(2018) V July 2018 to Dec 2018 - WHAT'S ON - SYDNEY


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NOTE : Accuracy and succinctness has been attempted in the brief listings below, but please refer, (especially as some of the opening and closing dates & details may change, from the time i first put them up here), to the venue websites for the most up-to-date  information.  This list is chronological, using show start-dates, and the page will be incrementally updated over time, as new information is received


STARTING JULY 2018

WOLF LULLABY by Hilary Bell, presented by Blackout Theatre Co.
July 2018 at a venue in Sydney TBA ()
More info: http://www.blackouttheatre.com.au/

ROOMBA NATION - Concept & director Alison Bennett, presented by Hurrah Hurrah and Old 505 Theatre
July 3-21 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
Pippie is a curious character. She makes friend's with cockroaches, cuts her own hair and generally makes up her own rules. Until Pippie discovers that she is the carrier of a medical anomaly. Alone in her ward, Pippie comes to realise that things are serious. Isolated from her world of crooked comforts, Pippie befriends what ever she can...including a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. Roomba Nation takes us on a journey of realisation and the acceptance of a fate that befalls us all. Its dreamlike world asks us to consider the delicate balance of improved quality of life and solitude that our modern conveniences can bring. After the critical acclaim of Trade in 2017, Hurrah Hurrah bring you this beautiful new work that will make you laugh and then break your heart.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/roomba-nation-1510965855.html

HAMLET: PRINCE OF SKIDMARK (ages 5+) by The Listies, directed by Declan Greene, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
July 4-22 at Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Chippendale NSW ($30)
https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2018/hamlet-prince-of-skidmark-2018
July 25-27 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $-$)
https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/hamlet-prince-of-skidmark/
A blast of Shakespeare for kids. Plus zombies! After winning over everyone who came to see it in 2016, this very cheeky, very clever, utterly irreverent riff on Hamlet – made especially for children – is back for a return season at the Seymour Centre. The Listies, maestros of children’s entertainment, have pulled apart Shakespeare’s classic and glued it back together with hilarious costumes, loads of silliness and plenty of interactivity.

THE ROLLING STONE by Chris Urch, directed by Adam Cook, presented by Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre
July 5-21 at Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW (Adult $42 / Concession $35 / Previews $30)
Leading independent company, Outhouse Theatre Co (Dry Land, The Aliens, 4 Minutes 12 Seconds) presents the Australian premiere of The Rolling Stone by rising British playwriting star, Chris Urch. Dembe and Sam have been seeing each other for a while. They should be wondering where this is going and when to introduce each other to their families. But they’re gay and this is Uganda. The consequences of their relationship being discovered will be violent and explosive. Especially for Dembe, whose brother goes into the pulpit each week to denounce the evils of one man loving another. In some parts of the world, being gay can get you killed and The Rolling Stone could not be more timely. Urch has crafted a powerful and gripping play where family, faith and paranoia collide. Shining a light on bigotry and the battle to be yourself in an unforgiving society, it is a play for our challenging times.
https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/the-rolling-stone/

HELLO, BEAUTIFUL! - written & performed by Hannie Rayson, directed by Matthew Lutton, presented by Griffin Theatre Company and Performing Lines
July 9-14 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
Playwright and author Hannie Rayson brings her sublimely comedic one-woman show to Griffin. Featuring select stories from her acclaimed book Hello, Beautiful!, Rayson shares true tales from an adventurous life, ranging from her childhood in East Brighton to the treacheries of Hollywood, from sharehouses in Fitzroy to the beauty of rural Australia. Rayson’s writing has always been driven by her deep curiosity about contemporary Australian life: how we live, what matters to us, and the political and ethical challenges we face. Self-deprecating and hilarious, Hello, Beautiful! seeks out extraordinary moments in the everyday.
http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/hello-beautiful/

STUPID FUCKING BIRD by Aaron Posner, directed by Warwick Doddrell, presented by New Theatre
July 11-28 at 542 King St, Newtown NSW ($35/c.$30/Previews & Thrifty Thursdays $20)
An aspiring young director rages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A young actress vies with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. This irreverent and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, complete with songs, pitches young against old, past against present, to ask the age-old question: how far will we go in pursuit of happiness? Angsty, raw, and real, this adaptation offers a glimpse into the state of the theatrical artform, to ask the big questions about what it means to be a creative artist. While honoring the spirit of the original, this tale of unrequited love, missed opportunities and lost dreams is bitingly contemporary, tantalizing and engaging, revealing the danger in our own desires.
https://newtheatre.org.au/stupid-fucking-bird/

ROCK OF AGES - presented by Sydney Youth Musical Theatre
July 13-20 at a venue in Sydney to be confirmed
It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality.....
More info http://symt.com.au/rock-of-ages

