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Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

By Dave Malloy

From the celebrated and award-winning composer Dave Malloy comes Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, "both the most innovative and the best new musical to open on Broadway since Hamilton!" — The New York Times.

With an astronomical 12 Tony Award® nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, this unprecedented Broadway sensation has been hailed by critics and audiences worldwide as a ground-breaking modern masterpiece.  Featuring a breathtaking and daring score inspired by folk, indie-rock and electro-pop, this form-defying musical is one of the most exciting shows ever seen on Broadway.


Now making its way from New York City to Te Whanganui-a-Tara in 2024, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 invites audiences to step inside a world of opulent excess, hedonism, and profound passion to experience this musical adaptation of a scandalous slice of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.


Set against the backdrop of 19th-century Russia, refracted through a modern lens, young and impulsive Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines of war. When she falls under the intoxicating spell of the roguish Anatole, it falls to Pierre, a family friend in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the fragments of her shattered fate.


Playing at the newly reopened Hannah Playhouse, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is set to be nothing short of an extraordinary musical experience.

Presented by WITCH Music Theatre

Creative Producers Ben Emerson Joshua Tucker

Co-Directors Maya Handa Naff & Nick Lerew

Music Director Hayden Taylor

Choreographer Greta Casey-Solly (Te Atiawa)

This performance contains flashing lights, sudden loud noises, prop guns, and mature themes including addiction, mental illness, self-harm, suicide, and a derogatory term for Romani people is used.

25 April – 4 May
Hannah Playhouse

Preview 24 April

Tuesdays - Saturdays: 7.30 pm
Saturday Matinee: 2 pm
Sunday: 6.30 pm
Tickets from $35 - $55
Run time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Broadway premiere presented by Howard & Janet Kagen, Paula Marie Black, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Jenny Steingart and Jason Eagan, Mary Lu Roffe and Susan Gallin, Diana DiMenna, Mary Maggio/Sharon Azrieli/Robin Gorman, Darren Sussman/Roman Gambourg/Lev Gelfer, Tom Smedes, John Logan, Lisa Matlin, Margie and Bryan Weingarten, Daveed Frazier, Argyle Productions/Jim Kierstead, In Fine Company/Hipzee, Gutterman & Caiola/Backdrop Partners, Siderow Kirchman Productions/Sunnyspot Productions, Gordon/Meli Theatricals, Rodger Hess/Larry Toppall, Daniel Rakowski/Matt Ross/Ben Feldman, Mike Karns, The American Repertory Theatre (Diane Paulus, Artistic Director; Diane Quinn, Executive Producer; Diane Borger, Producer), and Ars Nova. Originally commissioned, developed, and world premiere produced by Ars Nova; Jason Eagan, Founding Artistic Director; Renee Blinkwolt, Managing Director. Further developed and produced by the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University; Diane Paulus, Artistic Director; Diane Quinn, Executive Producer; Diane Borger, Producer.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is presented by arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Listen to the Broadway cast recording

The Hannah Playhouse has an accesible lift. There are designated accesible seats available, including a wheelchair seats. There is an accesible toilet on level 1. Please find out more on Hannah Playhouse's website.



“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 feels like a party from start to end: lively, intelligent and utterly engrossing.”

– Time Out


Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

Winner of 2 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design and Lighting Design

Winner of 4 Drama Desk Awards.


“When the dancers are leaping, the accordions wheezing, the lights flashing, the skirts swirling, and the vodka flowing, then Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 feels thrillingly unlike anything else on Broadway.”

– The Guardian

"Chandeliers and caviar. The war can’t touch us here."

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