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BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH PHIL MCINTYRE ENTERTAINMENTS 

BEN ELTON ANNOUNCES A BRAND NEW STAND-UP COMEDY TOUR FOR NEW ZEALAND additional SHOWS ADDED NATIONWIDE

The “Live 2021” tour confirmed for Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. 

BEN ELTON announced last year that he would tour New Zealand in 2020 with a brand-new stand-up show, Ben Elton Live. But we all know what happened next. 

Ben is now newly confirmed to arrive in New Zealand to quarantine in April, to then hit the stage in May 2021, with new dates added to his original tour. In addition to his previously announced shows in Auckland and Wellington, Ben has added a performance in Dunedin. Ben last performed in New Zealand in 2006, but returned to stage with a totally sold out 75 date UK tour in 2019, drawing rave reviews. 

Elton’s timing and phrasing remain impeccable, his structure is masterly’ ★ ★ ★ ★  The Daily Telegraph

'Just give him a stage and a microphone and Ben Elton is the best. No contest' The Sunday Times

'There is nothing, absolutely nothing to beat Ben Elton live! ' Evening Standard 

Ben Elton exploded onto the comedy scene more than 30 years ago, hosting Channel 4’s groundbreaking Saturday Live. Since then Elton has achieved huge success as a stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director. 

He's written television shows such as The Young Ones, Blackadder 2, Blackadder The Third, Blackadder Goes Forth, The Thin Blue Line, the famous ‘exam’ episode of Mr Bean, the recent UK smash hit Upstart Crow and many more, as well writing and directing two feature films: 2000’s Maybe Baby and 2017’s Australian-made Three Summers. Last year he wrote Kenneth Branagh’s critically acclaimed biopic of William Shakespeare All Is True which starred Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.  

A highly respected author, Elton has published 16 best-selling novels, six of which became number one bestsellers. Elton is also widely known for his writing for the stage which includes three smash hit West End plays and the global phenomenon We Will Rock You based on the music of British rock legends Queen. 

A serial award winner, he has won three BAFTAs, two Laurence Olivier Awards, The Royal Television Society Writer’s Award, The Golden Dagger UK Crime Writer of the Year AwardThe Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Eurovision Golden Rose D’Or Lifetime Achievement Award. 

As Ben says: "The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn." 

BEN ELTON

“LIVE 2021” NEW ZEALAND 

DUNEDIN                     TOWN HALL                            **                     WEDNESDAY MAY 12

WELLINGTON              MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE                           FRIDAY MAY 21           *RESCHEDULED 2020 SHOW

AUCKLAND                  CIVIC THEATRE                                               WEDNESDAY MAY 26  *RESCHEDULED 2020 SHOW

AUCKLAND                  CIVIC THEATRE                       **                     THURSDAY MAY 27 

** BRAND NEW SHOW 

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit: livenation.co.nz