A comedy about love, death and preserves

Rip the lid off a jar of utterly delicious theatre, bursting with wit, wonder and the faint whiff of death.

Sasha, the blind receptionist of the crumbling Empire Hotel, knows she is cursed – everything she loves dies. But when true love finds her, she can’t help falling. One night, Death checks into the hotel.

Belly laughs combine with throat-catching pathos to create a sophisticated modern fable that is “an intelligent and hilarious celebration of human resilience” – The Scotsman

The Pickle King is Indian Ink’s most awarded play; winning an Edinburgh Fringe First, a record seven nominations at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards and the supreme accolade – Production of the Year.

For their twentieth anniversary, they’ve made a significant change in this vintage Indian Ink script to centre the love story around a same sex couple. Whilst this contemporary update would have been a real statement 15 years ago – today it just reflects the diverse culture of New Zealand.

All wrapped up “in a package of good plain laughs, luminous performances and brilliant staging” (Dominion Post) this timeless tale highlights the injustices of immigration and globalisation, and having the courage to love, no matter your gender. 

The Pickle King Teaser from Indian Ink Theatre Company on Vimeo.

Have Your Say - The Pickle King from Indian Ink Theatre Company on Vimeo.


Please note: There will be a post-show Q & A on Thursday, Aug 3

Indian Ink

The extraordinary partnership of Justin Lewis and Jacob Rajan has become one of New Zealand’s most enduring and successful touring theatre companies. Our productions such as Krishnan’s Dairy, Guru of Chai and Kiss the Fish sell out regularly throughout NZ and around the world.

We make theatre that is beautiful, funny, sad and true. We want to leave an indelible imprint on your heart – that’s why we’re called Indian Ink!

Get the family together to experience this theatrical magic at the matinee on Sunday 13 August, 4pm

Special family ticket packages*:

  • Family premium (A reserve): $180 ($45 per extra, maximum of 6)
  • Family Saver (B reserve): $160 ($40 per extra, maximum of 6) 

*Two adults and two children. Weekend matinee only.

here’s also a special Super Gold Class ticket for Gold Card holders - take a further $5 off all reserves on the weekend matinee only.