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Theatre Royal

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31 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep

When Miss Jean Batten successfully landed in Auckland in 1936, the mayor greeted her with the words, “Jean you are a very naughty girl, and really I think you want a good spanking for giving us such a terribly anxious time here.”

Flying in the face of danger and convention, Jean Batten wasn’t just cool and glamorous; she was a great pilot who knew how to wield a wrench.

In this one-woman show, Alex Ellis becomes Jean Batten taking us on that epic journey in a single-engine plane made of wood and fabric and navigating with a compass and watch.

Written by Phil Ormsby, the script is as elegant as the title character, who always dressed like a movie star, even when soaring through the skies.

On this thrilling flight, in which Mt Taranaki has a fleeting role, Alex shares Jean Batten’s life story.

Sir Edmund Hillary’s triumphant ascent of Mt Everest is world famous – in this play we celebrate another New Zealander who also reached great heights.

“This is a magical tale and in her own words ‘utterly liberating’.” – Stuff

Premium $49.00
Premium friend $45.00
A Reserve $45.00
A Reserve friend $39.00
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Take the rush out of dining out before your show and settle into the ambiance of our pop-up Libri Lounge for a tasty selection of pizzas and platters – opening times and more info here!


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Thursday 31 August, 8pm & Friday 1 September, 8.30pm