Buy 10 or more Adult tickets to one performance and pay the Concession price.

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