YOU GOT OLDER by Clare Barron, directed by Claudia Barrie, presented by Mad March Hare
July 13 - August 4 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
Mae returns home to help take care of Dad and — maybe (a little) — herself. You Got Older is a tender and darkly comic new play about family, illness, and cowboys — and how to remain standing when everything you know comes crashing down around you.  "This terrific new play by Clare Barron...offers a hilarious and painfully affecting blend of oddball dialogue, beautifully observed family dynamics, and a preoccupation with the weird ways of the body... Barron’s special genius lies in the deep dividends she derives from small talk." — The New Yorker
http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/you-got-older
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

THE UNEXPECTED GUEST by Agatha Christie, presented by Genesian Theatre Co.
July 14 - Sept 1 at Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent St, Sydney CBD ()
We tip our hats to the Genesian favourite and best selling novelist ever Agatha Christie with her ingenious mystery The Unexpected Guest in our final production at Kent Street before we move to an exciting new venue. This production is certain to sell out - book now!
http://www.genesiantheatre.com.au/index.php?mode=view&s=2018&i=3

DIAL M FOR MURDER by Frederick Knott, directed by Joy Sweeney, presented by Pymble Players
July 18 - August 11 at the church hall of Pymble Chapel, Corner of Mona Vale Road and Bromley Avenue, Pymble NSW ()
Set in England in the 1950s, when convicted murderers faced the hangman’s rope, this famous thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. When what seems like a foolproof plot, involving blackmail, coercion, murder and intrigue, does not go exactly to plan, the results are devastating. The suspense is heightened as Inspector Hubbard races against the clock to set a trap to bring the real criminal to justice. Oh what a tangled web we weave...
http://www.pymbleplayers.com.au/pp-productions/2018-03-dial-m-for-murder

AMERICAN PSYCHO: THE MUSICAL - directed by Alexander Berlage, presented by BB-Arts Entertainment in association with Hayes Theatre Co
July 19 - August 12 at Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point NSW ()
Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 controversial best-selling novel American Psycho, which also inspired the 2000 film of the same name, this bold new musical tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young, handsome and wealthy investment banker living in the epicentre of excess: Manhattan, NYC, during the Wall Street Boom of the late 1980s. With impeccable taste and unquenchable desires, Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs and designer labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his facade of sanity starts to slip…
https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/american-psycho/

BRING IT ON (music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Amanda Green, with the book by Jeff Whitty) presented by Chatswood Musical Society
July 20-22 at Independent Theatre, North Sydney, NSW ()
The story is loosely based on the 2000 film of the same name and focuses on the competitive world of cheerleading and over-the-top team rivalries. Campbell is cheer-royalty at Truman High School. But an unexpected redistricting has forced her to spend her final year of high school at the neighbouring hard-knock Jackson High School.  Can Campbell break through the friendship barriers to achieve her dream squad for the ultimate cheerleading competition, the National Championships? Bring It On’s colourful characters, exciting fresh sound and explosive choreography (with aerial stunts!) will be all that you hope for in a musical - and like nothing you expect!
https://www.chatswoodmusicalsociety.org/

A TASTE OF HONEY by Shelagh Delaney, directed by Eamon Flack, presented by Belvoir St Theatre
July 21 - August 19  in the Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW (From $37-$72)
Jo is in her teens, pregnant, and on her own since her African boyfriend went back to sea. But she’s always had to find her own way in her working-class neighbourhood: Dad never existed, and Mum – well, Mum has run away from home to shack up with a car salesman. Jo meets art student Geoff at a funfair; he’s got nowhere to go since his landlady threw him out for being gay. So they set up an unconventional family – until Jo’s Mum comes crashing back into their sweet little life.
https://belvoir.com.au/productions/a-taste-of-honey/

THE LONG FORGOTTEN DREAM by H Lawrence Sumner, directed by Neil Armfield, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
July 23 - Aug 25 at Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House (From $66-$96)
You can’t bury the past. This is an exceptional piece of writing by one of the most exciting new voices to come along in years. Inspired by true stories of the repatriation of stolen bones, Ngarrindjeri writer H Lawrence Sumner’s play is a sweeping family story that examines four generations of history in a rural community. Jeremiah Tucker is a man looking for peace. His daughter Simone is an archaeologist looking for bones. Her great-grandfather just wants to be buried where he belongs. Together, they will uncover the past’s brutal secrets as well as hope for a way forward....
https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2018/the-long-forgotten-dream

