Auditions: White Gold, Saturday, August 23

Posted 16 August 2014

Auditions for the final HLT Studio play for 2014, White Gold, by HLT member Peter Boyes and directed by Sue Golding, will be held on Saturday, August 23. White Gold is a political satire about corporate culture and the mechanics of the food technology industry. It takes a wry look at how communications (or the lack of them) affect business decisions and how our everyday food is manipulated to maximise profit. The play was written especially for the HLT Studio. Auditions will be held... more...

Auditions for "Noises Off"

Posted 17 July 2014

We will be holding auditions for Noises Off, the final show in HLT's 60th Jubilee Season, on Sunday, August 24, between 10am and 3pm. To book a time, please contact director Julian Harrison on For a script, please call the theatre office, 534-1401, or email For other audition details, see the fact sheet on the HLT Auditions page.

Costume Hire

Posted 17 July 2014

Need something to wear to a fancy-dress party or period event? For information on costume hire, click here or phone 534-1401 for further assistance.

Rooms for hire

Posted 17 July 2014

Howick Little Theatre has spacious and comfortable rooms for hire, particularly during the day, in a convenient purpose-built theatre located off the Pakuranga Highway in Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. There is air-conditioning or opening windows, modern kitchen and toilet facilities and a whiteboard if required. We offer reasonable rates for casual or regular hires. The park also has a public swimming pool nearby. Some evening hires may also be available, depending on the date. For more... more...

Attention: advertisers

Posted 17 July 2014

Do you have a business or service that you like to promote to theatregoers from the Eastern Suburbs? We can offer lucrative sponsorships that will increase your exposure to the community. Alternatively, why not advertise in our programmes? Full, half or quarter-page colour advertisements are available from $125. Contact the office for more information.  

Four Stars for "4000 Miles"

Posted 16 July 2014

"Narrative skills triumph", says the H&P Times review about HLT's latest play, 4000 Miles, winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play. The Times' Marianne Kelly agrees with Time magazine’s reviewer that: "'[Amy] Herzog unravels details slowly, with uncommon narrative skill'," then says, "This is where the challenge is presented for the HLT audience to follow the dialogue between grandmother and grandson, which Ingrid Prossor and Paul Trimmer overcome with superior stamina and... more...

Gift Vouchers and Subscriptions

Posted 1 July 2014

Give the gift of theatre. A Howick Little Theatre subscription or a gift voucher is an ideal present for the theatre lover in your life. An original and imaginative idea for Christmas, birthdays, thank-yous or any occasion, subscriptions and gift vouchers can be purchased online or from the theatre. Call 534-1406 or email

Acting and Directing Workshops

Posted 9 June 2014

Affordable workshops are on offer again this year, thanks to a grant from Creative Communities/Auckland Council. The first is “An Introduction to Directing for Theatre”, by HLT member Terry Hooper, who trained professionally at the UK’s Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama. His course will involve eight weekly sessions of two and a half hours, and include a performance, with a debriefing session following the performance. In July and August there will be workshops with leading... more...

HLT Studio Presents: The Understudy

Posted 1 June 2014

Coming up at HLT in August is the New Zealand premiere of THE UNDERSTUDY, written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Amie Bentall (Season: August 6-9). This play, which just goes to show that second best can be a bitch, is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of obstacles that mount until all anyone can do is dance. Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for the Broadway premiere of a previously undiscovered Kafka masterpiece, Roxanne has one... more...

Set Design Workshop with John Parker

Posted 1 June 2014

One of New Zealand's leading set designers, John Parker, will be running an affordable design workshop at HLT, starting on August 10. At only $80, this is a fantastic opportunity to work on the design for an actual production, Noises Off, which will be staged at the theatre in November. The course is limited to 12 people and costs $80 for a total of four days (split over a number of weeks to allow participants to work on their designs). For more information, download the registration form.  

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