Auckland Live International Cabaret Season

We are fair fizzing with excitement for the upcoming Auckland Live International Cabaret Season! We've teamed up with Auckland Live once again, and have three shows at Basement that are a part of the season, look out for Miss Frisky's Karaoke Experience, O A'u, and Super HUGH-Man.

Dig out your sequins and tassles! While you're at it, grab your old Oakley's or Dirty Dogs, because our little corner of the city is going to dazzle brighter than Beyonce's bling – with events at the Concert Chamber in the Auckland Town Hall, Q Theatre, and yours truly for the later half of September.

Here's the lowdown on the main events, we know it's really hard to choose – just come to them all! Look out for more info coming soon on hospo deals and other pop up events too (did someone say sing-along?) Basically, free up your calendar, dust off your sparkly platforms, and head into the city, because this Cabaret Season is about to blow (like a glitter cannon).

Miss Frisky's Karaoke Experience

15 - 16 Sep. 8pm. Basement Theatre. // You choose the music, she’ll do the singing. An interactive, deeply unserious evening of karaoke cabaret nonsense. Do not forget there is a cabaret diva in the house.

O A'u

19 - 23 Sep. 6.30pm. Basement Studio. // Shooing away the negative stigmatism surrounding the artform, Spencer Papalii shares his love of drag as a creative outlet, as well as his story of growing up queer and Polynesian in Aotearoa.

Super HUGH-Man

20 - 23 Sep. 8pm. Basement Theatre. // Armed with the power of song, a young Māori musical mutant resurrects Hugh Jackman's legacy, with a plan that will lead Wolverine to ultimate immortality. Performed by Rutene Spooner, and directed by cabaret great, Jennifer Ward-Lealand.


14 - 15 Sep. Concert Chamber. Auckland Town Hall. // Poignant, alluring and wickedly salacious, Berlin cabaret artist Sven Ratzke prowls the stage reimagining the legendary rock icon David Bowie.

The Sound of Falling Stars

21 - 24 Sep. Concert Chamber. Auckland Town Hall. //From Sam Cooke to Jeff Buckley and more, Cameron Goodall brilliantly inhabits stories of the great stars who died too young. Get ready for a night of musical joy and monumental loss.

Play On

16 - 17 Sep. Concert Chamber. Auckland Town Hall. // The timeless soliloquies of William Shakespeare are reimagined with music by Paul McLaney and the team that brought you Fly My Pretties.

That Bloody Woman

19 - 21 Sep. Concert Chamber. Auckland Town Hall. // New Zealand's smash-hit rock musical That Bloody Woman starring Esther Stephens as Kate Sheppard returns to Auckland for just three nights. Presented by Auckland Live and Tour-Makers.


22 - 24 Sep. Concert Chamber. Auckland Town Hall. // One of Broadway’s most revered composers of the 20th century, Cole Porter’s vintage sound transports us back to a life of glitz and glamour with hits like It’s Delovely.


21 Sep - 1 Oct. Rangitira. Q Theatre. // Slip behind the red velvet rope and visit an intoxicating glitter ball world of fantasy and sparkle with an exhilarating disco soundtrack. Presented by Auckland Live in association with Q Theatre.