Sydney Theatre Company 2012 Season

Sydney Theatre Company's 2012 Main Stage Season of 11 plays, four new Australian plays including the premieres of plays by Hilary Bell, Jonathan Biggins Tim Winton, along with two new Australian adaptations, was announced by Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett on September 23.




The Productions

Never Did Me Any Harm devised by Force Majeure

Director: Kate Champion


This September – October school holidays (26 September – 8 October 2011) the SYDNEY CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL reclaims Sydney for the kids!

Sydney Children’s Festival will burst into the city and wider Sydney, filling five Sydney premier venues.  The 2011 program is the festival’s biggest program to date, covering every aspect of creativity and learning including live theatre, art, music, science, and circus play for kids aged 3 – 12 and their families.

Yes, Prime Minister Cast Announced

Philip Quast will play the role of the suave and cynical Cabinet Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, Mark Owen-Taylor will play the embattled Prime Minister Jim Hacker, and John Lloyd Fillingham is Jim’s hapless assistant, Bernard Woolley, Caroline Craig is the PM’s Special Policy Advisor and Tony Llewellyn-Jones is the BBC Director General in the stage production of Yes, Prime Minister.

New Mary and Mrs Banks for Sydney Mary Poppins

Helpmann Award winner Verity Hunt-Ballard will take a break from the title role of Mary Poppins, with English performer Scarlett Strallen to replace her for the balance of the Sydney season.

Hunt-Ballard will return for the Brisbane season of the show, alongside fellow Helpmann winner Matt Lee.

'Die for Art? You may as well.' — Barry Dickens, Rentokil

As the city gears up for its annual Fringe Festival, Melbourne’s theatre-makers are preparing to tackle some Herculan challenges – the least of which is getting noticed (and covering costs) in a fiercely-contested marketplace where only the strongest (or the richest) survive. The ‘nothing to lose’ mindset that has long fuelled the key players in Melbourne’s creative democracy is possibly no more in evidence at this time of year than during a sit-down with Peta Hanrahan – the Artistic Director of the celebrated The Dog Theatre.

Leonard Bernstein's Mass a 2012 Adelaide Festival Highlight

From the celebrated Broadway and classical composer Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, Candide), the Adelaide Festival will present a new production of Bernstein’s large-scale masterpiece Mass as part of the 2012 program on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 March, 2012.

Pam Ayres to Tour Nationally

Writer, broadcaster and entertainer Pam Ayres will tour Australia with her latest show A Fun-Filled Evening with... Pam Ayres from Monday 7 November to Friday 2 December 2011.  Her return to Australia coincides with the publication of her autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude and a DVD, Pam Ayres Word Perfect Tour.

Melbourne Circus Festival

National Institute of Circus Arts, Prahran, from September 26 to October 2, 2011.

Alana Valentine Dramatises Pollies in New Play

Playwright Alana Valentine spoke with Cathy Bannister about her new Australian play, MP., opening in Canberra on October 1, scriptwriting, and the notion of seeing the good in politicians.

Cathy Bannister: So, without giving too much away, what is the synopsis of MP?

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