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    Gardner & Wife Theatre 2000-2020

    We'd like to thank the thousands of students, hundreds of teachers, dozens of actors, and the many, many schools that came to our shows for over twenty years. We started under Dataran Merdeka, then to The Actors' Studio at Bangsar Shopping Centre (thanks, Joe & Faridah), and finally finding a home for over ten years at Jaya One's PJ Live Arts. . In those twenty years we toured our shows from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Ipoh, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Singapore and Taiwan before Covid and the MCOs put us out of business. Below are the many shows we produced - so, as you can see, we had fun - thanks everyone!

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    Asia Tour Manager

    亚洲巡演经理

    Kok Kee Boon

    郭祺文

    Phone: +60 19-511 0749

    电话 +6019 511 0749

    eMail: kokkeeboon@gmail.com

    电子邮件 kokkeeboon@gmail.com

  • 2020

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    Tall Stories THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD

    PJ & Penang 

    19 Feb – 16 Mar

    One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. Tall Stories' magical stage adaptation of the sequel to The Gruffalo, and despite the shortened run due to Covid-19, the show was loved by all those who came to see it.

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    The Handlebards

    THE TEMPEST 

    PJ 25 – 31 Mar

    Cancelled due to Covid-19 and the MCO closures.

     

    The rest is (our) history....

  • 2019

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    The Handlebards TWELFTH NIGHT 

    PJ 14-20 Feb

    The HandleBards, the world’s first cycling theatre company, return for their fifth visit - this time with their riotous all-male version of Shakespeare’s hilarious and heart-breaking comedy! With true HandleBards
    incredible energy, whirlwind physical theatre and some clever improv, every word spoken is Shakespeare - and they make every word work!

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    Tall Stories Theatre

    THE GRUFFALO

    PJ Feb 25 - Mar 24

    Tall Stories' magical stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's THE GRUFFALO has been given an all-new production design to
    celebrate 20 years of stage performances all around the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia – including London's West End, on Broadway and Sydney Opera House. "Tall Stories sets the benchmark for children’s theatre" Sunday Times

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    Big Wooden Horse MONSTERSAURUS 

    PJ May 6 – 19

    The Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company returned again with Claire Freedman's very popular MONSTERSAURUS. Adapted and directed for the stage by Adam Bampton-Smith. This
    very funny adaptation of the well-known book cleverly managed to balance being just scary enough for our young audiences, but not too scary!!

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    Pins and Needles Theatre

    THE BEAR 

    PJ & Penang Sep 30 – Oct Oct

    “One night when she's fast asleep, an enormous snowy white bear climbs into Tilly's bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head...” The much-loved storybook by Raymond Briggs was brought to life on the stage by UK's Pins and Needles. 'The Bear' was a perfect introduction to theatre for little people.

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    Big Wooden Horse

    THE WAY BACK HOME

    PJ 1 – 23 Nov

    The very popular Oliver Jeffers' THE WAY BACK HOME, originally adapted and directed by Big Wooden Horses' Adam Bampton-Smith, was restaged by Gardner & Wife Theatre with Junji Delfino and Christian Palencia. Now with a few Malaysian touches, it played to enthusiastic audiences for two weeks.

  • 2018

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    The Handlebards

    AS YOU LIKE IT 

    PENANG Jan 29 & 30

    PJ Feb 1 - 10

    The Handlebards' all-female, high-energy AS YOU LIKE IT added Penang, Petaling Jaya and a number of schools to the already 500 miles they pedal up and down the length and breath of the UK. Now almost a Malaysian institution, audiences loved them yet again as they performed their trademark adaptation at breakneck speed of Shakespeare's classic.

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    Little Blue Monster Theatre

    LOST AND FOUND

    PJ Mar 5 – 25

    Bill Davies and his Little Blue Monster Theatre, brought us his beautiful adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' LOST AND
    FOUND. “Once there was a boy and one day, he found a penguin at his door. Lost! So, the boy decides to return the penguin to the South Pole”. And so begins this simple story of true friendship all told with puppetry, songs and music.

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    Big Wooden Horse

    DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

    PJ May 1 - 21

    Big Wooden Horse returns with the show that's full of “fun, feathers, and laughter”. Combining three of Mo Willems’ award-winning books: Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus, Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late!, it was adapted and directed for the
    stage by Big Wooden Horse’s artistic director, Adam Bampton-Smith.

