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Duration: 22 November - 21 December 2014

Written by: Michael Nicholas Williams
Directed by: Michael Nicholas Williams


Songs to die for.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the theatre… Dead Tragic, the cult musical of the 90s returns with the (mostly) original cast. We are so excited to add the talented Lyndee-Jane Rutherford to the cast for this demand Wellington return season!

So, who shot who at the Copacabana?
What did they do to Maria? (When they did what they did to Maria!)
Why did Billy Joe MacAllister jump off the Tallahatchie Bridge?

These, and many other mysteries of pop music, may be answered by Dead Tragic!

“Dead Tragic is the most fun I’ve ever had doing a show,” says writer, musician and performer Michael Nicholas Williams. “Since our first production in 1991, we’ve included extra songs and evolved with new Music Licensing rules (bye-bye Bee gees!) and we can’t wait to . . . kill you not-so-softly with our song!” 

Featuring more than 20 macabre hits (and misses) from the 50s, 60s and 70s, this variety show of woe is a toe tapping, riotous night out – perfect for Christmas celebrations or a family fun night out!


  • Starring: Emma Kinane, Jon Pheloung, Lyndee-Jane Rutherford, Michael Nicholas Williams and Darren Young

  • 22 November − 21 December

    Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm

    Sunday 4.30pm

  • $46 Adults

    $38 Concessions

    $33 Friends of Circa (until 7 December)

    $39 Groups 6+ $36 Groups 20+

    $25 Under 25s

  • Dead Tragic Reviews

    “Circa has another hit show suitable for the pre-Christmas season despite Michael Nicolas Williams’ gloomy title. Let me hasten to add the title is ironic and this musical revue is anything but gloomy.” Laurie Atkinson, The Dominion Post, 1 December 2014 (read in full here)

    “Dead Tragic is a hilarious mixture of tragic songs, excellent singing and joyful acting, playing in Circa2 until 21 December.” David Farrar, Kiwiblog, 1 December (read in full here)

    Dead Tragic is ideal end-of-year fare, bound to make you feel better about your own lot in life and send you humming into the night.” John Smythe, Theatreview, 24 November 2014 (read in full here)


“A brilliant show and a must-see” – Palmerston North Tribune
“Manic, black-comic zest” – Theatreview


Warning: Flashing Lights

Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (with interval)