• My Dad’s Boy – on tour! Monday February 20th

    My Dad’s Boy is hitting the road this March! With seven stops across Otago and Southland we’re sure to be in a town near you. 7 March – Tapanui – West Otago Community Centre – Bookings: http://bit.ly/2kOKjtL 8-9 March – Invercargill – Invercargill Repertory Theatre – Bookings: http://bit.ly/2kXNgcu 10 March – Arrowtown – Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall – […]

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  • 4X4 Emerging Playwrights 2017 Thursday December 22nd

    Four new playwrights, four new plays, Fortune Theatre Studio   CALL FOR PLAYWRIGHTS Fortune Theatre’s Studio 4 x 4 Emerging Playwrights Initiative is looking for passionate, local writers with a long-term interest in writing for live theatre. There are four places for young or emerging writers, to join this project for ten weeks of development […]

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  • Theatre for Life, Life for Theatre – Fortune Theatre Summer School Monday December 19th

    Fortune Theatre, with generous support from the Dunedin Fringe and Dunedin City Council, is thrilled to present a three week summer intensive with John Bolton as part of Otago’s stunning summer offerings. The course will inspire participants to use their own stories to make theatre and use theatre to illuminate their lives. Students will explore […]

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  • 2017 Season Tickets Tuesday November 29th

    If you’re planning on coming to four or more Fortune shows in 2017, then get your hands on a season ticket! We absolutely love our season subscribers, they’re the lifeblood of the theatre, so it’s a great way to support us here at Fortune. As a subscriber you get five key benefits: Discounted tickets – […]

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  • The Mystery of Irma Vep… Late Night Show! Monday November 21st

    Join us on November 25th for a special late night performance of The Mystery of Irma Vep! The butler will greet you at the door with complimentary bubbles on arrival, plus there will be special prizes on the night for best dressed lad and lady (and maybe one for the best werewolf too). Gather up […]

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  • Dramaturg’s Note – Krapp’s Last Tape Friday September 30th

      ABOUT THE AUTHOR – SAMUEL BECKETT   Samuel Beckett was born in 1906 in Dublin to an upper-middle class, Protestant family.  He attended the same boarding school as Oscar Wilde had.  There, like many other leading English dramatists, he became fascinated with cricket (and, in Beckett’s case, rugby union and boxing).  He graduated in […]

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  • Krapp’s Last Tape Special Events Wednesday September 7th

    Backstage at the Library 22nd September In association with the Dunedin Public Library we are hosting a special evening all about the secret, backstage life of Krapp’s Last Tape. Come along for drinks and nibbles at 5:30, followed at 6pm by an insider’s look at the technical side of Krapp’s from the creatives who have […]

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  • 2016 Studio 4×4 Emerging Playwrights Initiative Thursday September 1st

    Four emerging playwrights have been developing four one act plays during a ten week workshop with award winning playwright, Victor Rodger. Come and see a staged reading of their works on 20-21 September at 7.30pm, with local professional actors and up-and-coming directors, Jordan Dickson and Regan Crummer. The Green By Emer Lyons Nobody will come between […]

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  • Christmas show announced! Wednesday August 31st

    We are delighted to announce that our end-of-year show is: The Mystery of Irma Vep By Charles Ludlam 12 November – 10 December Welcome to Fortune ‘Manor’, a grand 19th Century experience in the heart of Dunedin city. The butler will welcome you at the entrance and you will be transported back in time in […]

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  • Theatresports Finale Wednesday August 24th

    Fortune Theatre and Improsaurus present: The 2016 Fortune Theatresports Finale Thanks to everyone who supported the Theatresports teams as they battled for victory and the chance to represent Otago at the South Island finals in Christchurch. Teams from eight Dunedin and Otago high schools took part on Fortune’s mainstage on 4-5 September. The event was judged and MC’d […]

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  • 2016 Arts Festival Dunedin Friday August 5th

    Fortune is proud to be part of 2016 Arts Festival Dunedin We are once again thrilled to be hosting Arts Festival Dunedin 2016 events. View the full Arts Festival Programme. Events at Fortune Theatre: THE DEVIL’S ACRE 1-4 October | 8pm The Devil’s Half-Acre is set in the slums of gold rush era Dunedin, when […]

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  • Exclusive “meet the actor” event Thursday July 21st

    Friday, 26th August, 7.30pm $45 a ticket. Includes a free glass of pre-show bubbles or orange juice, a ticket to see Grounded and a chance to meet actor Claire Chitham. After the show, there will be an opportunity to ask Claire about her role in the play, her life and career as an actor and […]

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  • REVIEW of The Emperor’s New Clothes for The Star Wednesday July 20th