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    Edinburgh State Puppet Theatre THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES

    PENANG Sep 27 & 28

    PJ Oct 8 - 13

    Ten years after Edinburgh's Puppet State Theatre made their Asia debut here, Richard Medrington & Rick Conte returned with their wonderful THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES (with much assistance from Dog). We took them to Johor Bahru - our first time there - as well as Penang, Publika, and PJ Live Arts

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    Big Wooden Horse & Nick Brooke Ltd ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS 

    PJ Nov 12 - Dec 2

    The best-selling children’s book by Freedman and Cort is brought to pant-astic life by Big Wooden Horse's Adam Bampton-Smith. Despite being a big favorite in the West End and on Broadway, some of our local schools thought it a bit too risque but everyone else thought is was fresh, funny and full of lots and lots of pants!

  • 2017

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    The Handlebards

    ROMEO & JULIET 

    Penang Feb 24

    PJ Feb 27-Mar 10

    Handlebars returned to Malaysia with their four-person ROMEO & JULIET in their now-trademark comedic, at break-neck-speed style. As one audience member Twittered: "I'll say it again.. @HandleBards is EXACTLY how Shakespeare should be done!" They're back in February, 2018, with their all-female As You Like It!

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    Tall Stories Theatre EMILY BROWN AND THE THING

    PJ Feb 20 - Mar 12

    Our third production by UK's Tall Stories, this beautifully crafted three-hander uses dance, music and puppetry to tell Cressida Cowell's much loved tale. Tall Stories' adaptation whisks Emily, her rabbit and the spellbound audience through all the book's different adventures - taking our young audiences with them.

     

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    Big Wooden Horse

    STUCK! 

    PJ May 8 - 28

    PENANG May 10 & 11

    After STUCK's successful run here in 2014 - and many requests for it to return, we created a local-cast version with STUCK's creator and director Adam Bampton-Smith (UK's Big Wooden Horse)
    directing Safia Hanifar and Aaron Teoh as Mum and Floyd with choregraphy by Farah Sulaiman. We'll look forward to getting STUCK again...!

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    Blunderbus Theatre

    DOGS DON'T DO BALLET 

    PJ 1 – 23 Nov

    This is the eighth time Blunderbus Theatre has come to us – and even with an extension of several days, this wonderful adaptation of Anna Kemp's book packed the theatre. Told with Blunderbus' customary blend of story telling, puppetry, songs, dance and audience involvement, several thousand primary-aged children joined the cast in pirouettes, jetés and arabesques!

  • 2016

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    Blunderbus Theatre

    THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK

    KL Feb 25 - Mar 23 PENANG Mar 11

    UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company's sixth visit to KL with their wonderful production of Jill Tomlinson's best-selling classic book. Used to reassure generations of young children about the "scary" dark, this stage adaptation continues to show children that "the dark is fun" as they follow Plop, the baby barn owl, on his journeys into the night-time world of campfires, fireworks and moonlit adventures!?

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    The Handlebards

    A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

    KL Feb 28 – Mar 13 PENANG Mar 10 & 11

    With the support of British Council Malaysia, UK's Handlebards brought us our first Shakespeare! A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM was enormously successful, with some audience members returning more than once! Four young men played 22 characters – both male and female – with the entire play done in 90 breakneck minutes! We'll look forward to them coming back!

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    Gardner & Wife Theatre's NUNSENSE

    PJ 13 July - 7 Aug PENANG 27 – 31 July

    Fifteen years after its original KL production, we brought NUNSENSE back with Shanthini Venugopal in her original role as Mother Superior, plus Junji Delfino, Elvira Arul,
    Nicole-Ann Thomas, Teresa Goh with Llew Marsh as Musical Director, and Dr. Joseph Gonzales as choreographer (just prior to his new position as Head of Academic Affairs at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts). We will miss him!

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    The Handlebards MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

    PJ 11 - 21 Oct

    IPOH 12 Oct

    PENANG 23 & 24 Oct

    Once again, with the support of British Council Malaysia, UK's Handlebards brought us our second Shakespeare - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. For the first time we included a tour to ACS Ipoh, marking 100 years since the school presented Malaya's first ever Shakespeare production!

