Presented in association with Auckland Arts Festival

Peer Gynt [recycled]

By Eli Kent

7 MAR - 18 MAR 2017 — Comedy



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


3 hours + 10 minutes (including 20 minutes interval)


Frequent use of strong language, partial nudity and adult themes that may offend some patrons



PEER GYNT is a bad boy with big dreams and a lust for life. And women. Banished for seducing a bride on her wedding day, he wanders the world from Arabia to America in search of love, fame and fortune. After a lifetime of exotic encounters and epic adventures, real or imagined, he makes his way home, to confront his past.

Wunderkind Kiwi playwright and recipient of an ATC Patrons Writers' Award, Eli Kent features as a central character alongside the charismatic anti-hero for all the thrills and spills of his astonishing life quest.

Ibsen's critique of self-obsession is given a new edge of relevance in this age of social media, where it's perfectly acceptable to be obsessed with yourself.

Bold, raucous and irreverent, Peer Gynt [recycled] will open in March 2017 as our contribution to Auckland Arts Festival.



Preview - 2 Reserves $30 - $57

Premiere - 2 Reserves $30 - $59

Standard - 2 Reserves $30 - $64

Special Events.

Backstage Story

Monday 13 February 6:30pm | Auckland Theatre Company studios, Balmoral |FREE


Saturday 18 March 1pm | Villa Maria Gallery, Level 3 ASB Waterfront Theatre | $15 - includes a glass of wine, a tea or coffee, a selection of cafe treats. | Our host speaker will be Simon Wilson, who will be chatting to Peer Gynt [recycled] playwright, Eli Kent.

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There are many ‘wow’ moments in this play – the first one was when the screen went up for the first scene of the Peer Gynt story, revealing the set with its striking modern lines...
Dedee W, The 13th Floor
Kent’s play becomes a manifesto for what theatre can do, and also a manifesto for life.
James Wenley, Metro
The show is exciting and relevant and the performances are uniformly excellent, so that the first half of the show seems to pass in no time at all and the interval is spent in eager anticipation for what will happen next.
Leigh Sykes, Theatreview
It’s one of the most exciting, ambitious approaches a New Zealand playwright has given to a classic.
Kate Prior, The Pantograph Punch
Raucous, bombastic and funny, Auckland Theatre Company has thrown its impressive production heft behind it with marvellous results.
Janet McAllister, The NZ Herald