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The Scandalous Four

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The Scandalous Four 

A new romantic comedy set in Victorian Era Auckland

Penelope Williams has been sent to her now home, Alberton, in Mt Albert to become Mrs Jonathan Alexander. The only person to accompany her on her new life is George, her family's trusted butler. Unknown to Jonathan, Penelope's heart belongs to someone else, Richard, her mysterious piano tutor, who sadly she thinks she'll never see again. 

Unknown to Penelope, Jonathan too has a secret, one which keeps him graded and cold. A secret that keeps himself and Penelope apart. 

What will happen if Penelope finds out about Jonathan? Will Richard ever return to Penelope? Even then, when all scandals are revealed- how will they ever find a way to live in the repressive age of their time? Perhaps they will all live in solitary unhappiness... or will a little mysterious magic unlock the window and set them all free? 

Our Cast

Meg Andrews as Penelope Williams

Denise Snoad as Lady Jane Williams/Fanny the maid

Amanda Rolls as Reginalda Williams/Bessie the maid

Erik van de Wijdeven as Richard Reynolds

Daniel Townsend as Jonathan Alexander

Andrew Kent as George the Butler

Liam Herlihy as Parson Kendrick/Cuthbert 


Production Dates 

This spring we bring our story to life in two great locations. 

Our first week we are at the historical Pumphouse Theatre, situated at the heart-shaped Lake Pupuke. 

Pumphouse Season opens on October 17th and closes on October 21st 

Then we take you to Alberton House, for our famous promenade style theatre, were you get to follow the characters through this beautiful 1870's house. 

Alberton House Season opens on October 30th 

and closes on November 4th 

Our Production Team 

Director: Christianne Van Wijk

Original story by Christianne Van Wijk

Producer: Marianne Martin 

Production Management/ Lighting and  Set Design: Julia Rutherford

Stage Manager: Ariana Shipman

Stage Assistant: Ava Hodgetts

Costume / Wardrobe: Erika Schaab Farrant

Costume Assistant: Aria Harrison-Sparke

Set Builders: Geoff Gunn and Matthew Diesch

Adapted for stage by The Acting Collective

Original Score by Walter Mair


Photo by Dave Andrews



2018, Lockdown, Written by Nik Rolls, Auckland Fringe Festival Season at Tiny Theatre & Classic Studio

2017, Boy Afraid, Written by The Acting Collective, Season at The Albion Hotel.      

2017, 10 Minute Plays with Gary Henderson, Play Reading Performance at The Pump House, August Season

2017, Persuasion, Adapted by Tanya Wheeler, Season at The Pump House

2016, 10 Minute Plays with Gary Henderson, Play Reading Performance at The Pump House, November Season

2016, 10 Minute Plays with Gary Henderson, Play Reading Performance at The Pump House, May Season

2016, Pride & Prejudice, Adapted by Jon Jory, Season at Howick Historical Village, The Pump House & The Old Vic Cinema