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The Star: April 27, 2017

2 PEOPLE ROGER HALL’S

2 PEOPLE ROGER HALL’S LAST LEGS OPENS THIS MONTH The Fortune Theatre opens its 2017 winter season with Roger Hall’s new, hit comedy Last Legs. After two sold-out seasons at Circa Theatre, the Wellington company will be collaborating with Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre to stage the South Island premiere this April/May. Roger is without a doubt one of New Zealand’s most successful and beloved playwrights, having penned the Fortune’s most successful productions ever: Four Flat Whites in Italy. This production is not to be missed! The Last Legs season coincides with the 40th anniversary of Roger’s first season at Fortune, the wildly successful Glide Time. To celebrate to Fortune is hosting a number of events including playreadings, workshops and talks – check out fortunetheatre.co.nz for more information. 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