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    Big Wooden Horse MONSTERSAURUS

    IPOH Nov 1

    PJ Nov 2 – 20

    PENANG Nov 11

    UK's The Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company returned with Claire Freedman's MONSTERSAURUS. Adapted and directed by Adam Bampton-Smith and performed by Harrison Spiers; Mark Collier; and Sophie Steel. A very funny adaptation of the well-known book, it toured to Penang, Ipoh and several schools.

  • 2015

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    Tall Stories Theatre THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE

    KL March 9 - 29 PENANG Mar 20

    A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale... all the way to Kuala Lumpur and Penang! Tall Stories Theatre UK brought us another wonderful show, which like The Gruffalo, was based on a much-loved book by Julia Donaldson. Adapted for the stage by Toby Mitchell, co-founder and joint artistic director of Tall Stories.

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    Gardner & Wife Theatre SHEAR MADNESS KL

    KL May 10 - June 28

    The SHEAR MADNESS Hair Salon, where YOU get to solve the murder, returned for its third round of baffling the
    audience. Produced for Malaysia and performed by Phoon Chi Ho, Qahar Aqilah, Marina Tan, Junji Delfino, Na'a Murad, Alfred Loh, and Jason Leong, and directed by Richard Harding Gardner, it had audiences
    returning yet again - just to see their favorite murderer get his/her just desserts.

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    Big Wooden Horse THE WAY BACK HOME

    KL Oct 19 - Nov 8 PENANG Oct 30

    After STUCK's successful run here in 2014 - and many requests for it to return, we created a local-cast version with STUCK's creator and director Adam Bampton-Smith (UK's Big Wooden Horse) directing Safia Hanifar and Aaron Teoh as Mum and Floyd with choregraphy by Farah Sulaiman. We'll look forward to getting STUCK again...!

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    Les Ballets Eloelle THE NUTCRACKER

    KL Dec 2 - 13

    PENANG Nov 26 - 29

    For their fourth visit to us, Men In Tutus brought us Go For Barocco, The Harlequinade Pas De Deux, a whole flock of of swans, including
    dueling Dying Swans, with the program culminating in Tchaikovsky's THE
    NUTCRACKER with Artistic Director Victor Trevino as Clara!

  • 2014

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    Big Wooden Horse STUCK! 

    Feb 20 - Mar 16

    The Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company's beautifully simple but totally engrossing version of Oliver Jeffers STUCK! Adapted for the stage by Adam Bampton-Smith and performed by the original UK cast, Sam Hoye and Grace Alexander-Scott, it entertained school audiences for three weeks both in Penang and PJ! The Big Wooden Horse's first show with us, but not their last!

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    Big Wooden Horse DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

    Sep 20 - Oct 19

    UK's Big Wooden Horse returns with Mo Willems’ award-winning book with a show full of “fun, feathers, and laughter”. The friendly bus driver
    leaves us with one simple instruction: "DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!" Beautifully adapted and directed for the stage by Big Wooden Horse’s artistic director, Adam Bampton-Smith. They’ll be back in 2015!

     

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    Gardner & Wife Theatre SHEAR MADNESS KL

    May 30 – Jun 14

    The SHEAR MADNESS Hair Salon, where the audience gets to solve the murde! Produced for Malaysia and performed by Phoon Chi Ho, Qahar
    Aqilah, Marina Tan, Junji Delfino, Na'a Murad and Jason Leong, and
    directed by Richard Harding Gardner, it had some of the audiences
    returning for a second or third time to play arm-chair detective! It will return!

  • 2013

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    Blunderbus Theatre HOW TO CATCH A STAR 

    KL Mar 6 - 31

    UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company made their sixth visit to Malaysia with the inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very own. Beautifully directed and adapted for the stage by artistic director, Bill Davies from the best-selling children's book by Oliver Jeffers.

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    Les Ballets Eloelle's MEN IN TUTUS

    KL & PENANG June 2 - 23

    What was once Gardner & Wife's first ever-ballet has become one of their most "when are they coming again" shows! Now back under the artistic guidance of the great Dying Swan, choreographer Victor Trevino, and with a brand-new name - Les Ballets Eloelle - they wowed audiences both in KL and Penang.

     

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    Tall Stories

    THE GRUFFALO 

    KL Oct 7 - Nov 3

    A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood... and arrived in Malaysia before going on to London's West End, where the three actors will perform THE GRUFFALO for six weeks over Christmas. Tall Stories has wowed thousands of children since its 2001 debut at the Edinburgh Fringe. Directed by Olivia Jacobs, it wowed 'em here, too!

