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Neil Thornton in 'Circus of Shame'

Neil Thornton in 'Circus of Shame'

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  • Thu 6 May, 10:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Fri 7 May, 10:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sat 8 May, 10:00pm – 11:00pm


The Classic Comedy Club - Studio, Level 1, 321 Queen St, Auckland CBD



Ticket Information:

  • Fri / Sat Full Price: $25.05
  • Thu Saver $20: $23.00

The Classic presents Neil Thornton in his new solo show 'Circus of Shame'

Comedian and local gay icon Neil D'Bear Thornton (seen on The Project and After Hours) invites you to a ring-side seat at the circus of his psyche. For your amusement and delight, he'll dive head first into the shallow pools of shame, both personal and cultural, swing on the flying trapeze of embarrassment, and walk the tightrope of self-revelation, all without a net. Expect death-defying feats of brutal honesty.

"Thornton is just a master of the craft of comedy." – Theatreview
"A bold performer with intelligent material. Constantly amusing and thought-provoking." – Ruminator
"I laughed until I cried and nearly got thrown out for snorting into my beer." – The Residents

Winner – Best Comedian 2020, Wellington Comedy Awards
Winner – Best Male Comedian 2020, Cartel Comedy Awards
Winner – Best Industry Helper 2018, 2019, & 2020, Wellington Comedy Awards

May contain adult themes and colourful language.

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Please arrive 15 minutes before the advertised show start time. Please note that this show may be subject to lockout. If so, you will not be able to enter the venue after the start time.

The Classic Studio is on the 1st Floor up a flight of stairs. We apologise that access for wheelchairs & disabled customers is limited.

The Law: The Classic is a licensed premise ('Supervised 18+) requiring all minors (under 18) to be accompanied by THEIR parent at all times.
Anyone looking under 25 will be asked for ID in the form of : NZ Driver's License, Passport or HNZ 18+ Card only.
Shows have an age restriction of at least 14 years old accompanied by their parent.
Entry will not be granted to unaccompanied minors, those without ID or intoxicated persons.

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