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HLT 2022 Season

  • HLT Presents

    Hilda's Yard

    Directed by Penel Keegan

    Season: Nov 12 to Dec 3, 2022, 8pm
    Matinees: Nov 13 & 20, 2022, 2pm

    Hilda's Yard
    One ordinary family,
    one extraordinary day
    How unbreakable are the ties that bind a family together? It’s the swinging 60s, and happy empty-nesters Sam and Hilda are finally enjoying life on their own. But their peaceful home turns to chaos when their unemployed son and newly-single daughter return for an unexpected stay. Can these traditional parents and far-out children bridge the generational divide? A heart-warming and hilarious look back in time.  StarringJo Crichton (Hilda Fluck), Mark Bishop (Sam Fluck), Georgina Malzard (Janey Fluck), Stephanie O’Connor (Bobbi Jakes), Arthur Young (Beverly Woytowich), Josh Tanner (Gary Fluck). The programme for this production is available online  - visit PROGRAMME - Hilda's Yard 2022. ATTENDING EVENTS...

HLT 2023 Season

  • HLT Presents

    Home, I'm Darling

    Directed by Carleena Walsh

    Season: Feb 25 to March 18, 8pm
    Matinees: Feb 26 & March 5, 2pm

    Home, I'm Darling
    Sex, cake and the
    perfect 1950s housewife
    Judy is the perfect 50s housewife. Her appearance, home and cooking are all true to the era. She’s the perfect homemaker to husband Johnny, preparing soft-boiled eggs for breakfast, mixing cocktails and dancing in the evenings. The only problem is it’s not the 1950s, it’s now, and being a domestic goddess isn’t as easy as it looks... A community theatre production of Home, I’m Darling by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd and New Zealand Play Bureau Ltd 
  • HLT Presents

    The Book Club Play

    Directed by Deb Lind

    Season: May 6 to 27, 2023
    Matinees: May 7 & 14, 2pm

    The Book Club Play
    Life, love and
    literature collide
    A hit comedy about books and the people who love them. When the members of a book club become the subjects of a documentary and accept a provocative new member, their long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. This delightful new play is about life, love, literature and the side-splitting results after friends start reading between the lines. Single Ticket Prices Adult: $32 Concessions: for seniors aged 65+: $29 (with proof of concession) Equity New Zealand members: $29 (with membership ID) Groups of 10+: $28 Members: $28 Students (with ID): $18 Playwright's Passport (available to Playmarket’s playwright clients): free available ticket from the box office on the day or night of the performance (with membership card and photo...
  • HLT Presents

    A Murder is Announced

    Directed by Matthew Cousins

    Season: July 8 to 29, 8pm
    Matinees: July 9 & 16, 2pm

    A Murder is Announced
    Miss Marple, are you there?
    In Agatha Christie’s most ingenious murder mystery, the villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Jane Marple, are perplexed by an advertisement in the local gazette that reads: “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30pm. A crowd begins to gather at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out…A community theatre production of A Murder Is Announced by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd and New Zealand Play Bureau Ltd.  
  • HLT Presents

    Wait Until Dark

    Directed by Carlos Lehmann

    Season: Sept 9 to 30, 8pm
    Matinees: Sept 10 & 17, 2pm

    Wait Until Dark
    Shines a light on the
    power of darkness
    In this adaptation of the 1966 classic, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is terrorised by a trio of men in her apartment in Greenwich Village in 1944. As the climax builds, Susan discovers her blindness might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this thriller’s chilling conclusion.By arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 
  • HLT Presents

    Old Love

    Directed by Tracey Holdsworth

    Season: Nov 11 to Dec 2, 8pm
    Matinees: Nov 12 & 19, 2pm

    Old Love
    Broken hearts
    and second chances
    A story of courtship, rekindled romance and the indomitability of hope, Old Love spans three decades, and half-a-dozen meetings between Bud, a salesman, and Molly, his boss’s wife. One of them is smitten from the first, the other less so. Another hit from Canada’s Norm Foster, this clever and witty heartwarming journey celebrates the never-ending pursuit of love – old and new. 

