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Pippi Longstocking lands in Takapuna…all the way from London!

Auckland’s leading theatre for children, Tim Bray Productions, presents Pippi Longstocking at The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from 7-28 April. First staged by Tim Bray Productions in 2007, the story of Pippi Longstocking is one that has excited, amused and intrigued generations of children all over the world, so it’s only fitting that our own Pippi is flying in for the show all the way from London!

The irrepressible Pippi is being played by the talented Tineke Ann Robson, who first donned the flaming red hair and flamboyant stockings in 2013. Audiences were in awe of her acrobatics, comedic timing and infectious smile, so we are thrilled to have Tineke back for another show!

She has graced New Zealand stages and screens, notably as Ophelia in the popular TV series Spartacus, War of the Damned. Since her knock-out 2013 performance as Pippi, Tineke has been in London where she has worked on various films including playing an Auror in J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Tineke was looking for her next adventure when the Pippi Longstocking audition notice was sent to her by a friend, in what she called serendipitous timing.

In this classic children’s story, written by Astrid Lingdren, Pippi along with her best friends Tommy (Lucas Haugh) and Annika (Ailis Oliver-Kerby) outsmart bullies and have fun with her monkey Mr Nelson (Nik Edwards). Along the way Pippi is reunited with her father, the Cannibal King (Richard Leggott). The stories have been adapted for the stage by Tim Bray with music by Christine White, and live music will be performed by Leon Radojkovic.

“I am constantly wowed by Pippi. Her physical prowess is impressive, and she embodies spunk and enthusiasm for unconventional living with ease.”
“This is a thoroughly entertaining children’s show that I’ve really loved seeing; I encourage childless adult fans not to feel at all odd going along. It is a lovingly created tribute to Pippi, and any fan of any age will find it a pleasure. ” – Theatreview (2013)

Pippi Longstocking is at The PumpHouse Theatre Takapuna, Auckland in April opening with a Gala performance on Saturday 7 April at 5pm. Performance times from 9-13 April are 10:30am and 1pm daily; and from 14-28 April at 10:30am and 2pm (no shows on Sundays or Anzac Day).

A New Zealand Sign Language interpreted performance is on Thursday 12th April at 10.30am, with Audio Described performances with touch tours on Tuesday 10th April at 12pm and Saturday 21st April at 1pm.
Tickets for Pippi Longstocking are available by phoning (09) 489-8360 or online at here.

Check our more details about our fantastic cast below!

Lucas is an Auckland based actor and recent graduate from the Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts at Unitec (Majoring in Acting). His recent theatre credits include Buddy and Judge, Jury and Cookie Monster at Auckland Fringe, Auckland Summer Shakespeare’s As You Like It and a national tour of Saturday Night Fever. When not acting, he makes music with the band Galaxy Bear. Pippi Longstocking will be Lucas’ first show with Tim Bray Productions.

Lucas is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

Ailis recently graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London) with a Master of Arts in Music Theatre. In London, Ailis originated the role of Bobbi Melrose in the new musical, Stage Door, written by Joshua Rosenblum and Joanne Lessner. Performance credits in the UK also include Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar and Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi.

Ailis holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Otago, and has performance highlights in New Zealand include Hairspray, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera and Punk Rock.

Ailis has just finished a season at the Court Theatre in Chicago as Ensemble/ Understudy Roxie Hart. She cannot wait to jump into this production of Pippi Longstocking – a childhood favourite!

Richard trained in the UK and worked in commercial and repertory theatre between 1990 and 2001. Roles include the lead in Candide directed by John Doyle, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at York Theater Royal, Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey directed by Tim Carroll and World premiers of Charlottes Web and Withnail and I in which he played Templeton and Marwood ( I ) respectively.

In 2001 he moved to Barcelona accumulating 23 film and tv credits including The Chief Magistrate in Perfume, the story of a murderer and most recently William in The Bookshop directed by Isabel Coixet. Here in New Zealand roles include: the funeral director in Ash vs Evil Dead, Rev. Co’burn in Westside.

We are thrilled to have Richard in the cast!

Nik was very busy in Tim Bray Productions The Santa Claus Show last year – he performed as a Dad, an Elf, a Rubik’s Cube and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

He loves to perform – whether it be acting, dancing, singing, playing ukulele or balancing on his hands.

Nik also has a passion for working with young people – he teaches acting workshops with Tim Bray Productions Youth Theatre and works as an Educator at MOTAT.

Nik’s favourite thing to eat is a Granny Smith apple, he enjoys speaking French and he once lived on a Cruise Ship for 6 months.

No Tim Bray Productions theatre show would be complete without an unforgettable musical accompaniment and we are very excited to have the talented Leon Radojkovic on the team, performing the titles by Christine White, and also creating incidental music throughout the show. Leon  is an Auckland-based composer who makes music for theatre, film, dingy bars, and for fun.

Leon is the creator and composer of Live Live Cinema: which has toured a triplicate of productions since 2011 in NZ, Australia, the UK and Europe. Leon has worked with Silo as composer and musical director on numerous productions including Brel, Boys Will Be Boys and most recently Peter and the Wolf. 

Leon was also Musical Director for Auckland Theatre Company’s acclaimed seasons of Jesus Christ Superstar and Amadeus. Leon can also be found fronting the experimental group Fortress Europe.

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