The first post-Covid touring show back in Nelson has arrived just in time for the school holidays.
The international production of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is coming to the Theatre Royal for three shows on 12 July.
Showcase Entertainment Group’s Layton Lillas says it’s “time to celebrate” New Zealand’s unique situation of being back open for business.
“2020 has been brutal for the entertainment industry and the world alike. Lockdown was hard enough psychologically for adults with so much uncertainty, but spare a thought for our children who went through it as well.
“It’s time to give our kids some fun.”
The “magical” stage show has been adapted from the classic Dr Seuss book, telling the story of a brother and sister, bored at home on a rainy day, when they are visited by ‘The Cat’ in his red and white striped hat.
Their outspoken and outraged pet fish is astounded and concerned, but the cat teaches them (and the audience) how to make their own fun with a little imagination.
Along with his friends, Thing One and Thing Two, they turn the house upside down, leaving mess everywhere. But the cat has a very special way to clean things up, just before Mum comes home.
The production, which last toured New Zealand in 2018, has been on tour in Australia for much of 2019 and was due to be on a 40-show international tour in April when Covid-19 struck.
So, the set and costumes were shipped back to New Zealand and a complete kiwi cast and crew were assembled to take the show the length and breadth of the country.
“The time has come to put our people back to work, get some product back into the theatres and, most importantly, spread some joy,” says Layton.
The Cat in the Hat is on for three shows at the Theatre Royal on Sunday, July 12, 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. All tickets are on sale through Eventfinda.