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Fire on the River


The riotous new musical Fire on the River, which is set during the Great Fire of London in 1666, will illuminate the history books with music, song and dance from 6th - 30th October at three theatres in Auckland; Glen Eden’s Playhouse, Papatoetoe’s Spotlight and Takapuna’s Pumphouse. Historic characters and first hand on-the-spot accounts from London diarists are woven into the narrative and accompanied by 28 musical numbers spanning genres and generations!

Far from a quiet history lesson, Fire on the River embodies some of the major personalities of the day - combining humour with romance, a touch of drama and a LOT of original songs and lyrics.  The characters include; famous Diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, the newly restored monarch King Charles II and his vampy mistress Nell Gwynne, the squabbling Farriners who owned the Bakery where the fire started, scary Mother Shipton who foretold London’s destruction by fire and a very pompous Lord Mayor Sir Robert Bludworthy.

1st September 1666, a boy and a girl meet at the historic Queenhithe Market by the River Thames. London is only just recovering from last year’s eruption of rats, spreading deadly plague to thousands. But a long spell of hot dry weather has seen the medieval City of London become tinder dry…

Earlier Event: October 4
Tempo Dance Festival 2016
Later Event: October 8
Artweek Auckland 2016