The giddy atmosphere of 1920s Paris and Spain explodes from the stage in this unique dramatisation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic first novel, The Sun Also Rises.

Set in the jazz age of post–World War I Europe, a group of lost expats drinks away the horrors of war in a quest for freedom, love and life. Hemingway’s text is brought to life by the highly acclaimed New York ensemble Elevator Repair Service in an energetic, riotous, genre-defying stage performance.

“Dazzlingly free and inventive” and “profoundly intelligent” (The Scotsman), The Select (The Sun Also Rises) effortlessly rises to the challenge of its ambitions, and from this classic of American literature, a new classic of American theatre is born.

★★★★★  Time Out New York

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"It's a beautifully sophisticated and subtle – and very real – story, remarkable in how relatable it is now, even though this is 1925," says Director John Collins on RNZ's Upbeat.

"The banter among the characters seemed to have been written for our actors," John Collins on Stuff.

"The music, dialogue and wine all flow like blood in the final scene of Hamlet" on Scoop.

Post-show Artist Talk: Tue 27 Feb, Opera House auditorium

The performance on Sun 25 Feb at 12.30pm will be audio described. To book audio description tickets call the Festival on 04 912 0411 or email

Opera House

3hrs 10mins (incl. interval)

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