Audiences might be more familiar with Peter Hambleton’s work in front of the camera as Glóin in The Hobbit films, but in addition to his film, television, and stage work, the New Zealand actor is also a notable stage director.
His newest project is directing Bill Cain’s play, Equivocation, at the Circa Theatre in Wellington.
Official synopsis from the theatre’s website:
London 1605. Shakespeare (Shag) is ordered to rewrite the ‘true’ story of Guy Fawkes and the treasonous Gunpowder Plot – as a crowd-pleasing play. While the plotters wait in prison, he must decide if he would rather write a lie and lose his soul, or write the truth and lose his head. He walks this dangerous tightrope with the help of his theatre troupe, his devoted daughter, and by learning the art of equivocation (the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth).
“I want to tell the truth. I just don’t want to get caught at it.”
This astonishing play is for theatre-lovers, fashion fanatics, Game of Thrones and House of Cards fans, legal eagles, politicos, and anyone who has ever had a boss from hell.
The play is performed in costumes from Shakespeare’s era, but with modern-day dialogue, this comedic thriller isn’t going to put you to sleep.
“This play is one of the most exciting I have ever encountered. It is thrillingly theatrical, high-octane entertainment. With Will Shakespeare writing your government’s propaganda, you can’t go wrong, can you?” said Peter Hambleton.
Opening Night will be Saturday 24 May, 8pm, and the show will run until June 21. Performances are 6:30PM on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 8pm from Thursday to Saturday, and matinees are 4pm on Sundays. Ticket prices are as follows: $46 full / $38 senior / $33 friends of circa / $39 groups 6+ / $36 groups 20+ / $25 under 25s.