ITR Newsletter April 2013 – “Avenues, Steel, Concrete & Archaeology!”
In this newsletter issue:
Easter is over and so sadly is daylight savings… those winter evenings will be closing in soon and our dedicated troop of building contractors will soon be changing their shorts and t-shirts for gloves and thermals..! Lots of interesting stuff to tell you as usual on the progress of the rebuild plus some TV footage of the ‘inside’ deconstructed ITR as well as a visit from UK Theatre and TV celebrity Tony Robinson (Time Team, Blackadder, etc) has ensured that even though there aren’t too many performances at the ITR, there is still a lot of action!! Read on…
Showbiz “Avenue Q” – SPECIAL OFFER
Normally around this time of year we’d be in the middle of a spectacular season of musical theatre from our close friends and colleagues SHOWBIZ Christchurch at the ITR, but as the rebuild footage and photos on the website regularly show, we’re a bit of a way off being able to do that yet! This time next year however we very much hope to be setting up another Showbiz extravaganza in the newly opened ITR.
This year though Showbiz Christchurch are pleased to announce their limited season of the Broadway smash hit musical comedy, “Avenue Q” at the Aurora Centre at Burnside High School WITH some special discounts for ITR’s Royal Friends! Winner of the TONY® “TRIPLE CROWN” Award for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK, “AVENUE Q” is a colourful musical journey where both puppets and people tell the story of Princeton a newly college Graduate anxious to discover his purpose in life. It’s part flesh, part felt but totally packed with heart!
“Avenue Q” is a laugh out loud musical – ‘Sesame Street’ for grownups, with its broad minded puppets reminding us that “It Sucks to be Me!”
A very limited season runs from April 24th – May 4th at The Aurora Centre and ITR Royal Friends are offered an additional discount price of just $40 per ticket for the performances on Friday, April 26th at 7.30pm or Saturday April 27th at 7.30pm ONLY. This Royal Friends offer is limited to 100 seats per performance only – so book now!
For more information go to www.showbiz.org.nz or DASH ticket outlets. (Please use promotional code TRFRIEND to book)
TV3 News takes a look “inside the outside” at the ITR
Last month Hamish Clark from TV3 News filmed a special report for the national 6pm TV News which gave viewers the first real glimpse ‘inside’ the deconstructed Isaac Theatre Royal… Now that all the deconstruction is finally completed with are excited to update that EVERYTHING moves upwards from here towards our planned reopening in 2nd quarter of 2014…
There are also some up-to-date photos on the ITR website. For the meantime though, take a stroll with TV3 through the ITR building site.
Tony Robinson “Time Walks” through the ITR
Renowned around the world for his excellent archaeology focused UK TV shows “Time Team” and “The Worst Jobs in History”, but also much-loved for his portrayal of Rowan Atkinson’s ill-treated sidekick “Baldrick” in the BBC TV comedy “Blackadder”, TONY ROBINSON visited Christchurch this week to film an episode of his new Antipodean TV show “Tony Robinson’s Time Walks”.
A couple of months ago a major archaeological ‘find’ was unearthed backstage at the ITR during the excavation for new piling foundations. The haul of 19th century artefacts caught the eye of Tony and his production team in Australia and being a keen supporter of Theatre restoration worldwide (including working with Sir Ian McKellen on helping save various Theatres in the UK) they delved into the history of our Grand Old Lady and filmed a special piece for their “Time Walks” episode to be screened later this year. Tony will keep tabs on the progress of the rebuild and from all of us at ITR we thanks him for his interest and support.
Well that’s it for another month… We are delighted that New Regent Street will be open on April 22nd! Have a stroll down the old Heritage Street from time to time over the next months ahead and you’ll see a lot of progress month by month at the Isaac Theatre Royal building site. We will of course keep you up to date and we’ll see you next year at the restored ITR.
Bye for now
NEIL COX – CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ISAAC THEATRE ROYAL