The Butler


It’s sexy, it’s stunning to look at, and it’s very very funny. It’s The Butler. Where circus meets theatre and satire holds the mirror up to the middle classes.

The Butler is like nothing else. It’s a Big Top spectacular and it’s intimate social satire. It’s bitter, it’s beautiful and it’s full of hilarious humour.

Inspired by the Peter Greenaway film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, The Butler takes a hard look at the social manners and conventions of western culture, with often bizarre results.

“For once, a standing ovation was not just appropriate; in this case it was necessary.”
Tom Hunt, The Nelson Mail

The central character of the butler presides over a dinner party. He stands apart from the action having seen and heard it all before. In counterpoint to The Butler’s gloom, the dinner party guests are all exuberance. Brittle as biscuits, they wind up every social convention to the pitch of parody and beyond.

The resulting action is chaotic
 and delightful, but underlain with an emptiness that the characters must defy. Here is the froth and bubble above the dark and the stark. It’s like nothing seen before but it is instantly recognisable.





Audience 18,000 +
113 shows
11 cities throughout NZ
23 shows in London




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