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Joseph Kesselring's

Arsenic and Old Lace

22 Nov 2017 - 02 Dec 2017

22 November - 2 December 2017 - Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Nataliya Oryshchuk

A tall tale of mass murder, home surgery and elderberry wine!

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement.

Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene – his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp people for pleasure – but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years!

When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé – all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.

Helped along by a cast of misfits and the criminally insane, Arsenic & Old Lace is a fast-paced, vintage comedy with a killer punch line.

All shows 7.30 pm
22 Nov – 2 Dec

Elmwood Auditorium
Aikmans Road, Merivale
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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.

Group bookings of 10 or more – Concession rate applies!
Special Deal! Ticket holders receive 10% discount on meals
at the Brewers Arms, Merivale (conditions apply).

Special discount for school group bookings! (Contact us for more information)

Full Subscriber Members of Repertory & complimentary voucher holders please contact us for booking instructions.

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

Wheelchair access available.

By special arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd

Cast Abby Brewster: Erin Callanan
Martha Brewster: Karen Hallsworth
Mortimer Brewster: Lance McBride
Elaine Harper: Emma Price
Teddy Brewster: Barry Tomkinson
Jonathan Brewster: Graeme Randle
Dr. Einstein: Sydney Hogarth
Lieutenant Rooney/The Rev. Dr. Harper: Rod Turner
Officer O'Hara: Brett McPhail
Mr. Gibbs/Mr. Witherspoon: Russell Haigh
Officer Brophy: Gwilym Wogan
Officer Klein: Alisdair Muir
Mr Spenalzo (deceased): Jordon Jones
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