EARLIER SHOWS

 Malaysia's busiest presenter of international family-friendly theatre.  

SEASON 2019

The Way Back Home 
by Big Wooden Horse 
Kuala Lumpur
12 - 25 November, 2019

Adam Bampton-Smith's brilliant adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' THE WAY BACK HOME returned to the PJ Live Arts stage with Malaysian actor/singers Junji Delfino (seen in Gardner & Wife's productions of Nunsense, Sheer Madness, and many others, including Instant Cafe's productions) and Christian Palencia from Sabah.

THE BEAR
by Pins & Needles Theatre
PJ Live Arts
1 - 21 October, 2019

With dazzling puppetry, delicious music, dreamy storytelling, and dozens of  laughs, Raymond Brigg's THE BEAR was a wonderful mix of lifesize puppets and live actors. It was brought to us by UK's Pins & Needles Theatre on their first visit to Malaysia - and hopefully, not their last! 

MONSTERSAURUS
by Big Wooden Horse
PJ Live Arts
6 - 19 May, 2019   

UK's The Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company  returned with Claire Freedman's MONSTERSAURUS. Monty is an ambitious  young scientist, but his inventions don’t always work – his walking  toaster runs away and his robot goes beserk… in this energetic  re-thinking of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort’s best-seller, adapted and  directed by Adam Bampton-Smith. 

THE GRUFFALO
by Tall Stories UK
PJ Live Arts
25 Feb - 24 March, 2019   

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 

TWELFTH NIGHT
by The Handlebards
PJ Live Arts
14-20 February, 2019 

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 heartbreaking  comedy! With true HandleBards incredible energy, whirlwind physical  theatre and some clever improv, every word spoken is Shakespeare - and  they make every word work! 

 SEASON 2018

Aliens Love Underpants 
by Big Wooden Horse & Nick Brooke Ltd 
PJ Live Arts
12 Nov - 2 December, 2018
The best-selling children’s book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort is  brought to pant-astic life by director and adapter, Adam Bampton-Smith  of Big Wooden Horse (Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus; Stuck; and  Monstersaurus - coming here next year). A big favorite in the West End  and on Broadway, it was fresh, funny and full of lots and lots of pants.

The Man Who Planted Trees 
by Edinburgh State Puppet Theatre 
Komtar, Penang 
27 - 28 September, 2018
PJ Live Arts
8 - 13 October, 2018
Exactly ten years after Edinburgh's Puppet State Theatre made their Asia  debut here, Richard Medrington & Rick Conte returned with their  wonderful story of THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES (with much assistance from  Dog). This time we took them to Johor Bahru - our first time to take a  show there - as well as Penang, Publika, and PJ Live Arts. 

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! 
by Big Wooden Horse 
PJ Live Arts
 1 - 21 May
UK's 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's adapted and directed for the  stage by Big Wooden Horse’s artistic director, Adam Bampton-Smith.  Remember: "DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!" 

Lost And Found 
by Little Blue Monster Theatre 
PJ Live Arts 
5 - 25 March
Bill Davies and his brand-new theatre company, 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. 

As You Like It 
by The Handlebards 
Komtar, Penang
29 - 30 January
PJ Live Arts
1 - 10 February
For the fourth time back here, 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. 

 SEASON 2017

Dogs Don't Do Ballet 
by Blunderbus Theatre 
PJ Live Arts
1 - 23 November
This marked the EIGHTH time Blunderbus Theatre has brought their shows  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! 

Stuck 
by Big Wooden Horse 
PJ Live Arts 
8 - 28 May
Komtar, Penang 
10 - 11 May
After STUCK's successful run here in 2014 - and many requests for it to  return, we created a local-cast version we can present "on demand"!  STUCK's creator and director Adam Bampton-Smith (UK's Big Wooden Horse)  came out to audition and rehearse Safia Hanifar and Aaron Teoh as Mum  and Floyd with choregraphy by Farah Sulaiman. We'll look forward to  getting STUCK again...! 

Emily Brown And The Thing 
by Tall Stories Theatre 
PJ Live Arts
20 Feb - 12 March
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. With Isla Shaw's imaginative interlocking set, and  Olivia Jacobs direction, her adaptation whisks Emily, her rabbit and the  spellbound audience through all the book's different adventures - and  took our young audiences with them! 

