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In Lismore NSW, on the 5th of December, there was one show only! McLeod’s Daughter Bush Christmas Reunion.

Many pre-show publicity appearances also took place.


What if two minor characters in Hamlet were given centre stage? In a dashing reversal of misfortune, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet’s student friends, now find themselves as the headline act in Shakespeare’s greatest play. There’s still no escaping their fate as pawns in Hamlet’s game of thrones, but before they are outwitted, the duo grab the spotlight and seize the moment as fearlessly funny commentators on their absurd predicament and the chaos of the universe.

From Oscar-winning playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), this immensely innovative work is a fresh inside-out perspective on Shakespeare and the comedy of tragedy itself. Delivered in a bantering, bickering style with wit and wisdom to burn, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is one of the savviest plays ever conceived – a dazzlingly irreverent modern classic every theatre lover must see.



“Lisa Chappell appears in Auckland Theatre Company’s Kensington Swan season of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (an inside-out comedy version of Hamlet), playing 11-26 September at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Here’s what she eats to fuel her through rehearsals.”

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A Variety Concert written and directed by Lisa Chappell (McLeod’s Daughters, Auckland Theatre
Company), and choreographed and produced by Catherine Chappell (Touch Compass Founder & New
Zealand Order of Merit) fundraising for local youth at risk.

“Youth today navigate a complex world that can present overwhelming challenges. Through song,
dance and comedy, this concert celebrates overcoming adversity and will hopefully inspire us all into
taking the Next Step towards living our best life.” – Lisa Chappell

Healing Through Arts has been working in the Auckland region for 25 years taking professional
theatre and workshops into hundreds of schools equipping young people with tools to become resilient,
compassionate and empowered.

Listen: Actress Lisa Chappell talks about coping with the vagaries of life click on link to hear the interview by Andrew Whiteside.





“I don’t know why but without exception every one of Jan’s professional students who have sung on stages all around the world, including the West End, say the Sing Stage is the hardest. I absolutely concur, especially when it involves the brilliance of musical theatre king – Stephen Sondheim. But I love a good challenge and this will be a fabulous show. I hope you can join us.” – Lisa 

2ND July, 7.30PM

The Rose Centre, School Road, BELMONT





56337034_2239298849460413_8392439450130448384_oMIDDLE AGE SPREAD
Tadpole Theatre Productions are celebrated Roger Hall turning 80 this year by staging his classic comedy Middle Age Spread for a limited season at The PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna

Directors Janice Finn and Louise Wallace assembled a talented cast.

The roles of the six reluctant guests were played by Anna Baird, Lisa Chappell, Barry de Lore, Scott Harding, Jane Hawkins and Benjamin Murray









Tongue Tied airs on Maori Television next Thursday, 19th July at 9pm.

“I’ve never laughed or had so much fun making a series in my entire telvision career, I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Lisa x



The entertainment highlight of the year, the ASB season of Shortland Street the Musical bursts onto the ASB Waterfront Theatre stage this November!
An affectionate parody of the soap genre and a celebration of our beloved Kiwi serial drama, the ASB season of Shortland Street the Musical is erupting with infectious tunes, side-splitting laughs and 90s throwbacks! Relive the cliffhanger storylines injected with gut-busting musical numbers including “Not in Guatemala Now” and “The Five Wives of Doctor Warner”.
The show will also be touring nationally in March and April 2019.





thatbloodywomanTHAT BLOODY WOMAN

New Zealand’s favourite daughter, Kate Sheppard, is transformed from the face on the $10 note into a hell raising, rocker feminist.

Armed with a mic and leading the charge to win women the vote, Kate takes on the patriarchy, public opinion and even Prime Minister Richard ‘King Dick’ Seddon.

Centrepoint Theatre is proud to present a brand new version of smash hit rock musical, That Bloody WomanStarring McLeod’s Daughters’ Lisa Chappell and supported by musicians and performers from the Manawatū community, witness New Zealand’s founding mother like you’ve never seen her before; loud, proud and in your face.


A Centrepoint Theatre production
By • Luke Di Somma and Gregory Cooper
Director • Lyndee-Jane Rutherford
Musical Director • Kane Parsons
Choreographer • Leigh Evans

Watch Lisa in Step Aside Carpool Karaoke



21950677_1931038426908179_7791717398363809822_oMCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS REUNITE

The lunches were a great success.

Eagle Rose Enterprises presented – McLeod’s Daughter Reunite.

