Peter Hayden


Having spent many years in Dunedin working between his ‘twin’ passions of drama and documentary film making, Peter is now happy to be strongly focused on drama and really chuffed to be back working with the team at Auckland Theatre Company. His recent screen appearances have included TV series 800 Words and Hillary as well as the soon to be released movie Light Between the Oceans. Perhaps the strangest experience of 2015 was playing Robert Redford’s ‘body double’ in the kids’ movie Pete’s Dragon, shot here in New Zealand.
Recent theatre work includes Pulitzer Prize finalist Time Stands Still, at the Fortune in Dunedin. However, over the last 3 years, Peter has been privileged to appear in several Auckland Theatre productions: Other Desert Cities, Trees Beneath the Lake, The Ladykillers and Lysistrata, where he and Darien Takle played an embattled, aging couple in this Greek ‘battle of the sexes’. There’s a lot less sparring and heaps more fun between them in You Can Always Hand them Back, and it's a delight to be sharing the stage again with Darien.