AN IMAGINED meeting between English composer Benjamin Britten and poet WH Auden form the basis of the Old Mill Theatre’s April 2016 production, The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, one of the UK’s most prolific living playwrights.
The Habit of Art sees the two men meet for the first time in 25 years with Britten seeking advice from Auden – his former collaborator and friend – about his new opera Death in Venice.
Sixteen years ago Adelaide’s Independent Theatre Company produced the classic Shakespeare tragedy Hamlet, to critical acclaim. Now, in April 2016, Artistic Director Rob Croser is to direct the play again, but with a very different approach to casting the conflicted prince at the heart of the story. Lesley Reed reports.
Audiences have been enthralled by Hamlet for four hundred years, yet what is arguably William Shakespeare’s most famous play is also one of his most difficult to perform.
In April 2016, Javeenbah Theatre presents Minefields and Miniskirts, a play that is both an engaging and frank recollection of how five Australian women experienced the Vietnam War. The play touches on issues of women’s rights, the realities of warfare, Australian reaction to the war and the legacy of our country’s involvement.
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?