WHICH WAY HOME (ages 14+) by Katie Beckett, directed by Rachael Maza, presented by Ilbijerri Theatre Co and Seymour Centre
July 24 - August 4 at Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW (Adult $42 / Conc $36 / School bookings $25*)
A road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making. Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever. It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two Black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home. ILBIJERRI is one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists telling stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. Infused with humour and heart Which Way Home draws on writer Katie Beckett’s own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.
https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/which-way-home/

SWAN LAKE ON ICE
July 25-29 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney NSW ()
The world’s premier theatrical ice skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, returns to Australia with its award-winning masterpiece Swan Lake on Ice. With Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, exhilarating new choreography and dazzling costumes,?this innovative portrayal of the classic love story will take your breath away. It’s world-class ice skating in the intimacy of the theatre!
http://www.capitoltheatre.com.au/swan-lake-on-ice/
Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/1172638

THE WIDOW UNPLUGGED (ages 12+) by Reg Livermore, directed by Mrk Kilmurry, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
July 26 - Sept 1 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
You’re forgiven if the name of actor, comedian and raconteur Arthur Kwick doesn’t exactly ring any bells. Despite an unexpectedly notable performance at the Tivoli Theatre in 1969, his career ever since has seen him take any role that has come his way…
https://www.ensemble.com.au/shows/reg-livermores-widow-unplugged-actor-deploys/

THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES by Kendall Feaver, directed by Lee Lewis, presented by Griffin Theatre Co.
July 27 - Sept 8 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
The choices of a parent and child collide in this extraordinary work about mental health and the medication of children. Anna has been medicated for a range of mood and behavioural disorders for as long as she can remember. Now she wants to know what life would be like without pills and prescriptions. More fulfilling? More exciting? More real? As Anna tries to find out who she really is, her mother, Renee (played by Hannah Waterman), remains determined to protect her. She can’t bear to watch her daughter go through the anguish all over again, to throw it all away for a personal experiment—but Anna’s treatment is no longer her decision.
http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/the-almighty-sometimes/

STARTING AUGUST 2018

HELL'S CANYON by Emily Sheehan, directed by Katie Cawthorne, presented by Old 505 Theatre
August 1-11 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
Caitlin and Oscar are hiding out in a motel in the middle of the Australian outback. No one knows they’re there, and seventeen-year-old Caitlin won’t tell fifteen-year-old Oscar why she's running. They’re out of money and the only thing they have on them is a rare and valuable graphic novel, Hell’s Canyon. But Oscar doesn’t want to sell it. Not for this. Not for anything. Hell’s Canyon is a play that celebrates everything magical about being a young person, the tenacity of teenage friendship, and our ability to transcend tragedy by reaching for the sublime. Hell's Canyon was developed with the support of Playwriting Australia at the National Play Festival, and in the National Script Workshop.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/hells-canyon-1510966250.html

TORCH SONG TRILOGY by Harvey Fierstein, directed by Stephen Colyer, presented by Darlinghurst Theatre Co.
August 1-26 at Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW (From $38-$54)
A heart felt revival of Harvey Fierstein’s classic play with music. Funny and poignant, Harvey Fierstein’s intensely personal collection of three plays chronicles a Jewish New York drag-queen’s quest for love, respect and a life of which he can be proud. From a failed affair with a reluctant lover, to a burgeoning relationship with a young fashion model, Arnold Beckoff’s greatest torment in life remains his turbulent relationship with his mother.In celebration of Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s 25th Anniversary, we continue our longstanding tradition of telling LGBTQI stories with the reprisal of director Stephen Colyer’s 2013 critically acclaimed Torch Song Trilogy
http://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/whats-on/torch-song-trilogy

KING OF PIGS - Written by Steve Rodgers, directed by Blazey Best, presented by Redline Productions
August 1 - Sept 1 at Old Fitz Theatre, Old Fitzroy Hotel, cnr Cathedral St & Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW (From $38-$45)
“Do you know how many times I’ve told this story...cops, counsellors, the family court? I mean fuck.” One Woman. Four Men. She could be with any one of them; at twenty-two on a date on the Gold Coast, at thirty-one moving into an apartment in Albert Park, or at forty, happily married with a nine-year-old son living in Campsie. Four very different worlds share an identical space, our homes. King of Pigs throws us into a blistering series of reality pockets. Each glimpse we get provides a momentary view of a vast panoramic lie. It’s a lie every man tells himself privately but every woman lives with publicly. King of Pigs is a direct response to the nature of power and the way men licence themselves to abuse it.
https://www.redlineproductions.com.au/king-of-pigs

MR BAILEY'S MINDER by Debra Oswald, directed by Natalie Banach, presented by Cronulla Arts Theatre
August 3 - Sept 8 at Cronulla Arts Theatre, Surf Rd, Cronulla NSW ()
Leo Bailey is one of Australia's most respected living painters struggling to maintain his independence while battling the effects of a lifetime of chronic alcoholism. Amidst a battle of wills, is new 'minder' Therese his last hope of making amends with those he's wronged? Is there time for forgiveness, fresh starts and a better life for all of us?
http://www.artstheatrecronulla.com.au/

