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Mark Hadlow, ONZM, is one of New Zealand's best known actors. He has performed in countless theatre shows throughout New Zealand. Mark has made dozens of film appearances, several television series, commercials and radio voice-overs in the thousands. He has directed many plays throughout New Zealand, some independent productions and some for The Court Theatre in Christchurch and now, sadly, the closed Fortune Theatre in Dunedin.

Mark has been seen on screen playing the dwarf Dori in The Hobbit Trilogy, his third Peter Jackson movie. In Meet the Feebles he voiced Heidi the Hippo and Robert the Hedgehog and sang many of the songs. King Kong saw him rehearsing and performing the role of Harry in the vaudeville scenes opposite Naomi Watts and Bill Johnson. The latest Peter Jackson movie just released, Mortal Engines, saw him playing the Auctioneer Stigwood. He also played alongside New Zealand comedian, Billy T James in The Billy T James Show, a 26 episode sitcom.

He has performed in many musical theatre productions including My Fair Lady; Mr Cinders; Jesus Christ Superstar; Chicago; Kiss me Kate; Sweeney Todd; Rocky Horror Show and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with John English. His favourite is Little Shop of Horrors, in which he was involved in four separate productions both performing and directing. 

Mark has been nominated for and won several awards, including Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy Series for Willy Nilly, playing the role of the challenged brother Harry in the three-season, top-rating sitcom.

He won Best Theatrical Performance of the Year in 1993 for the hugely successful one-man show SNAG and ultimately went on to win Entertainer of the Year in 1995. He won Best Character Voice Over Artist in the 2010 New Zealand Radio Awards.

Mark has worked for Queensland Theatre Company and performed SNAG at the Adelaide Arts Festival and at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996.

He loves the one man show format and MAMIL, written by his best mate Greg Cooper, opened in 2014 and has since played to over 40,000 people with rave reviews throughout NZ with a highly successful second season in 2018 in Christchurch at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

In March 2018 he completed a co-lead role with Jed Brophy in Stef Harris's latest thriller film, Blue Moon, filmed in Motueka. The film was invited to world premiere in the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2018 in Christchurch, Nelson and Wellington.

He also plays a supporting role as a South African kickboxing coach in the Shane Rangi short film Die Like a Shark due for release in 2019.

Being at The Court is like coming home, getting back with family. Elling is going to be such a treat working on stage with Ross Gumbley again.

Court Shows

  • 2019 - Elling - Elling
  • 2018 - The Biggest - Stu Wakefield
  • 2016 - Macbeth - Macbeth
  • 2016 - The Streaker - Director
  • 2015 - Le Sud - Prime Minister
  • 2015 - MAMIL - Bryan Cook / Various
  • 2014 - Stag Weekend - Director
  • 2014 - When The Rain Stops Falling - Gabriel York
  • 2010 - God of Carnage - Michael
  • 2005 - The Face Maker - Archie McIndoe
  • 2002 - Art - Yvan
  • 2001 - Take a Chance on Me - Director
  • 1998 - The Wind in the Willows - Toad