Romeo & Juliet 
by The Handlebards 
Komtar, Penang
24 - 27 February
PJ Live Arts
27 Feb - 10 March
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! Another incredible show. Well done  #HBGirls!" They're back in February, 2018, with their all-female As You  Like It! 

SEASON 2016

Monstersaurus 
by Big Wooden Horse 
Ipoh 
1 November
PJ Live Arts
2 -20 November
Penang
11 November
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 (here earlier in The Way Back Home); Mark Collier (here earlier  in Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark); and Sophie Steel. A very funny  adaptation of the well-known book, it toured to Penang, Ipoh and several  schools. 

Much Ado About Nothing 
by The Handlebards 
PJ Live Arts
11 - 21 October
Ipoh
12 October
Penang 
23 - 24 October
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!  Here's hoping we won't have to wait another 400 years before they're  back! 

Nunsense 
by Gardner & Wife Theatre 
PJ Live Arts 
13 July - 7 August
Penang 
27 - 31 July
Fifteen years after its original KL production, we brought NUNSENSE  back with Shanthini Venugopal reprising her original role as Mother  Superior, plus the wonderful talents of Junji Delfino, Elvira Arul,  Nicole-Ann Thomas, Teresa Goh with Llew Marsh as Musical Director, and  Dr. Joseph Gonzales as choreographer (just before taking up his new  position as Head of Academic Affairs at the Hong Kong Academy of  Performing Arts). We will miss him! 

A Midsummer Night's Dream 
by The Handlebards 
Kuala Lumpur
28 Feb - 13 March
Penang 
10 - 11 March
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 to  watch it twice! 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! 

The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark 
by Blunderbus Theatre 
Kuala Lumpur
25 Feb - 23 March
Penang
11 March
UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company made their sixth visit to KL, returning  with their wonderful production of Jill Tomlinson's best-selling classic  book. Used to reassure generations of young children about the "scary"  dark, this charming 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!? 

SEASON 2015

The Nutcracker 
by Les Ballets Eloelle 
Penang 
26 - 29 November
Kuala Lumpur 
2 - 13 December
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!  

The Way Back Home 
by Big Wooden Horse 
Kuala Lumpur
19 Oct - 8 November
Penang 
30 October
UK's The Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company returned with  Oliver Jeffers'  THE WAY BACK HOME. Adapted and directed by Adam Bampton-Smith and  performed by the original UK Alien, Charlotte Cooper, with Harrison  Spiers as The Boy (both direct from the West End's Aliens Love  Underpants), The Way Back Home toured both Penang and PJ as well as  several schools! 

Shear Madness 
by Gardner & Wife Theatre 
Kuala Lumpur
10 May - 28 June
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! 

The Snail And The Whale 
by Tall Stories Theatre 
Kuala Lumpur
9 - 29 March
Penang 
20 March
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.  

SEASON 2014

Shear Madness 
by Gardner & Wife Theatre 
Kuala Lumpur
26 Nov - 7 December
Penang 
12 - 14 December
The SHEAR MADNESS Hair Salon, where the  audience gets to solve the murder, is now located right here in Petaling  Jaya! 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! 

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! 
by Big Wooden Horse 
20 Sep - 19 October
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!"  However, the Pigeon is very clever and whines, bribes, pleads and even  sings a song to get his own way… Beautifully adapted and directed for  the stage by Big Wooden Horse’s artistic director, Adam Bampton-Smith.  They’ll be back in 2015! 

Stuck 
by Big Wooden Horse 
20 Feb - 16 March
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! 

SEASON 2013

Aesop's Fables 
by Jim West Puppets 
18 Nov - 15 December
One of Gardner & Wife Theatre's favourites, New York City-based Jim West Puppets returned to Malaysia with their AESOP'S FABLES. Originally coming to us in 2007, a new generation of children sat  fascinated as 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! 

The Gruffalo 
by Tall Stories 
7 Oct - 3 November
A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood... and arrived in KL, PJ and Penang! Next stop: London's West End, where the three actors will perform THE GRUFFALO for six weeks over  Christmas. Tall Stories flagship show has wowed thousands of children since its 2001 debut at the Edinburgh Fringe. Directed by Olivia Jacobs, it wowed 'em here, too! Watch for their return! 

Men In Tutus 
by Les Ballets Eloelle 
2 - 23 June
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.  

