Auckland Theatre Company’s ‘Grand Horizons’ returns for encore season


Auckland Theatre Company’s ‘Grand Horizons’ returns for encore season
Pronounced a hit by reviewers and audiences able to attend the restricted premiere season, Grand Horizons will return to ASB Waterfront Theatre on 17 May for a two-week Encore Season at full capacity.

Auckland Theatre Company first opened this award-winning play by Bess Wohl in February, just as the country moved into Red of the Covid-19 Protection Framework.

Starring two of New Zealand’s most beloved and experienced actors returning to the stage, Annie Whittle and Roy Billing OAM, the show performed to restricted houses of 100 people per night.

When community cases began to soar mid-February, the remaining 11 performances were cancelled in the interests of cast and public safety, resulting in huge unmet demand for the production.

Proudly presented by MiNDFOOD and fresh from its 2019 Broadway world premiere, Grand Horizons is directed by 2020 New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira CNZM.

Jennifer Ward-Lealand says, “I’m delighted to be directing Grand Horizons for Auckland Theatre Company. Bess Wohl has written such a smart play with searingly funny and honest dialogue, beautifully drawn characters and a family dynamic that is turned on its head right from the get-go.

In the play we see that Nancy and Bill’s fifty-year marriage is not just an investment for the couple themselves, but for all those in their orbit. Adult children are forced to see their Mum and Dad not just as ‘parents’ but as fully rounded human beings with their individual needs and wants – and the family equilibrium is shattered in the most entertaining and bittersweet way.”  

Jennifer Ward-Lealand is joined in the creative team by renowned set designer Tracy Grant Lord bringing her impeccable style to the production. Award-winning lighting and sound designer Sean Lynch also brings his vast experience and flair to the team.

When:17 – 29 May 2022

Where: ASB Waterfront Theatre

Tickets and info

You can find out more about Grand Horizons in our March issue of MiNDFOOD, featuring director Jennifer Ward-Lealand as our cover star.



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