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Our Man in Havana


As versions of Covid-19 have their entrances and exits, we have decided to cancel Our Man in Havana and the Festival of One Act Plays to best protect our audience, cast and crew. Ticket holders will be contacted directly by iTICKET regarding a refund.


David Blakey, director of Our Man in Havana, writes

Our Man in Havana was scheduled to open in August last year. Just before a Tuesday evening rehearsal, we learnt that Auckland was going into lockdown. That was nine days before our opening night. The set was on the stage, the cast knew their lines and were making finishing touches to their characters, and we were about to add the lighting and sound over the coming weekend.

We were all disappointed. People who had seen our latest rehearsals had said that it was ready for an audience. We hoped that we would be able to go in November, but that didn’t happen either.

Now our March opening has been cancelled, too.

I am especially sad because I know the dedication and hard work that the cast has put in, and I am sure that you would have enjoyed a fast-paced and very funny show. Maybe this winter?

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17 to 22 March 2022 at 8pm
Matinees Sunday 20 and Saturday 26 March at 2pm
No evening performance Sunday 20 March
No performance Monday 21 March
“You should dream more, Mr Wormold. Reality in our century is not something to be faced."

James Wormold, an under-employed vacuum cleaner salesman living in 1950s Cuba, is struggling to pay for his teenage daughter's increasingly extravagant lifestyle. So when the British Secret Service asks him to become their 'Man in Havana' he can't afford to say no.

There's just one problem: he doesn't know anything!

To avoid suspicion he begins to recruit non-existent sub-agents, concocting a series of intricate fictions. He files bogus reports using Charles Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare and dreams up military installations from vacuum-cleaner designs. But Wormold soon discovers that his stories are closer to the truth than he could have ever imagined ...

In Clive Francis' adaptation, Graham Greene's classic satirical novel becomes a wonderfully funny and fast-moving romp.