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    Jim West Puppets AESOP'S FABLES 

    Nov 18 – Dec 15

    One of Gardner & Wife Theatre's favourites, New York City-based Jim West Puppets first came to us in 2007. This time a whole new generation of children sat fascinated as Jim West presented seven of Aesop's tales with his unique combination of
    puppetry, humour, classical music and the hilarious antics of Moral the dog!

  • 2012

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    Blunderbus Theatre THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK 

    KL & PENANG Mar 8 - Apr 1

    UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company made their fifth visit to KL, and their first to the new PAC Penang, with their production of Jill Tomlinson's best-selling classic book. Used to reassure generations of young children about the "scary" dark by joining Plop, the baby barn owl as he journeys into the night-time world of campfires, fireworks and moonlit adventures!

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    Those Indian Guys' D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE

    KL May 10 - 13

    What can you say about a show which returns to Kuala Lumpur time and time again - and fills the theatre! Raj Varma again delighted audiences which his one-man tour de force. Raj flew from New York, where he now lives, to KL for the run, and then on to his home country, New Zealand, to star in a brand-new TV series. Success couldn't have happened to nicer man!

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    Fork's

    ROCKAPPELLA 

    PJ Oc 12 - 28

    Fork's blockbusting show has been playing to sold out houses in Scandinavia, Russia, Edinburgh, the US - and they rocked the house when they came to us! One of the very few shows finishing with a standing ovation EVERY night, Fork was supremely polished, royally confident, and very funny! Check out the audience reaction to their Bohemian Rhapsody on YouTube 

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    The Merry Opera's

    LA TRAVIATA

    PJ 1 – 23 Nov

    One of Britain's best small opera companies brought us one of opera's best
    known classics - Verdi's Opera LA TRAVIATA. Re-set in modern London, and performed in English, they received rave reviews (And here, too!) Performing at Penang Performing Arts Centre, PJ Live Arts, as well as to an Ipoh audience of over 800 as a fund-raiser for St. Andrew's Church, Ipoh. Musical instruments for the show were supplied by Roland Music Development Centre (Music School) at Jaya One.

  • 2011

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    Those Indian Guys D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE

    PJ Feb 14 - 20

    Those Indian Guys' co-creator Tarun Mohanbhai returned for a one-week reprise of his one-man tour de force - starting his run, appropriately enough, to a capacity audience on Valentine's Day. Since its 2005 Asian debut in Kuala Lumpur, D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE has now been performed in five continents, including sold-out seasons in New York and London.

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    Blunderbus Theatre

    ELMER THE ELEPHANT

    PJ March 3 - 20

    UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company made their third visit with their production of David McKee's ELMER THE ELEPHANT. Student groups from all over the Klang Valley and beyond joined their favourite patchwork pachyderm in his journey to self-discovery. Julia
    Gabriel Centre for Learning sponsored one performance and treated the audience to special pre-show activities.

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    List Operators

    MORE FUN THAN A WII!

    PJ May 3 - 22

    Gardner & Wife's first show to blatantly advertise itself as “guaranteed non-educational”. Coming fresh from sell-out shows and awards at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Australian duo wowed Malaysian audiences with their "raw, raucous and ridiculously cool show for cool kids”!

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    Bunk Puppets

    STICKS, STONES, BROKEN BONES

    PJ  May 10-15

    Wining awards at both Adelaide and Edinburgh Festivals, Jeff Achtem has rethought both the tradition of puppetry and shadow puppets by allowing the audience “backstage”. Telling a series of stories, he transforms the assorted junk hanging around the stage into art. Literally drawing gasps from his audiences, he finished his short run here with a standing ovation!

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    Blunderbus Theatre THE SELFISH CROCODILE

    PJ Oct 4 - 22

    UK's Blunderbus Theatre returned with the first show they brought out to us in 2008, but this time completely rewritten and redesigned. Yet again, the Faustin Charles adaptation got rave reviews with its giant puppetry, catchy songs, comedic characters - and above all, the company's tremendous ability to imaginatively interact with their young audiences.

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    Jim West Puppets DINOSAURS!

    PJ Nov 23 - Dec11

    Master puppeteer Jim West, along with "Puppet Man" Jeremy Wingle, returned to delight us with classical music, dino-puppet making ideas
    and fun facts about dinosaurs. With not much more than a few old cardboard boxes and some great music, kept our young audiences
    enraptured! And taught them THE best way to recycle cardboard!

