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Wanganui - Palmerston North - Kapiti - Invercargill - Gore - Dunedin - Oamaru
Ashburton - Timaru - Wellington - Tauranga - Hastings - Hamilton - Auckland
Whangarei - Rotorua - New Plymouth - Carterton Nelson - Christchurch - Blenheim

Written By Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder.

Directed By Geraldine Brophy

Back to knock some sense back into the nation, The Grumpy Old Women return with a 21 date New Zealand tour of their brand spanking new show FIFTY Shades of Biege!
This jam-packed show comes from the original authors, Jenny Éclair and Judith Holder, and stars three of New Zealand’s favourite theatre actresses Geraldine Brophy, Jude Gibson and Lynda Milligan. It includes all the most Grumpy topics... learning the art of 'Grumpy Grooming', the joy of large pants, a free nagging master class (how to get your own way without him even noticing), beards for women, which style will suit you?

Complimentary Anger Management workshop, middle-aged drinking: the rules, navigating the smorgasbord of worry, voluntary euthanasia vs. retirement, how to customise an unwanted pole dancing kit and a mercifully brief Zumba demonstration. All this and more!

Inspired by the ratings-busting BBC Two series and best selling Grumpy old Women handbook, Grumpy Old Women Live, is a celebration of the pre-, peri- and post-menopausal female condition. Three live and rather furious females take to the stage for an orgy of middle aged mayhem, with not a thong in sight. Don't forget your bifocals.

Come and bask in an orgy of fury and big laughs in this glorious live version of the hit TV show.

What the Press have said about Grumpy Old Women:
“ An evening of Olympic-class whingeing about the state of the world, the collapse of good manners and the general ineptitude of men. . . Some of the mediations on mortality and the fading of desire could almost have been lifted from a Beckett play.” The Times ????

“The writing is stiletto sharp. Great gales of laughter greet every admission and shared middle-aged secret.” Daily Mail

“Warmhearted, witty, empathetic and, dare I say it, rather empowering.” The Observer

“The show is simply uproarious. It is big, brash and colourful, riding on a wave of warmth and empathy.” The Stage

Geraldine Brophy
Geraldine Brophy is one of New Zealand’s best known award winning actresses, working in Film, Theatre and Television. She has worked extensively as Actor and Director and commissioned Playwright for Downstage Theatre, Circa, Court Theatre, Centrepoint Theatre, Fortune Theatre and Auckland Theatre Company.
Her own company, Number 8 Theatre, has produced and toured nationally with her own plays, most notably Confessions of a Chocoholic, Ladies a Plate, Floral Notes
She has been seen treading the boards with the highly acclaimed Auckland Theatre Company production of Bruce Mason’s Awatea, directed Gary Henderson’s Unseasonable Fall of Snow for Bats theatre Wellington and four National tours last year including the popular Pirates of Penzance.
From 1997 to 2001 she appeared as receptionist, Moira Crombie on Shortland Street.
She danced for Arthritis NZ, the charity for which she is an Ambassador, on the popular Dancing with the Stars.
Cinema includes roles in In My Father’s Den, King Kong, Waterhorse, Hook Line and Sinker and recently, Seige and Eternity. She won the 1998 New Zealand Film and Television Best Actress for “Home Movie” and the Qantas Film and Television Awards 2008 Best Actress in Film for the Kiwi box office hit, Second Hand Wedding.

Jude Gibson
Jude is an established theatre actor and director of over 35 years experience. She has performed lead roles in the classics, Shakespeare, comedy, farce, tragedy, musicals, and NZ plays.
In 2002 she was granted an Artistic Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, and performed on the Globe stage. In 2009, Jude was invited to Provincetown, USA, to The Tennessee Williams Festival to perform her critically acclaimed portrayal of Blanche du Bois in a NZ production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”.
Court Theatre audiences will remember Jude in Roger Hall’s “Shortcut To Happiness” which launched the Court’s new (post-quake) theatre at the end of 2011, followed by her performance in the lead role of “Chris” in “Calendar Girls” sell-out season.
Jude’s latest performances include lead roles in “Enlightenment” at Centrepoint Theatre, Mattie Fae in “August Osage County” at The Court Theatre, Esther in Arthur Miller’s “The Price” at Circa Theatre, and a reprise of her performance as Gabrielle (The Older) in Andrew Bovell’s acclaimed “When The Rain Stops Falling” back at The Court.

Lynda Milligan
Lynda has acted professionally since 1974 and has since appeared in countless productions including Steel Magnolias, Blood Brothers, many of Roger Hall's box office hits, The Killing of Sister George, Hay Fever, Arsenic and Old Lace, Shortcut to Happiness and most recently Hilda Dancy in SNAP!.
Her theatre credits over the past three years include: Sweeney Todd (Peach Theatre Company), Cabaret (The Auckland Theatre Company), At the Wake (Centrepoint), Calendar Girls (The Fortune Theatre) and most recently You Can Always Hand Them Back (Touring).
Lynda’s television credits include Close to Home, It is I Count Homogenised and What Now?

Tickets on sale February 3.

Region Venue Bookings
April 25 Wanganui – 7:30pm Royal Wanganui Opera House At Venue
26 Palmerston North – 7:30pm Regent on Broadway Ticketdirect
27 Kapiti – 4pm Southwards Theatre 30 Invercargill – 7:30pm Civic Theatre Ticketdirect
May 1 Gore – 7:30pm St James Theatre 2 Dunedin – 7:30pm Mayfair Theatre Ticketdirect
3 Oamaru – 7:30pm Opera House Ticketdirect
4 Ashburton – 7:30pm Event Centre Ticketdirect
5 Timaru – 7:30pm Theatre Royal Ticketek
16 Upper Hutt – 7:30pm Expressions Ticketdirect
17 Wellington – 7:30pm Opera House Ticketek
18 Tauranga – 7:30pm Baycourt Ticketek
20 Hastings – 7:30pm Opera House Ticketek
21 Hamilton – 7:30pm Clarence St Ticketek
22 Auckland – 7:30pm BMC Ticketmaster
23 Whangarei – 7:30pm Forum North Ticketek
24 Rotorua – 7:30pm Civic Theatre Ticketmaster
25 New Plymouth 8pm TSB Showplace Ticketmaster
26 Carterton – 7:30pm Event Centre 28 Nelson – 7:30pm Theatre Royal Ticketdirect
29 Nelson – 7:30pm Theatre Royal Ticketdirect
30 Chch – 8pm Aurora Centre Ticketek
31 Chch 4pm and 8pm Aurora Centre Ticketek
June 1 Blenheim – 7:30pm The Floor Pride Civic Theatre Ticketdirect

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