Sydney Theatre Company presents productions across three venues: The Sydney Theatre, The Wharf Theatres and the Drama Theatre at Sydney Opera House.
Playing in the Drama Theatre in 2013 are:
A new play by John Doyle
For his much anticipated new play, playwright John Doyle (The Pig Iron People) offers a powerful meditation on science, spirituality and human frailty.
Paul Blackwell (When the Rain Stops Falling, Tartuffe, The Ham Funeral) returns to STC as Vere, a physicist at the peak of his career and still enthusing infectiously about his subject. Out of the blue he is given a shattering prognosis and must rapidly reconcile his professional ambitions and personal relationships with the certainty of his own mortality.
One of the great debates of our times, God versus science, is played out with Doyle's typical charisma and cheek. The play is brimming with intellectual engagement, gallows humour and wise, witty footnotes to culture.
Director Sarah Goodes (The Splinter) makes her Drama Theatre debut with this thoughtful and topical new Australian work.
6 Nov – 7 Dec 2013
And in 2014:
By Michael Frayn
A tour de farce
From Wilde to Orton, via Benny Hill, English comedy has trodden a fine line between the incisively witty and the earthily broad.
Of course the greatest does both, at the same time, and with extra sardines. Enter Noises Off.
Michael Frayn’s comic masterpiece reveals the goings-on as a Z-list touring theatre company attempts to mount the somewhat dire bedroom farce, Nothing On.
With a deft comic touch, as seen in his play Australia Day and countless Wharf Revues, Jonathan Biggins directs a highly accomplished cast led by Marcus Graham as the despotic director, and including Genevieve Lemon, Tracy Mann and Ron Haddrick – a collective that will ensure that behind the pratfalls and missed cues is a craft so precise you’ll not know where reality ends and the play begins.
Will two separate love triangles, a dipsomaniac and lost contact lenses prevent the show from going on?
17 Feb-5 Apr
Based on the books by Carlo Collodi
Created by Rosemary Myers with writer Julianne O'Brien
A rollicking revision of the classic tale of a wooden boy with a nose for trouble.
Once there was a lonely man with lots of love to give. He wanted a child so much that he carved himself a beautiful little boy. But the boy wanted the world – adventure, fame and the latest designer sneakers. He wanted more than his father could possibly give, and so he ran away to get it. This is his story.
The classic tale by Carlo Collodi is given a 21st Century spin and retold as a witty, rocking, music theatre spectacular; a mix of old time theatre fun and a celebration of the ‘whatever’ generation.
For kids brought up on Australian Idol, this fable of conscience and belonging is given a new dimension by the talented Windmill Theatre team that created Wizard of Oz (2009) and multi Helpmann Award-winning School Dance (2013).
Rosemary Myers directs a wonderfully physical performance from Nathan O’Keefe as Pinocchio, and School Dance favourite Jonathon Oxlade charms us as Cricket. This beautifully designed show is guaranteed to be feel-good fun for all the family.
11 Apr-4 May
Children of the Sun
By Maxim Gorky
In a new version by Andrew Upton
Love and other chemical reactions
Following on from his adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun takes a fresh, colloquial look at the human condition.
In a rambling mansion in provincial Russia at the beginning of the 20th Century, a sister, a brother, their partners and admirers pursue their intimate intrigues oblivious to bigger new realities brewing at their door. A family born to privilege but bound for dysfunction.
Protasov might be the man of the house, but, even when he lifts his eyes from his chemistry set, he is blind to his wife’s infidelities, his friend’s advances and his sister’s quiet despair. In something of a casting coup, three of our most treasured actresses – Justine Clarke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sex with Strangers) and Helen Thomson (Mrs Warren’s Profession) – form a formidable trio around our hero, as outside the propulsive energy of revolution reaches a crescendo.
Both a sparkling comedy and a thoughtful exploration of the larger issues of privilege, progress and being caught at the wrong end of history, Children of the Sun captures the atmosphere of upheaval of its era – with more than a fleeting resonance to our own troubled times.
8 Sep-25 Oct
A new play by Joanna Murray-Smith
A stranger calls...
Finely plotted, suspenseful and surprising, Switzerland will have you on the edge of your seat.
Following the success of Fury in 2013, Joanna Murray-Smith is back in the house, bringing us another fine world premiere work.
By arrangement with our friends at LA’s Geffen Playhouse – fellow Murray-Smithians who commissioned Switzerland – we are excited to present this original thriller inspired by Patricia Highsmith, renowned novelist best known for her fictional creation, the con artist Tom Ripley.
Highsmith’s taut prose, macabre scenarios and ambivalent moral stance – in her world, the villains enjoy happy endings as often as their victims – made her one of the 20th Century’s most compelling and enigmatic crime novelists. Many of her books made it onto the silver screen – from 1951’s Hitchcock version of Strangers on a Train to 1999’s The Talented Mr Ripley, directed by Anthony Minghella. The tables are turned in Switzerland and it is Patricia herself who is the central character, brought to life by the wonderful Sarah Peirse.
True to its genre, Switzerland kicks off with a knock at the door – before spiralling into a grim and lively contest of wits, words and wills.
3 Nov-20 Dec