Lisa Chappell – Bridie Carter – Myles Pollard – Aaron Jeffery – Zoe Naylor (to MC)







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Starring  Lisa Chappell and Paul Glover

Directed by Janice Finn

Two great actors play fourteen characters, from the bantering and bickering publican and his wife to a womanising would-be Lothario and his long suffering girlfriend.  There’s the ‘other woman’, hiding behind her sunglasses, trying to drum up courage to confront her married lover; the old man who takes quiet comfort in his memories of his late wife; the fat couple who come to the pub to eat crisps and watch TV; while a buttoned up headmistress type reveals her secret lust for “big men”.  In a series of sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, yet always incredibly human vignettes, each character or couple reflects fragments of ourselves as the play mines the depths of human experience.

“Brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic” Sunday Times, London

“There are laughter and tears along the way in this emotional rollercoaster” Manchester Evening News


16427458_10154954536529054_4864988220396131321_nPeer Gynt

“To live is to war with trolls in heart and woul. To write is to sit in judgement on oneself.” ― Henrik Ibsen, Peer Gynt

Classic Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and New Zealand playwright Eli Kent are going head to head in Peer Gynt [recycled]. These playwrights will be battling it out not only in text, but on stage. Catch Ibsen being reborn in Eli Kent’s Peer Gynt [recycled].

ASB Waterfront Theatre

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The Christmas Carol Olympics

The Silly Season is upon us and it doesn’t get much sillier than a
Christopher Guest look at the competitive world of amateur caroling.
Join us for fun, frivolity and fabulous carols this December with
Janice Webb’s stable of singers. Directed by Lisa Chappell












Desperate Remedies

“A delirious creation… Gainsborough on Acid” – Screen International

“Startling, voluptuous… witty sensual entertainment” – The Dominion

“Camper than a row of tents!” – Empire Magazine




The Pink Hammer

Laughter filled and heartwarming –  The Pink Hammer hits the nail on the head.

The Pumphouse







Poster image, painting by Ingrid Berzins. Poster design by Viv Skinner

Poster image, painting by Ingrid Berzins.
Poster design by Viv Skinner

The First Step

THE FIRST STEP is a celebration of art, healing and love with all proceeds going to help those in need.
I directed a creative collaboration between two awesome charities – Healing Through The Arts Trust and Bridge The Gap Project. Together we created a show filled with hope, art, music, song, dance and fashion which we inspired and entertained you.











Auckland’s A-List clusters in Clevedon for a glorious weekend of passes and pony shots. And a little polo. For handsome young waiter Matiu, it’s a golden opportunity to get ahead in a world where wealth must be obscene to be believed and horseplay is best enjoyed naked, up close and personal.

Armed with a six-pack and a smile, Matiu plunges into the glittering pool of privilege where every proposal is indecent and the predators are wicked, wanton and very well endowed. Saddle up for a raunchy, riotous ride on the wild side. Dean Parker lifts the lid on Auckland’s outrageously fortunate and filthy rich in a glossy summer satire with stick and balls. No one who’s anyone can afford to miss the world premiere scandal-fest of Polo!

I’m excited to be back in NZ working with Janice and all her wonderful students directing this years Christmas show.

Christmas can be a wonderful time if you have a home, a loving family and money but for those of us who don’t it can be very challenging.

The concert follows a group of refugees, homeless people and people living on their own using a mix of pop songs, an original, acapella and traditional Christmas songs to create a diverse and moving show.

* The homeless population has doubled in Auckland in the past 12 months.
* We have 59.5 million displaced people in the world right now.
* New Zealand hasn’t increased it’s refugee quota in 30 years.

We’re all in this together and I hope this show will help make a difference in it’s own small way.


socialclimbersSOCIAL CLIMBERS – By Rodger Hall


Six women, one DOC hut high on a mountain and a lot of rain – not the weekend they anticipated, or packed for!
This October Tadpole Productions will be bringing Roger Hall’s insightful situation comedy “Social Climbers” to the PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna,with a superb cast headlined by Lisa Chappell, Louise Wallace and Darien Takle. This production has recently been re-set in the present day, bringing a fresh take to the comedic situations.
A group of five female teachers (with one reluctantly accompanying daughter) embark on a weekend of mountain bushwalking, but torrential rain and a washed out bridge traps them in a DOC hut together for three days. What starts as a high school camp atmosphere rapidly disintegrates into behind the scenes on a reality show! The characters are instantly recognisable as so many of our friends, and even facets of ourselves, as truth, consequences and unexpected revelations, clarify what true friendship really means.

detroitDETROIT – By Lisa D’Amour

Ben and Mary live in a decaying suburb hard hit by economic downturn. He’s lost his job and she’s discovered alcohol. They fire up the barbeque to welcome the arrival of new neighbours; a couple broke and fresh out of rehab. As the night wears on confessions are shared, inhibitions are shed and bacchanalia ensues.