  • 2010

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    Les Ballets Grandiva's MEN IN TUTUS 

    January 8 - 17

    Taipei

    Kuala Lumpur

    Singapore

    Gardner & Wife took LES BALLETS GRANDIVA'S MEN IN TUTUS on a three week, three-country tour - to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Hall in Taipei, KLPAC in Malaysia and the 1,800-seat Esplanade Theatre in Singapore where they performed to full houses and enthusiastic audiences. Some clips from the program are here.

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    Blunderbus Theatre

    GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE

    PJ  March 8 - 20

    Gardner & Wife's first production at the new PJ Live Arts theatre welcomed the return of Blunderbus Theatre Company. With flights sponsored by Gulf Air, the show performed to almost 5,000 children. Its success also extended to bookseller partner Roving Books selling out its entire
    stock of GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE books.

     

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    Pluck's MUSICAL ARSON: REIGNITED

    PJ October 6 - 23

    Gardner & Wife's most "when-are-they-coming-back-again" show, came back for a three-week run with their two new cast
    members, Kit Massey and Flora Allison, led by Jon Regan. On Monday 11th Y.A.M. Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja'afar and
    Haji Abd Jalil Hj Borhanuddin hosted a charity performance to raise money for The NS Wanderers Rugby Club. Pluck is back and oh, how I have missed them. The Star 10 Oct 2010

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    SHOWS 2000 to 2010

    To be posted ASAP

  • 2009

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    Barry & Stuart's WICKED WIZARDS

    March 3 - 15

    Kuala Lumpur

    Barry and Stuart's WICKED WIZARDS in their Asian premiere, wow-ed, perplexed, and offended our audiences in exactly
    the correct ratio as they performed wonderfully weird, dark magic, and
    collected a few thousand more fans! Check them out on YouTube if you want a taste - and convince friends they're psychic!

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    Les Ballets Grandiva's MEN IN TUTUS 

    May 8 - 17

    Kuala Lumpur

    Gardner & Wife's first ever ballet proved again that genuine artistry mixed with comedy is irresistible! Generating standing ovations and encores the dancers performed five ballets in two acts, including the company's signature piece, the parody of Fokine's The Dying Swan. They will return to KL in January, 2010.

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    Dr. Bunhead's VOLCANO HEAD

    May 20-30

    Kuala Lumpur

    With support from Mox-Linde, the resident scientist of the UK Sky TV's "Brainiac" and "Blue Peter", returned to delight and terrify obth children and adults with his
    combination of science & stage comedy. This time the emphasis was on
    rocket science which generated explosions and rocked the theatre!

  • 2008

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    Pot Pourri

    A NIGHT ON BROADWAY

    PJ February 14 - 24

    Gardner & Wife took LES BALLETS GRANDIVA'S MEN IN TUTUS on a three week, three-country tour - to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Hall in Taipei, KLPAC in Malaysia and the 1,800-seat Esplanade Theatre in Singapore where they performed to full houses and enthusiastic audiences. Clips from The Esplanade performances here on Vimeo

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    Blunderbus Theatre

    THE SELFISH CROCODILE

    PJ April 15 - 27

    Our first season of theatre for young audiences kicked off with the Blunderbus Theatre Company's stage adaptation of best-selling children's
    book by Faustin Charles. The show received rave reviews and saw audiences of all ages respond
    enthusiastically to their giant puppetry, catchy songs and comedic
    characters.

     

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    FOREVER PLAID

    KL July 2 - 20

    This tribute musical featuring songs of the 1950s raised over RM350k for the Kasih Hospice Care Society and Drati Khangtsen Monastery in India at the charity premiere held at One World Hotel. It subsequently ran for three weeks at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre.

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    Gamarjobat's WESTERN

    PJ Sept 30 - Oct 19

    On their third visit to Kuala Lumpur, the mime duo presentedtheir new shows "Rock 'n Roll Penguin" and "Western" to both critical acclaim and box office success. Their now annual appearances have now led to a fast-growing fan base here in Malaysia.

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    Edinburgh Puppet State Theatre's THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES

    PJ Sept 30 - Oct 19

    Award-winning Edinburgh Puppet State Theatre made theirAsian debut with performances of Jean Giono's classic story. The show received
    rave reviews from critics and audiences of all ages.


