The Literati, the stylistic younger sibling of Justin Fleming’s wildly funny 2014 take on Tartuffe (this one’s based on Moliere’s Les Femmes Savantes), is a Bell Shakespeare-Griffin Theatre collaboration that has been nestled into Griffin’s SBW Stables Theatre. Les Femmes Savantes, or ‘The Learned Ladies’ is Moliere’s satire of pretentiously cultured cliques – but more… Read more.
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.
Andrew Upton adapted Chekhov’s first play (variously known as Platonov, Wild Honey, Fatherlessness and The Disinherited) into a new work – The Present – and the show premiered at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in 2015 starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, playing to almost 45,000 people. The production was so popular that the run sold out, and it was confirmed… Read more.
The Old Fitz and Howie the Rookie are a match made in theatrical heaven. The scrappy black box theatre in the belly of a beloved pub seems like exactly the right place for Mark O’Rowe’s rough-as-guts tandem monologues exploring a violent Dublin underworld – a play with its fists up to protect any traces of… Read more.
Less than 12 months after assuming the top job at Sydney Theatre Company, Britain’s Jonathan Church has resigned as Artistic Director of NSW’s flagship theatre company. Sydney Theatre Company issued a press release yesterday saying Church had “stepped down” from the role of Artistic Director after it was no longer “viable” for him to continue…. Read more.
Robert Jarman stands alone on the SBW Stables stage proper. Against the wall, near the entrance, a cellist (Jack Ward) plays something sombre (by Raffaele Marcellino) . Blurred, aged projections (Lisa Garland) flicker above Jarman’s head, showing title cards, definitions of forgiveness, and more. This is As We Forgive. Tom Holloway has written three monologues… Read more.
Australian leading lady Suzie Mathers is set to join the West End production of WICKED as Glinda in September this year. Suzie began her WICKED journey with the show as an off stage vocal swing on the Australian production when it premiered in Melbourne in 2008 before taking over the role of Glinda for the 2011… Read more.
Humour me a while. I would like to indulge in some discussion about an issue which has suddenly swept through the Australian (and international) musical theatre industry this week with a fervour and passion usually reserved for comment threads on the US Presidential Candidate debate. I’m talking about the sudden fire in the bellies of… Read more.
Lucy Maunder will join the Australian company of Matilda The Musical as Miss Honey when the show tours to Brisbane and Perth from November this year. Maunder is currently starring as Heather Chandler in Heathers at Arts Centre Melbourne and has appeared in leading roles in more than 10 major musicals during her varied and successful career…. Read more.
Rachel Cole sat down with Amanda Harrison in this latest Stage Door Shrink session. Get comfy and settle in for an incredibly interesting and informative read. A note from Rachi… Matilda recently transferred to Melbourne, so I had to set up a Wi-Fi network at home, which my flat mate and I named RichandSkinny. (It’s good… Read more.