Articles on ‘Melbourne Theatre Company’

2016 Green Room Award winners announced

Australian cast of Matilda The Musical. Image by James Morgan

The Green Room Awards, Melbourne’s only peer-assesssed performing arts industry awards, were presented at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre this evening. Hosted by Patron Julia Zemiro, it featured performances by Otto and Astrid of Die Roten Punkte, the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble and Yumi Umiumare. Celebrating the outstanding work presented in Melbourne during 2016, the 34th Annual Green Room Awards… Read more.


MTC: Born Yesterday

Born Yesterday. Photo by Jeff Busby

A tycoon moves to Washington DC to use his money to influence politics and politicians.   When the Melbourne Theatre Company announced they were staging Garson Kanin’s 1940s political comedy as the opening play of their 2017 season, my interest was focused squarely on Christie Whelan-Browne in the lead role of Billie Dawn. This character… Read more.


Double Indemnity

Richard Piper and Claire van der Boom in MTC's Double Indemnity. Image by Jeff Busby

Los Angeles. 1930s. Dark suits. Platinum blondes. And a man who tells us he knows how to get away with murder and make a little money on the side. Insurance agent Walter Huff (Leon Ford) heads up to Hollywoodland to renew insurance for Mr Nerdlinger (Richard Piper), but with the man of the house out,… Read more.


MTC Farewells Associate Director Leticia Cáceres

Leticia Carares

Melbourne Theatre Company announced on Thursday that Leticia Cáceres, Associate Director for the company, will leave her position at the closing of her contract in December. Of her decision, Cáceres said, ‘I’m very proud of my achievements during my time at MTC but the moment has come to explore new opportunities. My tenure has been nothing short of… Read more.


Review: Death and the Maiden – Sydney Season (STC/MTC)

Susie Porter in Death and the Maiden. Photo by Jeff Busby.

Leticia Cáceres has a chillingly cerebral directorial vision for Death and the Maiden, Ariel Dorfman’s 1990 play written from and premiering within the still profusely bleeding wound of Chile’s devastating Pinochet regime. Gerardo (Steve Mouzakis), recently appointed to a human rights commission investigating a previous (unnamed) regime’s horrors, gets a flat tyre on his way… Read more.



Australian actor Bob Hornery passes away

Australian actor Bob Hornery passes away

Much loved and respected Australian actor Bob Hornery has passed away yesterday with his daughter Jane Goodman and friend Richard Piper at his side.  Working in both the UK and Australia, Bob’s distinguished career spanned stage, TV and film. Among his many stage credits are A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Merry… Read more.


MTC: Pennsylvania Avenue

Bernadette Robinson. Pennsyvania Avenue

Last week, Melbourne’s two mainstage companies opened shows by Melbourne writers. Both directed by Melbourne directors and featured Melbourne performers and creators. Both were also set in the USA and based on US culture. But the chasm between Pennsylvania Avenue, at the MTC, and Calpurnia Descending, at Malthouse Theatre, is so wide that one can barely wave… Read more.


The State Theatre Company of South Australia’s 2015 season launch

From The Dunstan Playhouse’s stage, adorned with Victorian era dresses, the Brookman boys (CEO Rob and his son Artistic Director Geordie) revealed the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s 2015 season. Introduced under the banner of “Many Worlds in One” were nine plays they hope will continue to improve the company’s recent upswing in attendances. “Theatre… Read more.


Once: Another First for Melbourne Musical Theatre

It was a cold winter’s day but inside the Irish Times pub in the heart of Melbourne things were cosy and warm. The local media were gathered, Guinness in hand, to hear John Frost announce the cast for the Australian premiere performance of Once a new musical. Before introducing the two leads, Tom Parsons and… Read more.


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