Prep for play is un­der way

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Andrew Grainger is re­hears­ing full time for a pro­duc­tion

Auck­land ac­tors have a few weeks of long days ahead in the lead up to Auck­land The­atre Com­pany’s lat­est pro­duc­tion.

Among them is Camp­bells Bay res­i­dent Andrew Grainger who plays Charles Hart in the pro­duc­tion of Nell Gwynn.

The play fo­cuses on 17th cen­tury the­atre, when women were just be­gin­ning to be al­lowed on stage. Grainger was asked to play Charles Hart, an ac­tor and Nell Gwynn’s act­ing tu­tor, be­cause he’d done a lot of shows with ATC.

‘‘They al­ways do con­sis­tently good qual­ity shows and pro­duc­tions. They try spread across the board, if you like, from Shake­speare to mu­si­cals.’’

Re­hearsals for the pro­duc­tion have just be­gun, and Grainger had done re­search into the era and style of act­ing.

‘‘You do your own prepa­ra­tion, it’s nice to have ev­ery­body read­ing their parts. You get a bet­ter idea of what it’s go­ing to be like,’’ he said.

Grainger said the ac­tors had hit the ground run­ning at re­hearsals and en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to at­tend the show.

‘‘It’s funny. It’s mov­ing, as well, in parts. It’s rol­lick­ing, naughty at times, but also mov­ing be­cause of the re­la­tion­ships. It’s a good time for peo­ple across the board,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s fast and fu­ri­ous for kids.’’

ATC was also run­ning a ‘‘30 un­der 30’’ pro­mo­tion in which there were a lim­ited num­ber of $30 tick­ets avail­able for those un­der the age of 30. Grainger said it was a great way to get young peo­ple along to shows.

‘‘You see how ex­pen­sive the­atre is ... Some­times the­atre’s for­got­ten by young peo­ple.’’

The play runs from Au­gust 15 till Au­gust 30 at the ASB Water­front The­atre. Tick­ets are from

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