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The Words and Music of Jacques Brel

Sat 19 Oct - Sun 20 Oct

Two of New Zealand’s most revered musicians, Jon Toogood and Julia Deans pay homage to the great Jacques Brel. Joining them is celebrated singer/songwriter Tama Waipara and New Zealand’s First Lady of cabaret, the distinguished Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

Four extraordinary music talents interpreting the genius that is Brel. Songs which tell stories about how life hurts, youth dies, understanding heals, love warms. Brel’s narratives portray people who are unwilling, in spite of all that they experience, to abandon either the joy of life or the hope that makes life worth living. His music has influenced the likes of Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Marianne Faithful, Tom Waits and many more.

Show Times

  • Saturday, 7.30pm
  • Sunday, 7.30pm
  • Ticket Prices

    ( A Reserve )
    ( B Reserve )
    Under 18
    ( A Reserve )
    Under 18
    ( B Reserve )
    ( Show and Dinner at The Vic )


    • Brel is an unusual and thrilling show that thoroughly deserved its standing ovation.
      The 13th Floor

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    Along with a live four-piece band, this all-star cast sets the stage for cabaret noir; an atmosphere reminiscent of those smoky, dimly lit underground bars in New York and Berlin, where the music flows as effortlessly as the old school charm and swagger.

    Profound. Intimate. Bold. Cabaret noir.

    Brought to you by:

    Nelson Arts Festival


    • Jon Toogood
    • Julia Deans


    • Tama Waipara

    First Lady of cabaret

    • Jennifer Ward-Lealand

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    Venue: The Theatre Royal

    78 Rutherford St

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