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The Tempestuous

Wednesday 14th August 2024

Sicily’s beloved King Enzo is dead. Now Princess Rosa, a stroppy spinster, must navigate the tempestuous waters of belching Step-Fathers, lusty suitors, popping cod pieces and menopausal witches, to face her destiny.

Award-winning comedian Penny Ashton (Promise and Promiscuity, Olive Copperbottom, Austen Found, The Panel RNZ) presents her latest literary solo musical with this Shakespearean frolic. She’ll spark 11 characters into life in an Elizabethan tale of magic, meddling and puffed bull’s pizzles.

“Incredibly clever, the script is just so smart.” RNZ

“She’s such an entertaining storyteller and huge fun. The audience loved it.” Theatreview 2024

“…an excellently written script that Shakespeare himself would be proud of. There’s no need to be intimidated by the use of Shakespeare’s language for Ashton is clearly a master of it. She cleverly weaves modern phrases into the style of Elizabethan speech with precise comic timing, and hides lines ripped straight from Shakespeare throughout this new text. Every line is clear and each character is distinct – which is saying something, considering Ashton brings to life no less than eleven over the course of the story.” Theatrescenes


August 14




Nelson & suburbs


Theatre Royal
78 Rutherford St, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Adult $39, Senior $36, Under 19 $25, Group 6+ $36pp (plus service fee)

Tickets from Theatre Royal Nelson ph. 03 548 3840 ext 1.


Ph. 03 548 3840

Additional Info

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