Lisa Chappell stars in the new Darlinghurst Theatre Company production of Detroit. – Daily Telegraph




Talent of this calibre is a rare and beautiful thing, and to see Chappell and Hytner invent something that moves us on so many levels, is awe-inspiring. – Suzy Go See

Bad Day Insurance will leave you scratching your head, even as you laugh it off. It’s another winning show from Lisa Chappell. – Lisa Thatcher

Photo by Nick Bowers





Lisa Chappell’s self-penned, one-woman show is a macabre comedy that takes us a million miles away from the wholesome, girl-next-door persona of McLeod’s Daughter. It’s wildly imaginative story telling. – NZ Herald

Lisa Chappell not only shows once again that she is one of New Zealand’s most watchable actors, with one of the most compelling voices heard in The Basement for a long time, she also reveals a playwright’s fine intellect and an appetite to write out on a limb. – Theatreview

Photo by Nick Bowers






“The show is entertaining, engaging, hilarious at points, yet quite heart-breaking in others. The music is spectacular and Chappell and Dikkenberg’s voices are like liquid gold.” Australian Stage Review

Lisa Chappell’s presence in the tiny Bordello Theatre is colossal, and her acting is faultless. Her drama and comedy are both high octane, but the gory authenticity she puts into her work makes every moment convincing. Chappell’s performance is determined to hit her audience like a ton of bricks. It is unabashed, unapologetic theatricality at its most flamboyant and audacious, and completely delicious. – Suzy Go See

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fallenangelsFallen Angels

Chappell and Dougan are a wonderful double act. They have our attention from beginning to end, completely in sync with each other and thriving on the energy of their characters mutual jealousy and sisterhood support. It’s a delicious romp masterfully executed. – Theatrescene

Bad Jelly the Witch

This is a cracking good production that entertains adults and children alike. Chappell’s singing chops are strong; she embraces this with delight. A magical Friday night treat and well worth checking out – Theatreview

Click here to view an interview on 3newsNZ.

Click here to view an interview on Good Morning TVNZ.



muchadoMuch Ado About Nothing

Lisa Chappell and Roy Snow, as Beatrice and Benedick, were made for each other. The pair’s “merry war” of words is the very essence of the play, their dialogue is delivered with impeccable timing. The show sparkles when they are on stage. – The Press

Photo by Sabin Holloway



Iimportancemportance of Being Ernest

Lisa Chappell performance is particularly intriguing as it leaves the audience guessing whether her character’s unshakeable self confidence comes from pure vanity or some obscure source of inner strength. – New Zealand Herald






designforlivingDesign for Living

Lisa Chappell won me over with true leading-lady style. – New Zealand Herald




39stepsThe The Thirty Nine Steps

Lisa Chappell showcases her versatile skill with a range of classes and types. Chappell extends far beyond the beautiful straight roles she is more known for in television. – Theatreview



educatingritaEducating Rita

There is box-office savvy in casting Lisa Chappell and she proves equal to the challenge, right down to a creditable Scouse accent and slightly goofy mannerisms. Chappell gives an exuberant, well calculated, thoughtful performance. – Sydney Morning Herald



Mornings ShotMornings

I had the pleasure of stepping in for Sonia Kruger on Channel Nine’s Mornings. It was a wonderful team of people to work with and co-hosting with David Campbell was more fun than you could shake a stick at. Here we are with the lovely Scottish singer songwriter Sandi Thom.

mcleodsWomen’s Day Article
A lovely reunion with the Mcleods women, Michelle Banas, Bridie Carter and Jessica Napier. All as gorgeous as ever.
We had a great day catching up with each other.

View article here


Snapchat with Lisa Chappell: ‘Luke Perry gave a great shoulder massage’

The most famous person actress Lisa Chappell has met was Tom Cruise – but she had the most fun with Luke Perry.

Read the full article NZ Herald