In a special, one-night-only event, we'd be thrilled if you could join us for a Court Theatre fundraiser, in partnership with the Friends of The Court Theatre, celebrating Mark's long-standing connection with our cherished theatre. Please join us for this exclusive occasion, hosted by Ross Gumbley, where your presence not only honours Mark's legacy but also supports The Court Theatre, for our final months in The Shed.

With an illustrious career spanning nearly four decades, Mark Hadlow is a household name in New Zealand's entertainment industry. As an actor, director, and voice artist, he has left an indelible mark, in Aotearoa and internationally, on both stage and screen, performing in or directing over 150 plays, alongside a multitude of memorable and notorious roles in film, television, and commercials.

You will undoubtedly recognize Mark from his iconic cinematic roles, such as Dwarf Dori in The Hobbit Trilogy, Heidi the Hippo and Robert the Hedgehog in Meet the Feebles, and Harry in King Kong. More recently, he captivated audiences as Stigwood in Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines.

Mark Hadlow's career has been a tapestry of iconic performances, including memorable collaborations with New Zealand legends. He shared the screen with the incomparable Billy T James in The Billy T James Show, and we can’t not mention Hadlow enchanting audiences as Toad in The Court Theatre's original production of The Wind in the Willows (among many others), bringing this beloved character to life in a way only he could.

Join us at The Court Theatre for a special ONE NIGHT ONLY fundraising event filled with tales, stories, adventure, and a song or two, as Mark Hadlow and friends take us on a nostalgic journey through his distinguished career. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the remarkable talent of one of New Zealand's most beloved entertainers and raise vital funds for The Court Theatre and the Friends of The Court Theatre, where Mark has entertained thousands of Cantabrians for over 40 years.

Doors open from 5:15pm for drinks and canapés, and the evening will include a raffle and a silent auction. There will be an exclusive opportunity post show to meet Mark, take a photo, and raise a glass of bubbles, thanks to the Friends of the Court Theatre.