How To Catch A Star 
by Blunderbus 
6 - 31 March
UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company made their sixth visit to Malaysia with HOW TO CATCH A STAR. The inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very own was beautifully directed and adapted for the stage by artistic director, Bill Davies with music and lyrics by Frank Goodhind from the bestselling children's book by award-winning author and designer, Oliver Jeffers.

SEASON 2012

La Traviata 
by The Merry Opera 
22 Nov - 9 December
One of Britain's best small opera companies brought us one of opera's best known classics - Verdi's Opera LA TRAVIATA. Set in modern London, and performed in English, they received rave reviews (And here, too!) Traveling first to Penang Performing Arts Centre, then back to PJ  Live Arts, they also performed 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.

Rockappella 
by Fork 
12 - 28 October
Fork's blockbusting show has been playing to sold out houses in Scandinavia, Russia, Edinburgh, the US - and 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!  

D'Arranged Marriage 
by Those Indian Guys 
10 - 13 May
What can you say about a show which returns to Kuala Lumpur time and time again - and fills the theatre! This time  it was the turn of co-creator, Raj Varma, to delight audiences which his one-man tour de force. Raj flew from New York, where he now  lives, to KL for a short 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! 

The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark 
by Blunderbus 
8 March - 1 April
UK's  Blunderbus Theatre Company made their fifth visit to KL, and their first visit to the brand-new Performing Arts Centre of 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! 

SEASON 2011

Dinosaurs! 
by Jim West Puppets 
23 November - 11 December
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 - and with nothing more than a few old cardboard boxes and some great music, kept our young audiences enraptured! He and Jeremy held several - totally full - workshops for children and their parents, and taught them THE best way to recycle cardboard!

The Selfish Crocodile 
by Blunderbus Theatre 
4 - 22 October
UK's Blunderbus Theatre for children returned with the very 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 and saw audiences of all ages respond enthusiastically to their giant puppetry, catchy songs, comedic characters - and above all, the company's tremendous ability to imaginatively interact with their young audiences.

Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones 
by Bunk Puppets 
10 - 15 May
Wining awards at both Adelaidenand 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! He'll be back.

More Fun Than A Will! 
by List Operators 
3 - 22 May
Gardner & Wife's first show to blatantly advertise itself as “guaranteed non-educational” was a tremendous hit with both parents and teachers. 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”! MORE FUN THAN A WII was exactly that! They'll be back (in May 2012)

Elmer The Elephant 
by Blunderbus Theatre 
3 - 20 March
UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company made their third visit with their production of David McKee's children's classic ELMER THE ELEPHANT. Student groups from over 20 international schools, learning centres and kindergartens based in 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.

D'Arranged Marriage 
by Those Indian Guys 
14 - 20 February
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 making 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.

SEASON 2010

Musical Arson : Reignited 
by Pluck 
6 - 23 October
Gardner & Wife's most "when-are-they-coming-back-again" requested show, came back for another three-week run with their two new cast members, Kit Massey and Flora Allison, and led by the very able 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

Giraffes Can't Dance 
by Blunderbus Theatre 
8 - 20 March
Gardner & Wife's first production at the newly-established PJ Live Arts theatre welcomed the return of Blunderbus Theatre Company to Malaysia. With flights sponsored by Gulf Air, GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE performed to almost 5,000 children from over 20 schools. Its success also extended to bookseller partner Roving Books selling out its entire stock of GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE storybooks & activity books during the two-week run.

Men In Tutus 
by Les Ballet Grandiva 
8 - 17 January
In January 2010, 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 Esplanade Theatre in Singapore. Where, this time under the guidance of their new Artistic Director, Brian Norris, they yet again performed to full houses and enthusiastic audiences.

SEASON 2009

Volcano Head 
by Dr. Bunhead 
20 - 30 May
With support from Mox-Linde, the resident scientist of the UK Sky TV's "Brainiac" and "Blue Peter", returned to delight and terrify both 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!

Men In Tutus 
by Les Ballet Grandiva 
8 - 17 May
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.

Wicked Wizards 
by Barry & Stuart 
3 - 15 March
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!

SEASON 2008

Souvenir 
19 Dec - 4 January 2009
Canadian singer Gabrielle Maes made her Malaysian debut in Stephen Temperley's award-winning 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, Cosme McMoon.

Aesop's Fables 2 
by Jim West Puppets 
28 Nov - 14 December
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 Lay the Golden Egg, The Oak and the Reed, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Lion and his Councillors, and The Stargazer.

