13 February - 13 March 2021

Winding Up


$30 - $62

  • Written by
    Roger Hall
  • Directed by
    Kate Louise Elliott

Just when things should be slowing down for retirees Baz and Gen, life is Winding Up!

With grandkids to wrangle, a cruise to plan and Barry’s preoccupation with plotting his own funeral, the reality of the so-called ‘golden years’ is explored in this brand-new comedy from legendary playwright, Roger Hall (Four Flat Whites in Italy; Middle Age Spread; Glide Time).

Starring beloved actors Mark Hadlow and Darien Takle, Winding Up is a heart-warming Kiwi comedy that shouldn’t be missed.

"Roger Hall delivers an amusing and occasionally elegiac swansong for the bickering couple who delighted audiences in the 1990s in Conjugal Rites." 
NZ Herald


    Complying with the latest update from the Ministry of Health, The Court Theatre will move back to operate at Alert Level 1 from 6am on Sunday 7 March 2021.  

    These changes mean our production of Winding Up is back to catering to full houses in its final week. We will continue to contact patrons whose bookings are affected by the Alert Level changes. 

    If you are coming to the theatre we encourage you to continue scanning using the COVID-19 Tracer App, and keep up all the good habits that keep you and others safe.

    If you do need to contact us please bear with us we deal with large volumes of inquiries.

    We are adhering to all the latest advice from the Government to keep our artists, staff and community safe from Covid-19. Anyone feeling unwell should ring Healthline on the dedicated Covid-19 number at 0800 358 5453 or ring ahead to your general practice to be advised on what to do. You can find detailed information from the Ministry of Health here.

    During these times, we believe it is more important than ever to continue supporting each other. We thank you all for your support and flexibility this week.

    Take care and we look forward to welcoming you safely at The Court Theatre.


  • Key Dates
    • 13 February 2021: opening night
    • 15 February 2021: forum - a special performance where audiences get to ask cast and crew questions after the show 
    • 16 February 2021: Pay What You Can
    • 13 March 2021closing night
  • tickets

    Subscriptions for our 2021 Meridian Energy Season are open now, giving you priority bookings, discounted tickets and more! 


    Alternatively, you can buy individual tickets for Winding Up here.

    Ticket prices range between the following amounts, depending when you book in the season. 
    Top tip: tickets are always cheapest in the first two weeks of the season, when we offer our earlybird discount. 

    • Adult: $57 - $62
    • Senior: $50 - $55
    • Group (6+): $50 - $55
    • Supporter: $48 - $52
    • Community Services or Kiwiable Leisure cardholders: $35
    • 30 Below (aged 30 & under): $30
  • Enjoy Kai at the Theatre

    Enjoy kai before the show with delicious pizzas, platters and snacks from G&T Catering! For the best experience, we recommend arriving at the theatre at least an hour and a half before showtime, where you can place your order at the bar. Please note: you cannot take any hot food into the auditorium or bring your own food to The Court.

    • Antipasto Platter - $25
      Brie & blue cheese, chorizo, shaved ham, nuts, chutneys, grapes and rice crackers (GF)

    • Vege Basket - $12
      Cocktail spring rolls, samosas, falafel bites and spicy vegetable wontons, served with aioli and sweet chilli (V)

    • Pumpkin and Mozzarella Arancini $8
      Roast pumpkin and mozzarella arancini balls, served with garlic aioli (V)

    • Rustic Fries - $8        
      A bucket of rustic fries finished with rosemary salt and served with garlic aioli (V, GF)

    • Cake in a Jar - $8
      A delicious dessert served in a jar, with two options available: 
      Carrot cake with caramel and walnut, with a cream cheese icing
      Chocolate cake with a berry sauce and chocolate ganache

    • Margherita - $16
      Housemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, cracked pepper and basil pesto drizzle (V)

    • Spinach and Mushroom - $18
      Housemade tomato sauce, mushrooms, spinach, caramelised onions, mozzarella, parmesan and fresh thyme

    • Pepperoni - $18
      Housemade tomato sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni slices with a BBQ sauce swirl

    • Salmon - $20
      Housemade tomato sauce, smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, lemon zest and mozzarella

    • Roast Chicken - $20
      Housemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, shredded roast chicken and seasonal roast veges, with a gravy drizzle

    • Lamb - $20
      Housemade tomato sauce, pulled lamb shoulder, macerated currants, mozzarella, yoghurt and mint. 

    *GF - Gluten Free, *V - vegetarian. Please advise your waiter about any allergies or dietary requirements. Please note: some items in the menu are subject to seasonal availability. 

  • press reviews

    "I’m always impressed by Hadlow’s versatility. He can grasp any role by the horns and really tame the beast. He embodied Barry perfectly and left me equally frustrated, bemused, and amused. Darien was a complementary figure to him, constantly soothing his senility. "

    Liam Stretch

    "Sir Roger Hall may be in his '80s but he's let us all know loud and clear that he still has 'it'; in fact this latest work is one of his best."

    "Brilliant… his dialogue is so natural and artless, it’s less like being in a theatre and more like overhearing your parents or grandparents conversation (but a lot funnier). If you’re a boomer (like me) you might wonder if maybe he put a bug in your lounge and recorded your conversations with your spouse."

  • Cast

    Mark Hadlow


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    Darien Takle


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  • Creatives

    Kate Louise Elliott


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    Richard van den Berg

    Set Designer

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    Deborah Moor

    Costume Designer

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    Giles Tanner

    Lighting Designer

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    Matt Short

    Sound Designer

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    Jo Bunce

    Stage Manager

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  • Backstage Tour

    Step further into the world of Winding Up in our exclusive theatrical backstage tour!

    On 27 February you’ll have the chance to see all the behind-the-scenes magic that went into making this Kiwi comedy, with tickets just $8 - $13.

    Hosted by a member of The Court Theatre team, you’ll hear stories from our 50-year history and access exclusive, staff-only areas like our costume and workshop departments where Winding Up has been made. 

    Please note that as this tour will go through our workshop and backstage areas, closed toe shoes must be worn for health and safety reasons. 


  • Audience Reviews (2)
    March 11 2021 by Jacqui Hamilton
    March 13 2021 by Dianne Powley
    "What a great nights entertainment, thoroughly enjoyed gen and baz, with some food for thought along the way, thankyou all. "