Dates and times

  • Wed, Oct 26 - 8:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 27 - 8:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 28 - 8:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 29 - 3:30pm
  • Sat, Oct 29 - 8:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 30 - 3:30pm


The PumpHouse Theatre


All Tickets $30.00
Friends of The PumpHouse $27.00
Group 10+ $25.00

Additional fees

Booking Fee $5.00 per booking

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The riotous new musical Fire on the River is set during the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Historic characters and first-hand on-the-spot accounts from London writers are woven into the narrative and accompanied by 28 musical numbers spanning genres and generations!

Far from a quiet history lesson, Fire on the River embodies some of the major personalities of the day – combining humour with romance, a touch of drama and a lot of original songs and lyrics.

The characters include; famous writers Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, the newly restored monarch King Charles II and his vampy mistress Nell Gwynne, the squabbling Farriners who owned the Bakery in Pudding Lane where the fire started, scary Mother Shipton who foretold London’s destruction by fire and a very pompous Lord Mayor, Sir Robert Bludworthy.

September 1st 1666, a boy and a girl meet at the historic Queenhithe Market by the River Thames. London is only just recovering from last year’s eruption of rats, spreading a deadly plague to thousands, meanwhile a long spell of hot dry weather has seen the medieval City of London become tinder dry.

Everything is pointing to a perfect (fire) storm.

Click the link below to hear the writer Graeme Webber talk about his inspiration for the show on Arts on Sunday with Lynn Freeman


Nik Smythe (Theatreview): Graeme John Webber has achieved something only a handful of New Zealanders can lay claim to: writing, composing and producing an original full-scale musical. For this alone he should be quite proud, as must his sizeable cast and crew who span a few generations and degrees of performance experience. Read more »

Dionne Christian: It's certainly a sizzling moment in history to recreate: a time of massive upheaval, Charles II restored to the Monarchy after hard-line puritan Oliver Cromwell's 11-year rule and a city recovering from a devastating plague outbreak. Read more »