The Man Who Planted Trees 
by Edinburgh State Puppet Theatre 
Penang 
7 October
Kuala Lumpur
 9 - 19 October
Award-winning Edinburgh Puppet State Theatre made their Asian debut with performances of Jean Giono's classic story. The show received rave reviews from critics and audiences of all ages.

Western 
by Gamarjobat 
30 Sep - 19 October
On their third visit to Kuala Lumpur, the mime duo presented their 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.

Forever Plaid 
2 - 20 July
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.

The Selfish Crocodile 
by Blunderbus Theatre 
15 - 27 April
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.

A Night On Broadway 
14 - 24 February
Melbourne-based ensemble Pot Pourri was Gardner & Wife Theatre's first show from Australia. The repertoire of opera and musical theatre favourites quickly produced an excited following and full houses, with some fans returning more than once to catch the four singers and their pianist.

SEASON 2007

Aesop's Fables 
by Jim West Puppets 
6 - 24 December
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!

D'Arranged Marriage 
by Those Indian Guys 
4 - 23 December
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.

Menopause The Musical 
27 June - 5 August
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.

The Boxer 
by Gamarjobat 
30 Jan - 11 February
 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.

SEASON 2006

The Specialists 
by Pluck 
24 Oct - 12 November
"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 unique combination of classical music skills and contemporary comic talent.

The Gospel According to St. Luke 
by Bruce Kuhn 
12 Sep - 1 October
This show was a departure from Gardner & Wife's traditional comedic genre. Bruce Kuhn's remarkable dramatisation of the Biblical chapter created a unique theatrical combination of sacred literature and acting prowess.

Broadway Ah Beng! 
4 - 16 July
Gardner & Wife's second co-production with Singapore-based 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.

Wanton Me! 
16 - 28 March
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 Gardner & Wife's first co-production with Singapore-based The Dream Academy.

The Boxer 
by Gamarjobat 
3 - 19 March
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.

SEASON 2005

D'Arranged Marriage & From India With Love 
by Those Indian Guys 
7 - 12, 27 & 28 June
14 - 26 June
Our first kiwi show from New Zealand, was also the first to extend its run! Direct from a sell-out season at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, "Those Indian Guys" - performed D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE to packed houses for one week, followed by two weeks of its prequel, FROM INDIA WITH LOVE.

Recipes For Disaster 
by Dr. Bunhead 
8 - 23 October
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!

Alone It Stands 
5 - 16 April
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.

SEASON 2004

Little Violet And The Angel 
9 - 30 December
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 X’mas.

Musical Arson 
by Pluck 
7 - 19 September
Coming directly from their third sell-out season at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, PLUCK performed "Musical Arson" for two weeks to packed houses. This winner of the prestigious Tap Water Award at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival premiered as a charity performance for the National Cancer Society.

Menopause The Musical 
5 - 24 July
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.

Stones In His Pockets 
26 April - 1 May
Gardner & Wife's second West End show, STONES IN HIS POCKETS, was 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.

Comedy For Kids 
by James Campbell 
Penang 
11 February
Kuala Lumpur
13 - 15 February
Petaling Jaya
17 March
Singapore 
20 March
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.

SEASON 2003

Sylvia 
8 - 23 August
Co-produced by Gardner & Wife and Singapore theatre company, I Theatre whose parent company, Imaginarts has been entertaining and educating Singaporean schoolchildren since 1999. The cast included Chae Lian as the feisty dog, Sean Yeo, John Faulkner and Bridget Therese.
 

SEASON 2002

Ain't Misbehavin' 
Penang 
22 June
Kuala Lumpur
26 June - 6 July
The all-American cast for the three-time Tony Award-winning Fats Waller musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' filled Dewan Sri Pinang as part of the YTL-Penang Arts Festival 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.

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Forum 
19 April - 11 May
This 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 nine-piece orchestra.

SEASON 2001

Charley's Auntie 
26 Oct - 17 November
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.

Nunsense 
24 August - 15 September
For this musical comedy, American musical director, Holland Jancaitis was brought in. With choreography by 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.

Relatively Speaking 
23 March - 14 April
Alan Ayckbourn's RELATIVELY SPEAKING starred Malaysian film star Sofia Jane and West End actor Nick Barnes. This 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

SEASON 2000

Charley's Auntie 
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, Joanna Bessey, Rashid Salleh and Benji.