Red Speedo

By Lucas Hnath

31 OCT - 15 NOV 2017 — Auckland Theatre Company



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre



Contains strong language

“When you go for what you want, when you think about yourself, when you do what’s best for you, everyone benefits.”

Pool side at an indoor pool. Somewhere in America. Ray is a lean, mean swimming machine who has beaten both Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. A month before the Olympics, he seems certain to win and destined for superstardom. But when performance-enhancing drugs are discovered in the team locker room, he is implicated in a scandal that could destroy his dreams and tear his family apart. With so much at stake, how far will he go to get what he wants?

Hailed as one of the brightest new voices of his generation, Lucas Hnath dissects the American Dream with a precision and passion not seen since David Mamet. Here, the desperate race for success is won by fractions of a second, and the clock is counting. Through an ever-spiralling series of reversals, betrayals, compromises and threats, tensions escalate to an explosive climax and blood-red confrontation with the truth.

Thrilling, dark and dangerous, Red Speedo transforms one man’s near-naked ambition into a parable for a modern age obsessed with sex, sport and celebrity, where virtue has no value and the only crime is getting caught.

Experience the cutting edge of contemporary theatre. Dive in! Hold your breath!


Chelsie Preston-Crayford

Ryan Carter

Scott Wills

Wesley Dowdell

Dates &

Tue 31 Oct 7:00 PM

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Wed 1 Nov 7:00 PM

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Thu 2 Nov 8:00 PM

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Fri 3 Nov 8:00 PM

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Sat 4 Nov 8:00 PM

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Tue 7 Nov 7:00 PM

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Wed 8 Nov 7:00 PM

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Thu 9 Nov 8:00 PM

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Fri 10 Nov 8:00 PM

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Sat 11 Nov 2:00 PM

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Sat 11 Nov 8:00 PM

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Sun 12 Nov 4:00 PM

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Tue 14 Nov 7:00 PM

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Wed 15 Nov 7:00 PM

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Preview/Matinee $30 - $52

Premiere $30 - $62

Standard $30 - $67

Non-subscription sales for Red Speedo are available from Monday 2 October 2017

Special Events

Backstage Story

Monday 16 October, 6:30pm | Meet the play’s cast and creative team to find out how they are approaching the show. Presented at ATC Studios, 487 Dominion Road.

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Sunday 12 Nov, 2:45pm (4.00pm show) | Come along and mingle with likeminded theatregoers and gain a deeper understanding of the context of the play at EAT/TALK/PLAY. These events include a seat at our pre-show talk in the Villa Maria Gallery 75 minutes prior to the performance, as well as a show programme and afternoon tea with coffee, tea and a glass of wine. A booking for the event is required. Food and beverage packages are $15.

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Take the hassle out of finding a car park when you come to the show and pre-book your car park at the Hamer Street car park.

The Hamer Street car park is $8, and only a 5 minute walk from the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Spaces are limited.

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