Anthony Harper sponsors a full season of theatrical entertainment
Last year, over 200,000 people in New Zealand attended a theatrical performance sponsored by Anthony Harper.
In Christchurch, early next year, Two Productions will bring life to the classic French tale of 'The Little Prince' in an exciting, quirky, magical outdoor theatre show for all ages.
They will use masks, puppets, music and large-scale theatre tricks to transform the Botanical Gardens into an intergalactic journey of wildness and whimsy.
"We are thrilled to have been associated with the Christchurch Summer Theatre programme for the past twenty years. Over this time, thousands of people from across Canterbury have attended these open-air performances. Giving back to the community is something Anthony Harper holds very dear. This year we have further deepened our relationship, with a schools promotion - in collaboration with NZME" said CEO, Lisa Jacobs.
This collaboration will see over 600 school children invited to take part in a special VIP performance of the play on the lawns of the Botanical Gardens.
Our partnership with the Pop-up Globe in 2017 sparked our interest in providing youth with the opportunity to enjoy live theatre. Our sponsorship enabled over 240 children to have the opportunity to experience Shakespeare, many of whom wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance. This included one school, in the Northland town of Kaeo, whose journey was documented on leading current affairs programme Seven Sharp.
"Our sponsorship of the Pop-up Globe has extended into the third season. As the foundation sponsor, we are enormously proud of the Pop-up's achievements. Over 200,000 tickets sold, winner of two prestigious New Zealand event awards, and with over 100,000 tickets sold in Australia, to date, making the Pop-up one of the most successful theatrical companies in the country," said Jacobs.
Season three will feature better special effects, more laughter. More battles and more blood. More elaborate sets and costumes. More productions. And of course, more of the storytelling of Shakespeare’s masterworks.
From 7 December, the Pop-up Globe will roar back into life at the Shakespeare Gardens at Ellerslie Racecourse, with five new productions of Shakespeare’s most popular plays being presented this summer.
It will begin with A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare’s take on love and obsession is considered one of the greatest stage comedies of all -time. This will be directed by Dr Miles Gregory. There will be ten special evening performances in the lead up to Christmas. Opening on 11 January is the tragedy, Julius Caesar. The very next day the dark comedy, The Merchant of Venice will also begin its run. Rounding out this extraordinary festival will be the tragedy Macbeth, which opens on 8 February. The farce, The Comedy of Errors, will delight audiences from 22 February. This is unlike Shakespeare you have seen before. "This isn’t dusty old Shakespeare. This is bawdy, hilarious, brutal and bloodsoaked," said Gregory.