Berlin Burlesque: The Story of Hanussen

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Returning for January / February 2024 this effervescent show is going to leave you fizzing.

Cabaret meets drama in Berlin Burlesque - The Story of Hanussen.

The story is based on Erik Jan Hanussen, a mentalist and variety theatre owner in Berlin who parallels Hitler’s rise. He was a lover of women and the casbah who played with fire, and got burnt.

With a dynamic set incorporating multimedia The LCTC bring live music and action literally into the audience. An atmosphere is created that will carry you through a range of eras, locations and emotions and leave you on a high.

Trigger warning:  Nudity, WW2 symbology


“Burlesque with a dose of slapstick. This show is big and warm and generous and absolutely joyous.”
Matt Bowler, Nelson Mail

“This production sparkles and fizzes....the brilliant ensemble acting, skillful circus acts and singing and dancing of the finest quality, make a performance unlike anything I have ever seen.”
Gail Tresidder, Theatreview

“Unique and diverse.... go and see it.”
Vanessa Byrnes, Theatreview

Audience 14,100 +
103 shows
10 cities throughout NZ


Pascal Ackermann
Chinese Pole, Aerials, Unicycle, Musician Set Design & Construction, Chief Rigger

Pascal Ackermann

A lifetime musician, Pascal completed a violin-making apprenticeship in Switzerland before moving to NZ where he completed a Diploma in Circus Arts. 

Credits include ‘Free Theatre’ production ‘Alice’, World of Wearable Arts, Rhythm and Vines, Fuse Circus, World Buskers Festival, Auckland Buskers Festival, and The Butler, Oak and Happy Home Road with the LCTC.  Pascal also has 2 Guinness World Records.

Carmel Courtney
Musician, Musical Director

Carmel Courtney

Carmel is a well know multi-instrumentalist, teacher and singer songwriter who has toured locally and internationally, at festivals and clubs, playing a variety of styles from Jazz to Electronica, to Latin and funk.

Some projects of note have been with The Jews Bros. Band, Max Maxwell and Mamaku Project. Credits include The North Seas Jazz Festival, WOMAD (Redding), SPLORE and Roots, as well as previous incarnations of ‘Berlin Burlesque’.

David Ladderman
Actor, Juggling, Mentalism, Equilibristics, Story Editing

David Ladderman

David is an actor, circus performer and theatre maker, and one of the founding members of the LCTC.  He’s performed at dozens of festival and events all over the world, and as an actor in multiple productions with The Court, Centrepoint, Fortune and Circa Theatres as well as tutoring within the Creatives in School program.

Credits include: Macbeth, Happy Home Road, The Butler and Berlin Burlesque with LCTC, as well as touring with NZ Opera. David is co-founder of ‘Rollicking Entertainment’ and has co-created and performed in eight original shows.

Tom Trevella

Tom Trevella

Tom is an original member of the LCTC and has been acting professionally for 18 years both locally and internationally.

Credits include over 30 productions at the Court Theatre, and works with Circa, Top Dog and LAF Theatres, the Hannah Playhouse, and East Riding Theatre in the UK.

His work with the ‘LCTC’ includes; The Butler, Happy Home Road, Berlin Burlesque, Macbeth, and the development and production of his solo show ‘Stuck Up the Alley’.

Skye Broberg
Hula Hoops, Aerial Silk, Contortion, Actor, Administration, Production

Skye Broberg

Skye’s background includes martial arts, stunts, a Diploma in Circus Arts and is a graduate of the Hagley Dance Company.  She performs on stage, street and television throughout the world and has obtained 5 Guinness World Records. Skye is the Artistic Director of the Lyttelton Arts Festival (2022/2023) and works extensively within her local community.

Credits include ‘The Butler’, Fuse Circus, World Buskers Festival, World of Wearable Art, NZ Opera, Glastonbury Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe.

Sophie Ewert
Singer, Dancer, Actor, Mime

Sophie Easton

Originating from Melbourne, currently residing in Canada and with a background in Musical Theatre, Dance and Drama, Sophie has been performing all her life. She has completed a Dip. Circus Arts, and has a strong passion for incorporating healing with the performing arts. 

Credits include the World Buskers Festival (NZ), Portraits: The Women Outside (Dunedin Fringe NZ), The Butler and Happy Home Road (LCTC)

Joa and Nele Siezen
Acrobatics, Aerials, Chinese Pole

Nele & Jola Siezen

Identical ‘Twisty Twinz’ Jola and Nele began their strong bond in the womb, which continues today. They have completed Diploma’s in Theatre and Performing Arts, and Circus Arts. They have travelled extensively, performing, training and teaching around the globe, working with a variety of artists and performers. 

Credits include: The Butler, World Buskers Festival, Linz Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Guinness World Records Shows (Italy & NZ).

8 String Bass

Mike Fudakowski

Mikę Fudakowski is a 2nd-generation Polish war refugee with a penchant for unusual bass guitars and a fondness for trashy cinematic schlock. He shares his birthday with Aleister Crowley.

Doug Brush BB
Drums, Percussion

Doug Brush

When not hitting instruments with sticks or his hands, Doug can be found travelling the world looking for new instruments to hit with sticks or his hands. He also shares a birthday with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Simon Gregory BB

Simon Gregory

Having written and performed around New Zealand Simon Gregory is top of his game.

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