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Royals to see kids classic

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 12:03 05/11/2012
Hairy Mclary
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ROYAL RUFF: Hairy Maclary narrator Georgia Wood performs with, from left, Kinloch Anstiss, Tom Wardle, Katie Burson, Adam Tatana, Natasya Yusoff.

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The royal red carpet will be rolled out at the Bruce Mason Centre as Prince Charles and Camilla have confirmed they will attend a special performance of children's classic Hairy Maclary.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting New Zealand in November to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee including a visit to the North Shore.

Tim Bray, producer of the show, says he is excited to be able to finally share the news.

"I read that the Duchess of Cornwall is a huge fan of Hairy Maclary and when we heard about the royal tour we submitted a proposal and were accepted."

The performance at the Bruce Mason Centre will be held November 12.

Hairy Maclary author Lynley Dodd, Auckland Mayor Len Brown, children from low-decile Auckland schools and children from Ronald McDonald House, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Kelston Deaf Education Centre will also be in attendance.

Hairy Maclary was adapted for the stage by Mr Bray and covers eight stories which include some of the memorable characters from the series including Scarface Claw.

After the show Prince Charles and Camilla will meet Olympic athletes at the Millenium Centre before crossing the Harbour on Hibiscus Rescue II to the Marine Rescue Centre at Mechanic's Bay before visiting Britomart.

An open performance of Hairy Maclary begins 6.30pm on November 11 at the Bruce Mason.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

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