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'Love Actually' in Concert Is Coming to New Zealand This Christmas to Spread Festive Rom-Com Cheer

To ‘Love Actually’ fans, this full orchestra-backed screening is perfect.
By Sarah Ward
October 14, 2022
By Sarah Ward
October 14, 2022

When the end of the year hits, do you get 'Christmas is All Around', as sung by Bill Nighy, stuck in your head? Have you ever held up a piece of cardboard to tell the object of your affection that, to you, they're perfect? Does your idea of getting festive involve watching Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson and Martin Freeman, all in the same movie?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you clearly adore everyone's favourite Christmas-themed British rom-com, its high-profile cast and its seasonal humour. And, you've probably watched the beloved flick every December since it was first released in cinemas back in 2003. That's a perfectly acceptable routine, and one that's shared by many. But this year, you can do one better.

A huge success during its past tours of the UK and Australia (to the surprise of absolutely no one), Love Actually in Concert is coming to Aotearoa in 2022 to make this festive season extra merry. It's exactly what it sounds like: a screening of the film accompanied by a live orchestra performing the soundtrack as the movie plays. And, to the jolly delight of New Zealanders, it's heading to Auckland and Christchurch.

Dates and times vary per city, but obviously you'll be getting your Love Actually fix in the lead up to Christmas.

Here, you'll revisit the Richard Curtis-written and -directed film that you already know and treasure, step through its interweaved Yuletide stories of romance, and hear a live orchestra play the movie's soundtrack. And, yes, Christmas (and love) will be all around you.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 21, but you can join the waitlist now.


Saturday, December 17 — Civic Theatre, Auckland
Sunday, December 18 — Town Hall, Christchurch

Love Actually in Concert will tour New Zealand this December — head to the event's website for further details, and to join the waitlist, with tickets going on sale on Friday, October 21.

Published on October 14, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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