ASB season of

Under the Mountain

By Maurice Gee, Adapted by Pip Hall

7 FEB - 21 FEB 2018 — Family



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


2 hours including a 20 minute interval


Contains supernatural themes. Suitable for anyone 8 years and older

Relive the magic of award-winning novel and hit 80s TV series Under The Mountain.

Lurking in the depths of Auckland’s volcanoes are the Wilberforces – shapeshifting evil aliens plotting our planet’s destruction. Unlikely heroes, 12-year-old twins Rachel and Theo, must learn to harness their extraordinary new powers to stop them and save us all.

Enter a world of mystery, magic and master storytelling, brought to life by a superb cast of actors, dancers, and innovative designers.

Experience the legendary Kiwi adventure that captivated a generation, live on stage for the very first time. A must-see event for anyone 8 years and older.

Recipient of the Margaret Mahy Award, Maurice Gee is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers. Under the Mountain was adapted for a 1981 television mini-series and a 2009 film. Now, Pip Hall (Why Does Love?, The 53rd Victim, Shudder, The Woman Who Loved a Mountain), is bringing one of Aotearoa’s favourite novels to the stage in a contemporary adaption.

This New Zealand premiere production will be directed by Sara Brodie, whose spectacular stage skills were last seen in Auckland Theatre Company’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Under the Mountain was commissioned by Auckland Theatre Company with support from the ATC Patrons.




Preview/Matinee $25 - $57

Premiere $25 - $67

Standard $25 - $72

Show Programme

Check out our Wilberforce slime recipe, colouring competition and volcano hunt activity sheet on


Younger audiences will be thrilled to find a perilous cosmic battle unfolding in their own backyards
NZ Herald
Clever technology married physical articulation to evoke childhood memories of the thrill and mystery of Maurice Gee's Under the Mountain at the ASB Waterfront Theatre last night.
ASB season of Under the Mountain is a cracking fantasy that will stimulate and entertain children and adults alike. It’s part adventure, part thriller and all action. It’s equally a heartfelt show with poignant messages about love and loyalty. Recommended.
Director Sara Brodie created a marvellous production, full of childish wonder but with seriously nasty villains.

Special Events

Backstage Story

Tuesday 30 Jan, 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 18 Feb, 2:45pm (4.00pm show) | Come along and mingle with like-minded 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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Pre-book your car park

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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