Lysander's Aunty

by Ralph McCubbin Howell

17 MAR - 3 APR 2022 — CANCELLED



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


2 hours 10 minutes, plus interval


Contains strong language

We are disappointed to advise that due to the likelihood of an extended period in Red under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, Lysander’s Aunty or A Most Rageful Irreverent Comedy Concerning an Offstage Character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is cancelled.

If you are a ticket holder, you will receive an email advising you of your ticketing options. The box office is fielding a large number of requests and we greatly appreciate your patience. 

Jumping from Athens to Aotearoa, with a cast of New Zealand’s finest comic talent, this is an uproarious wild ride of magic, mayhem and mutiny.

In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, young lovers Lysander and Hermia defy the Duke by eloping to an aunt’s house in the woods. But, just who is this law-snubbing, free-loving aunty? What’s she doing in the bush? And what happens when the law comes knocking at her door?

This riotous reworking of Shakespeare’s most popular play takes a cannon to the canon.

With quick, witty dialogue and a pacey plot, Lysander’s Aunty or A Most Rageful Irreverent Comedy Concerning an Offstage Character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a brand-new, energetic, large-ensemble production led by award-winning Trick of the Light duo, director Hannah Smith and writer Ralph McCubbin Howell.

“Trick of the Light is a fabulously inventive maker of theatre and this collaboration will bring them to a wider audience with a very-large-scale production. It’s Dream but not as you know it!” – Jonathan Bielski

A co-production between Auckland Theatre Company, Trick of the Light, Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Auckland Arts Festival and Brilliant Adventures. Commissioned by The Court Theatre.

By arrangement with Playmarket.



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Backstage Story (Cancelled) 

Mon 28 Feb 6:00pm
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Sunday Forum (Cancelled) 

Sun 20 Mar 3:00pm
Join us at the ASB Waterfront Theatre auditorium, before the 4pm performance, to hear from a special guest speaker and enrich your experience of the show.

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Youth Night (Cancelled) 

Tue 22 Mar 7:00pm
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Audio-Described & Touch Tour (Cancelled) 

Sat 26 Mar 2:00pm
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NZSL-Interpreted (Cancelled) 

Sun 27 Mar 4:00pm
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