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    Jim West Puppets AESOP'S FABLES 2

    PJ 28 Nov - 14 Dec

    New York's Jim West Puppets returned with AESOP'S FABLES II. Once again, Moral the dog was a favourite among children and their parents as he told the stories of The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, The Oak and the Reed, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Lion and his Councillors, and The Stargazer.

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    Gardner & Wife's SOUVENIR

    PJ December 19, 2008 - January 4, 2009

    Canadian singer Gabrielle Maes made her Malaysian debut in Stephen Temperley's SOUVENIR: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Directed by Richard Harding Gardner, the two-man Broadway comedy also starred Llew Marsh as the faithful pianist-sidekick. The production won The BOH Cameronian Arts Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

  • 2007

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    Gamarjobat THE BOXER

    PJ January 30 - February 11

    Since their first visit, Ketch & Hiro-pon are one of Gardner & Wife's most requested shows. Winning several new awards, including Best International Act 2006 at the Brighton Fringe Festival, they returned to Malaysia directly from another successful season at the World Buskers Festival in New Zealand.

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    MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL

    PJ June 27 – August 5

    This return engagement saw an unprecedented 6-week run, making its 44 performances Malaysia's longest-running show. It opened the inaugural Putrajaya Arts Festival and played to large enthusiastic audiences at the 600-seat Auditorium Perbadanan Putrajaya in the country's administrative capital.

     

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    Those Indian Guys D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE

    PJ December 4 - 23

    The return engagement of D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE was performed by one-half of "Those Indian Guys" - Rajeev Varma - and played for three weeks. This popular one-man
    show continued to receive rave reviews from both critics and audiences alike.

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    Jim West Puppets AESOP'S FABLES

    PJ December 6 - 24

    New York City-based Jim West Puppets debuted in Asia with a three-week run. Master puppeteer and author Jim West presented seven of Aesop's tales and delighted young audiences and their families with his unique combination of puppetry, humour, classical music and the hilarious antics of Moral the dog!

  • 2006

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    Gamarjobat THE BOXER

    KL March 3 - 19

    Gardner & Wife's first show from Asia created tremendous word-of-mouth excitement, playing to frequent standing ovations thus proving why this "shut up comedy" won top comedy awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival two years running – Best Dubble Act 2004 and the Tap
    Water Award 2005.

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    The Dream Academy WANTON ME

    KL  March 16 - 28

    This Singaporean cabaret performed to enthusiastic fans of Hossan Leong and Selena Tan – winner of Best Comedy Actress at the Asian Television Awards in 2004 & 2005. This was a co-production with Singapore's The Dream Academy.

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    The Dream Academy BROADWAY AH BENG!

    KL July 4 - 16

    Gardner & Wife's second co-production with Singapore's The Dream Academy, and our first non-English language show. Sebastian Tan and his three "chio bu"s (chorus girls) performed mostly in the Hokkien dialect.

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    Bruce Kuhn's 

    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST LUKE

    KL & S'pore Sept 12 - Oct 1

    This show was a departure for Gardner & Wife with Bruce Kuhn's remarkable dramatisation of the Biblical chapter
    created a unique theatrical combination of sacred literature and acting
    prowess.

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    Pluck's THE SPECIALISTS

    KL Oct 24 - Nov 12

    "The Specialists" saw the return of UK string trio PLUCK back in Kuala Lumpur for a three-week engagement. The award-winning
    Edinburgh Fringe favourites delighted old and new fans with their irreverent mix of music and comedy.

  • 2005

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    John Breen

    ALONE IT STANDS

    KL April 5 - 16

    This rugby comedy in co-production with the Embassy of Ireland received a standing ovation at the Irish Ambassador’s Gala and a very enthusiastic response during its two weeks run. Its award-winning writer & director John Breen also conducted a Q&A for a school audience in the first week.

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    Dr Bunhead

    RECIPES FOR DISASTER

    KL October 8 - 23

    The "resident scientist" of Sky TV's "Brainiac" television programme, Tom Pringle aka Dr Bunhead, delighted both children and adults alike with his unusual combination of science trivia & stage comedy. He also re-created his Guinness World Record-winning stunt of making the fastest potato chips in town!

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    Those Indian Guys

    D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE & FROM INDIA WITH LOVE

    KL  June 7 - 28

    Our first kiwi show was also the first to extend its run! Direct from a sell-out season at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, they performed D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE to packed houses for one week, followed by two weeks of its prequel, FROM INDIA WITH LOVE.

