Due to recent announcements by the Australian and New Zealand Governments restricting mass gatherings for an undetermined time period the Ben Elton – “Live 2020” Tour is being rescheduled.

Ben Elton – “Live 2021” will now be scheduled as follows:

Tue 18 May 2021 – Auckland, The Civic (previously 9 May 2020)

All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows without need for exchange. Patrons unable to attend the new dates can obtain a full refund from the point of purchase. Refunds should be submitted prior to 5pm, Sun 7 June 2020.

For any further ticket inquiries please reach out to point of purchase, or visit: https://bit.ly/2YdJ7rs

To request a refund, please contact Ticketmaster by submitting your request HERE prior to 5pm, Sun 7 June 2020.


Ben Elton will tour New Zealand with a brand-new stand-up show, Ben Elton Live in May 2020. He last performed stand-up in New Zealand in 2006 but has now returned to the stage, having recently completed a sell-out 75-date UK tour.

Ben Elton exploded onto the comedy scene more than 30 years ago, hosting Channel 4’s groundbreaking Saturday Live. Since then Elton has achieved huge success as a stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director. He's written television shows such as The Young Ones, Blackadder 2, Blackadder The Third, Blackadder Goes Forth, The Thin Blue Line, the famous ‘exam’ episode of Mr Bean and many more, as well writing and directing two feature films: 2000’s Maybe Baby and 2017’s Australian-made Three Summers. In 2018, he wrote Kenneth Branagh’s critically acclaimed biopic of William Shakespeare All Is True which starred Judi Dench and Ian McKellen. Earlier this month, the live theatre production of his hit BBC TV series Upstart Crow opened at The Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End.

A highly respected author, Elton has published 16 best-selling novels, six of which became number one bestsellers. Elton is also widely known for his writing for the stage which includes three smash hit West End plays and the global phenomenon We Will Rock You based on the music of British rock legends Queen.  A serial award winner, he has won three BAFTAs, two Laurence Olivier Awards, The Royal Television Society Writer’s Award, The Golden Dagger UK Crime Writer of the Year AwardThe Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Eurovision Golden Rose D’Or Lifetime Achievement Award.

As Ben says: "The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn."

Ticket Pricing

Pricing Information

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing agent for all ticketed events at Auckland Live.

For all ticketed events in Auckland Live venues – the ticket price plus service fees and credit card charges will apply.

Front Row VIP
Includes: One Premium Reserved Seat in the front row; One drink voucher to redeem for a beer, wine or soft drink; Priority Entry into the venue; Designated VIP check-in and onsite host
Hot Seat
Includes: One Premium Reserved Seat in the first twelve rows; One drink voucher to redeem for a beer, wine or soft drink; Priority Entry into the venue; Designated VIP check-in and onsite host

Upcoming Performances

$69.90 - $149.90
The Civic, Auckland