Archived: The Pickle King

Indian Ink Theatre Company's 20th anniversary show

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.

“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. This timeless tale highlights the injustices of immigration and globalisation, and having the courage to love, no matter your gender. 

Three of the original production team, Justin Lewis, Director, John Verryt, Set and Costume Designer, and Jo Kilgour, Lighting Designer, will be collaborating alongside the Music Director, Ben Wilcock, to create a vibrant theatrical experience.

"A package of good plain laughs, luminous performances and brilliant staging” - Dominion Post

Contact details

Q Theatre Rangatira
305 Queen Street
2 - 19 August 2017
+64 9 309 9771
$30 - $180, booking fees may apply