HLT Studio 2023 Season

  • HLT Studio Presents

    Precious Little

    Directed by Phillippa Hibbs

    Season: May 31 to June 3, 2023, 8pm
    Matinees: June 3, 2pm

    Precious Little
    Love, language, memory
    and impossible decisions
    Brodie, a gifted linguist, learns unsettling news about the baby she carries. Unable to get comfort from her girlfriend, she finds it in the two least likely sources imaginable: the elderly speaker of a vanishing language … and a gorilla at the zoo. A crisp, fast-moving, tough-minded story about love, language, memory, and impossible decisions. Madeleine George’s insightfully humane story shines a light on the way we connect with others, and the vulnerability we all face when there are no easy answers left. Adult content. By arrangement with Samuel French and Play Bureau.Running time: 90 minutes. HLT Studio ticketsAdult: $22Concessions and students: $18For...
  • HLT Studio Presents

    Howick Little Plays


    Season: Oct 4 to 7, 2023
    Matinees: Oct 7, 2pm, 2023

    Howick Little Plays
    A series of very short
    award-winning plays
    An eclectic mix of perfectly formed short plays celebrating invention and imagination. Our inaugural year showcases the best of global, NZ and local award-winning plays and playwrights. Bringing together new and experienced directors, actors and crew, we present a smorgasbord of 10-minute plays. Many are funny, some downright hilarious, some poignant....there’s something for everyone! The plays being performed will be:'Driving Mr. Diddy', by Mandy Bannon 'Menage a Trois (1000 feet)’, by David Evans ‘Lifetime', by Angie Farrow 'Conceited Council Consents’, by Myles Lind 'The Power of the Sandwich', by Grahame Maclean ‘Sorry', by Emma Pitt 'Beer Window’ and 'Two Woofs for Yes’, by Neil Walden By arrangement with Pint-sized...

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  • Hilda's Yard

    Season: Nov 12 to Dec 3, 2022, 8pm
    Matinees: Nov 13 & 20, 2022, 2pm

    How unbreakable are the ties that bind a family together? It’s the swinging 60s, and happy empty-nesters Sam and Hilda are finally enjoying life on their own. But their peaceful home turns to chaos when their unemployed son and newly-single daughter return for an unexpected stay. Can these traditional parents and far-out children bridge the generational divide? A heart-warming and... Read more…
  • Home, I'm Darling

    Season: Feb 25 to March 18, 8pm
    Matinees: Feb 26 & March 5, 2pm

    Judy is the perfect 50s housewife. Her appearance, home and cooking are all true to the era. She’s the perfect homemaker to husband Johnny, preparing soft-boiled eggs for breakfast, mixing cocktails and dancing in the evenings. The only problem is it’s not the 1950s, it’s now, and being a domestic goddess isn’t as easy as it looks... A community theatre... Read more…
  • The Book Club Play

    Season: May 6 to 27, 2023
    Matinees: May 7 & 14, 2pm

    A hit comedy about books and the people who love them. When the members of a book club become the subjects of a documentary and accept a provocative new member, their long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. This delightful new play is about life, love, literature and the side-splitting results after friends start reading between the lines. Single Ticket Prices Adult:... Read more…
  • Precious Little

    Season: May 31 to June 3, 2023, 8pm
    Matinees: June 3, 2pm

    Brodie, a gifted linguist, learns unsettling news about the baby she carries. Unable to get comfort from her girlfriend, she finds it in the two least likely sources imaginable: the elderly speaker of a vanishing language … and a gorilla at the zoo. A crisp, fast-moving, tough-minded story about love, language, memory, and impossible decisions. Madeleine George’s insightfully humane story... Read more…
  • A Murder is Announced

    Season: July 8 to 29, 8pm
    Matinees: July 9 & 16, 2pm

    In Agatha Christie’s most ingenious murder mystery, the villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Jane Marple, are perplexed by an advertisement in the local gazette that reads: “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30pm. A crowd begins to gather at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out… A... Read more…