    By Brenda Harwood A packed house of children and parents escaped a miserable winter afternoon into a colourful world of high fashion, high-jinks and terrible underwear in the Fortune Theatre’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s original children’s story by New Zealand playwright Gregory Cooper, the show is a collaboration […]

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  • High School Ambassadors Over the River feedback Monday June 20th

    Fortune School Ambassadors are selected each year from local high schools to come to the theatre to meet and observe theatre professionals at work. They have the opportunity to get inside the rehearsal room to see the rehearsal process in action and talk with the actors, directors and stage managers, and the costume, set, sound […]

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  • Artistic director visits schools for workshops Monday May 23rd

    Last week, our Artistic Director Jonathon Hendry was able to sneak in some time to visit Taieri College for an extension workshop with a large group of students who had been to see Niu Sila. He is still talking about what a fun morning he had with this enthusiastic group of students, who were ready to […]

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  • Studio 4×4 2016 Friday May 13th

    Four new playwrights, four new plays at Fortune Theatre  CALL FOR PLAYWRIGHTS Fortune Theatre’s Studio 4 x 4 Young Playwrights Initiative is looking for local passionate young writers with a long-term interest in writing for live theatre. There are four places for young or emerging writers, to join this project for ten weeks of development […]

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  • Announcing the cast of Over the River and Through The Woods Friday May 13th

    We are delighted to announce the following cast members for our upcoming show, Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro. The show will be on our mainstage from 11 June – 9 July. Byron Coll will play Nick. Byron was recently the over-enthusiastic All Black fan “Tim” in the MasterCard adverts. He […]

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  • Niu Sila on tour around Otago and Southland Friday April 22nd

    After the season on Fortune’s mainstage in Dunedin, Niu Sila will be touring around towns in Otago and Southland as follows:   24 May: Oamaru Opera House. Book at the Opera House or here 26 May: Ranfurly Town Hall. Tickets from Ranfurly i-Site – call 03 262 7999 27 May: Alexandra Memorial Hall. Tickets from Alexandra […]

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  • High School Theatresports Programme Wednesday April 13th

    Fortune has launched a new Theatresports programme in collaboration with Improsaurus. On Sunday, 10 April, 60 students from eight participating high schools came to Fortune Theatre for The Big Improv Day Out, an intensive 4-hour workshop looking at many elements of Improvisation. The workshop was expertly run by six members of Improsaurus, Dunedin’s own critically acclaimed Improv Troup. […]

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  • Grounded photography with Claire Chitham Wednesday April 6th

    We were very excited to have Claire Chitham join us here last week for a photo shoot for our NZ premiere of Grounded, which will open on our mainstage on 13 August. Claire will play the lead role in Grounded, which is a powerful, poetic and moving one-woman show about a fighter pilot who is grounded when she discovers she […]

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  • Fortune Theatre General Auditions and Acting Workshops Monday April 4th

    Show us your talent! We are pleased to announce our 2016 general auditions will take place at workshops on 2 May. We are based in the heart of Dunedin, one of the world’s great small cities for arts and culture, offering the lifestyle of a much larger place in a remarkable natural setting. We’re looking […]

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  • Top 10 Winston Churchill quotes Thursday March 10th

    The UK marked the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death last year – for some he is considered the greatest Briton ever, but for others he remains a controversial figure. Here are 10 of his famous quotes: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” “I may […]

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  • Special Winston’s Birthday event with Olveston Wednesday March 9th

    We have partnered with our good friends Olveston to put together a fantastic Easter Sunday treat on March 27. Starting at 1.30pm, take a guided tour around beautiful and fascinating Olveston followed by a sumptuous Edwardian High Tea, then be swept away in the drama and comedy of the Churchill family at the 4pm performance […]

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  • Fortune Theatre launches 2016 Season Sunday December 13th

    2016 Season unveiled! The plays on offer in 2016 include two New Zealand premieres, comedy and drama from New Zealand and international playwrights, theatre of the absurd from Beckett (in conjunction with Arts Festival Dunedin), a hilarious kid’s show as part of the Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, and a surprise end-of-year show that will be announced in May 2016. […]

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  • New Artistic Director announced Thursday December 10th

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathon Hendry as our new Artistic Director. Jonathon joins us from Toi Whakaari where he held the roles of Director of Actor Training (2013-15), Head of Acting/Associate Director (2000-2013) and Head of Acting (2007-2010). Prior to this he was Head of Acting at UNITEC NZ (2004-2007). He […]

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  • Cast of Kings of the Gym announced Tuesday December 8th

    We are delighted to announce that the cast for our first show of 2016, Kings of the Gym, has been confirmed. Phil Vaughan will play Laurie Connor. Rhema Sutherland will play Annie Tupua. Jared Kirkwood will play Pat Kennedy. Lisa Warrington will play Viv Cleaver.

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