The Life of Galileo

by Bertolt Brecht, translated by David Hare

22 JUN - 10 JUL 2021 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


3 hours, including interval



Meet the man who rocked the world.

It may have been more than 400 years since the Roman Inquisition challenged Galileo Galilei’s proof that the Earth rotated around the sun but, sadly, the story of arrogant leaders refusing to accept the findings of science is all too timely.

Bertolt Brecht’s masterly portrait of genius under fire positively bristles with thought-provoking contemporary resonances.

Leading the large ensemble, Kiwi acting legend Michael Hurst is well equipped to embody the contradictions, flaws and genius of Galileo: a man who looked to the stars, risked heresy and changed how we see the heavens but, also, a man who was naive, ambitious, idealistic and capable of petty cruelty.

The Life of Galileo promises a night of bold ideas, brilliant theatricality, and a full-throated defence of speaking truth to power.

Cast includes

Michael Hurst

Hera Dunleavy

Ravikanth Gurunathan


Colin McColl

Sean Coyle

Elizabeth Whiting

Jo Kilgour

John Gibson

Dates &

Tue 22 Jun 7:00 PM Preview

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Wed 23 Jun 7:00 PM Preview

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Thu 24 Jun 8:00 PM Opening Night

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Fri 25 Jun 8:00 PM

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Sat 26 Jun 8:00 PM

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Sun 27 Jun 4:00 PM EAT/TALK/PLAY

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Tue 29 Jun 7:00 PM Youth Forum

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Wed 30 Jun 7:00 PM

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Thu 1 Jul 8:00 PM

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Fri 2 Jul 8:00 PM

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Sat 3 Jul 8:00 PM

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Sun 4 Jul 4:00 PM Audio Described & Touch Tour

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Tue 6 Jul 7:00 PM

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Wed 7 Jul 7:00 PM

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Thu 8 Jul 8:00 PM

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Fri 9 Jul 8:00 PM

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Sat 10 Jul 2:00 PM NZSL Interpreted

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Sat 10 Jul 8:00 PM

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Tuesday, 8 June, 6:30pm



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Listen to a special guest speaker discuss a deeper aspect of the play while enjoying a glass of wine and afternoon tea in the picturesque Villa Maria Gallery at ASB Waterfront Theatre.

Tickets to EAT/TALK/PLAY are $25 each. You'll also need to purchase a ticket to the show if you wish to attend the performance after the event. These events sell out quickly so booking is essential.

Sunday, 27 June, 2:45pm

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