A MYSTERY of dimming gaslight and footsteps in the night, matched with the timeless theme of marital manipulation, form the basis of a popular Victorian thriller on show at Limelight Theatre (WA) during April 2016.
Written by Patrick Hamilton and directed by Karen Tropiano, Gaslight is set in 1880 and focuses on the Manninghams – suave Jack Manningham is slowly psychologically torturing his wife Bella into insanity.
When she is visited by Inspector Rough, he convinces her that Jack is a maniacal criminal wanted for a murder committed 15 years ago.
Christopher Hamilton reflects on his chance to play the role of a life-time, Don Quixote in Miranda Musical Society’s March 2016 production of Man Of La Mancha.
When I was 17 years old I saw J C Williamson’s production of Man Of La Mancha at the Theatre Royal (the original Theatre Royal in Castlereagh Street – not the one now in the MLC centre in King Street). It starred Charles West as Don Quixote and Suzanne Steele as Aldonza.
Lane Cove Theatre Co opens its 2016 season with Michael Gow’s iconic and much loved Australian play, Away, from 18 March to 9 April at The Performance Space, St Aidan’s in Longueville.
Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, AWAY is a nostalgic look at Australia and Australians separated by diversity and drawn together by conflict. Audiences will be inspired by Gow’s story of three different families on Christmas vacation in 1967.
Bankstown Theatre Company’s production of Annie hits the stage at the Bryan Brown Theatre in March 2016, with Director Diane Wilson returning to a musical she has quite a history with. She spoke to Stage Whispers.
Stage Whispers: This certainly isn’t your first production of Annie, is it?
A COMEDY about a newspaper and Cinderella – as you’ve never seen her before – are the subject of two short plays at Limelight Theatre (WA) during February 2016.
Written and directed by former journalist, sub-editor and chief-of-staff Bob Charteris, Don’t Shoot The Messenger is set in a present-day newsroom as management decides the newspaper should become completely digital.
The story is seen through the eyes of two veteran journalists who yearn for a return to the “good old days” of journalism.
The first production for 2016 at Arts Theatre Cronulla is David Auburn’s winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prizefor Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof, directed by Gavin Leahy, with a set designed by ATC stalwart Jimmy Bruce.
Proof explores the unknowability of love as much as the mysteries of high-level mathematics, in a thought-provoking night at the theatre.
Heidelberg Theatre Company goes behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters with their February / March 2016 production of Moonlight and Magnolias.
Legendary film producer, David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes that the script is awful and that the director doesn't have a clue. He has five days to replace them and restart the shoot or the production will close down.