• New Zealand

Long-dead scientist Ernest Rutherford claws his way off the hundred-dollar note to give his first lecture in more than 70 years. Bursting with enthusiasm, charm and 19th century wit, Ernest will take you on a verbal walking tour through his unbelievable life of science and adventure.

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Written and performed by Nic Sampson (2016 Fred Award Finalist, writer for TV3’s Jono and Ben and Funny Girls) 

"His characterisation is second to none, and for well over an hour he had the audience in the palm of his hand, laughing on every command.”? – 

Exclusive Offer: Combine this show with a visit to Rutherford's Den and get a specially reduced entry price of $3.00 for school students and $8.00 for adults. Plan a trip to the Den before or after the show, or come back another day – your entry into the Den will be valid for the whole duration of the Christchurch Arts Festival, 30 August to 17 September. Simply present your show ticket in the Rutherford’s Den shop in the Clock Tower at the Arts Centre. The Den is open 10am-5pm, 7 days.

School Performances also available. Please contact for details. 

Recommended Age: 12+

Hugely fun, surprisingly sweet and peppered with enough well selected scientific and historical facts to send you scurrying to Wikipedia afterwards. Metro Magazine


  • Thu 14 Sep, 6:00 PM
  • Fri 15 Sep, 6:00 PM
  • Sat 16 Sep, 2:00 PM


  • Great Hall The Arts Centre


$39 / Conc $36

Family $110 - 4 tickets with max 2 adults, add up to 2 extra child tickets $29 each

Student Rush $20

*Fees & conditions apply, see How to Book.


60 Minutes

Supported by:

  • Great Hall The Arts Centre