  • 2004

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    James Campbell

    COMEDY FOR KIDS

    Penang Feb 11

    KL PJ S'pore Feb 13-15

    Gardner & Wife's first production for children came directly from two seasons in London's West End. The “universe's first stand-up comic for kids” was our first South-East Asian tour of Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Singapore.

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    Marie Jones

    STONES IN HIS POCKETS

    PJ KL April 26 - May 1

    Recipient of Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play, this was our second West End show, co-produced with the Embassy of Ireland to celebrate Ireland's 2004 Presidency of the European Union. Actors Sean Sloan and Kieran Lagan received a standing ovation, and went on to a week of full houses.

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    Jeanie Linders

    MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL

    PJ KL July 5 - 25

    The U.S. cast of our second co-production with The Embassy of the United States of America raised over RM400K for the Tunku Nurul Hayati Foundation at the royal charity premiere graced by the Yang DiPertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, HRH Tuanku Ja’afar and his consort, HRH Tunku Najihah.

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    Pluck

    MUSICAL ARSON

    PJ KL Sept 7 - 19

    Coming directly from their third sell-out season at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, PLUCK performed "Musical Arson" for two weeks to packed houses. Winner of the prestigious Tap Water Award at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival premiered as a charity performance for the National Cancer Society.

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    LITTLE VIOLET & THE ANGEL

    PJ KL Dec 9 - 30

    The first three performances of this show were charity fundraisers for Calvary Life Ministries. With original music and lyrics composed by Patrick Jonathan plus 3 Romanian-made puppets courtesy of London’s Theatre Centre, this local-cast production played for more than three weeks over Christmas.

  • 2003

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    SYLVIA

    S'pore  Aug 8 - 23

    Co-produced by Gardner & Wife and Singapore theatre company, iTheatre. Performed at Alliance Française Singapore, with Chae Lian as the feisty dog, Sean Yeo, John Faulkner and Bridget Therese.

  • 2002

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    A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO FORUM

    KL April 19 - May 11

    Gardner & Wife's production of the Stephen Sondheim show starred the irrepressible Chef Wan and a cast of seventeen. Despite competition from the mega-musical Fame, the show drew favourable reviews for British musical director, Simon Grey, and his excellent work with the all-Malaysian nine-piece orchestra.

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    AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'

    Penang June 22

    KL June 26 - July 6

    The all-American cast for the three-time Tony Award-winningFats Waller musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' filled Dewan Sri Pinang as part of the YTL-Penang ArtsFestival before returning to The Parkroyal for a ten-day run. The cast were also invited to sing at the U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July celebrations.

  • 2001

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    RELATIVELY SPEAKING

    KL  March 23 - April 14

    Alan Ayckbourn's RELATIVELY SPEAKING starred Malaysian film star Sofia Jane and West End actor Nick Barnes. The production represented several firsts: the first sale of theatre tickets online and the first West End actor to be hired by a local theatre company.

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    NUNSENSE

    KL August 24 – Sept 15

    For this musical comedy, American musical director, Holland Jancaitis was brought in. With choreography by Dr. Joseph Gonzales (Head of Dance, Akademi Seni Kebangsaan), it broke every then-existing box-office record by playing to 6,500 people over the course of three-and-a-half-weeks.

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    CHARLEY's AUNTIE

    KL Oct 26 – Nov 17

    Restaged with an entirely new cast, including Louisa Chong (2+1,Jangan Ketawa), Zaibo (Under One Roof, Spanar Jaya), Manomaniam (Kopitiam, Anna and The King), Manesh Nesaratnam (All Mixed Up) and Taj (pop group Innuendo). Rashid Salleh returned to the cast but this time playing the lead

  • 2000

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    CHARLEY's AUNTIE

    KL Sept 15 – Oct 5

    The first show produced and directed by the future Gardner& Wife, CHARLEY’S AUNTIE! was completely rewritten and updated from Oxford
    University 1892 to Malaya circa 1965. Starring film and TV actors Azean
    Irdawaty, Indi Nadarajah, JoannaBessey, Rashid Salleh and Benji.

  • THANKS

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    The Life

    Theatre is not just a passion. It's a way of life. Thanks for being part of it!

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    Contact

    Richard Harding Gardner

    richard.harding.gardner@gmail.com

    +6017 331 5069

    www.PuppyTraining.my