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The Boys: The Women and The Playwright.

Griffin Theatre Company has revived Gordon Graham’s the play The Boys, 21 years on from its premiere production at Sydney’s Stables Theatre. The playwright, and the four actors who play the women in the play spoke to Neil Litchfield.

I began my conversation with Gordon Graham by asking what led him to write a play based on the brutal rape and murder of Anita Cobby.

Cate and Andrew exit Stage Left.

The hunt is on for a new artistic director of The Sydney Theatre Company following confirmation that Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton are stepping  down at the end of next year.

It’s not unexpected – Cate Blanchett told Stage Whispers last year that she always intended that her joint role with her husband to be a short term appointment with a departure date on the horizon.

The pair have been joint directors of the company since 2008, when they succeeded Robyn Nevin. A new artistic director will take over in 2014.

The Show Must Go On...

Pete Malicki, Artistic Director of the short play festival Short+Sweet currently running at King Street Theatre Newtown, received a call on Monday from panicky director John Wood. An actor in his play "Just the Ticket" - set to preview the next night - had come down with pneumonia and was in hospital. Pete (ever the optimist) eventually talked him into finding a replacement and performing it with one day's rehearsal time.

The Jinglists: Sydney Season for New Musical

A story about Love, Loss and Jingles

One room. Two jingle writers.

Catchy melodies and crippled emotions.

The Mousetrap to Tour Australia

When the 60th (Diamond) Anniversary Australian Tour of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap officially opens in Sydney, on July 4 the season will be well on the way to selling out.

FORUM: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE BOYS

Griffin Theatre Company as a part of Sydney Festival 2012 will host a special talk featuring creative artists from the three major stage and film incarnations of The Boys: playwright Gordon Graham, 1991 stage director Alex Galeazzi, lighting designer and production manager of the 1991 stage production and producer of the 1998 film Robert Connolly, and director of Griffin’s latest production Sam Strong. The Forum will take place Saturday 21 January, 4:45pm at the SBW Stables Theatre.

New Theatre is Turning 80: Season 2012 Announced

Sydney’s New Theatre launched their new brand, developed in collaboration with Principal Partner, Interbrand, on January 17,  along with the productions that will make up their 80thAnniversary year season.

Season 2012 includes three Australian premieres and the World premieres of two new Australian works both by emerging female playwrights, together with a selection of modern classics from Ireland, England and Australia.  

2011 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS

David Wiliamson is famous for his run ins with the critics.

But Australia's most famous playwright was given a rave review tonight winning the lifetime theatre award at the Sydney Theatre Awards.

The  Awards are presented annually by a group of leading theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. 

"I felt like I was walking into the Lion's Den tonight," he joked.

Turandot

Big ideas. Bold themes. Beautiful singing. Graeme Murphy’s grand vision of Ancient Peking is back, with American soprano Susan Foster heading an international cast for Puccini’s late, great masterpiece Turandot. This production, which is now considered a classic in the Opera Australia repertoire, features spectacular choreographic chorus moves, sculptural stagecraft and larger than life costumes. 

Into the Woods plus Hip Hop Bye Bye Birdie and Annie Films

Broadwayworld.com reports that director Rob Marshall is working on a new screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim / James Lapine musical Into The Woods for Disney.

Lapine is currently working on the script, and Marshall expects the film to include new songs by Sondheim.

Marshall has previously directed the screen versions of Nine, Chicago and the Disney version of Annie.

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