NELL GWYNN by Jessica Swale, directed by Deborah Jones, presented by New Theatre
August 7 - Sept 8 at 542 King St, Newtown NSW ($35/c.$30/Previews & Thrifty Thursdays $20)
“They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They’ve put a woman on the stage!” - London, 1660. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatregoers. Jessica Swale’s exhilarating take on the heady world of Restoration theatre tells of the rise of Nell, from her humble beginnings as an orange peddler to her success as one of England’s most Britain’s most celebrated actress, and mistress of a king. She’s gutsy, fearless and talented, but at a time when women are second-class citizens, can Nell’s charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the Court? Though sparkling with ribald humour, cheeky double-entendres, and a cast of larger-than-life characters, this loving tribute to the world of the theatre has an explicitly feminist message at its heart, celebrating a woman far ahead of her time.
https://newtheatre.org.au/nell-gwynn/

FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN (Starring Jennifer Ward-Lealand) directed by, presented by Andrew McKinnon
August 9-12 at Glen St Theatre, Belrose NSW (From $31-$65)
New Zealand’s first lady of stage and screen, Jennifer Ward-Lealand pays tribute to the iconic actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, in Falling in Love Again. This acclaimed show was devised in collaboration with musical director and pianist Grant Winterburn. Singing highlights from Miss Dietrich’s films, concerts and recordings, Jennifer performs songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander and Pete Seeger. Jennifer and Grant are joined by bass player Aaron Coddel. Beautifully lit by lighting designer Andrew Malmo and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich’s famous gowns, this stunning show vividly captures a timeless style and glamour.
https://glenstreet.com.au/whats-on/falling-love-again

MOBY DICK by Orson Welles, Adapted from Herman Melville’s novel, Directed by Adam Cook, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co & Seymour Centre
August 9-25 at Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW (Adult $45 / Concession $36 / School Bookings $26)
Aboard the hauntingly atmospheric ship, the Pequod, an extraordinary adventure unfolds as the single-minded Captain Ahab pursues his revenge. This great American classic is a hymn to the sea and it’s most powerful creature, to whaling lore and legend. This is a work of overwhelming imagination about the great struggle to defeat the nothingness – the whiteness –  the encroaching terror of why we are alive, what is our faith worth, how do we perceive the world? For those who have not read Moby Dick in years or have never wet their feet, it is an example of the very greatest poetry ever put to paper – exquisitely playful, funny, barbaric, soul-shunting and desperate. To see it on stage is a miracle of theatricality, the power of the spoken word, and the skill of the actor. This is an epic story where poetry is the captain of the ocean and of us all.
https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/moby-dick/

TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST by Byron Lane, directed by Shaun Rennie, presented by Oriel Entertainment Group
August 10-25 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
An absurd must-see comedy about life with one of the galaxy’s greatest living actors. After a devastating break-up, wallflower Walt innocently places an ad on Craigslist for a new roommate. When other-worldly star Tilda Swinton shows up at his door and insists on moving in to “study” Walt for her next big movie role, things get hysterically chaotic and surprisingly cathartic. Following its critically acclaimed World Premiere in LA in 2017, Oriel Entertainment is thrilled to be presenting the Australian Premier of this moving, entertaining and thoroughly liberating new comedy. This absurdist, flamboyant and hilarious play is a not to be missed Australian Premiere.  Examining the choices we make to be happy - or unhappy – Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist looks at the power we have in our own lives, to be the hero in our own movie... and not the loser.
http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/tilda-swinton
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

DAYS LIKE THESE - directed by Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, produced by Murmuration
August 10-11 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High St, Penrith NSW ()
Days Like These explores the varied ways we, as humans, express our emotions from one day to the next. Through a series of emotive snapshots, the audience is invited to reflect on and revisit the best and worst days of your life. Drawing on the idea that our universal differences make us also the same, a creative team of very different people bravely peel back their layers to share stories of joy, loss, frustration and change. Murmuration is Australia’s pioneering integrated performance company working with a collective of interdisciplinary professional artists with and without disability. In collaboration with each artist’s unique perspective, physicality and lived experiences Murmuration creates engaging and thought-provoking theatre.
http://thejoan.com.au/whats-on/days-like-these/

A MYSTERY MUSICAL PRODUCTION - directed by Kathryn Thomas, presented by Lane Cove Theatre Company
August 10-25 at The Performance Space at St Aidan's, 1 Christina Street, Longueville NSW ()
In August we bring you a Mystery Musical production from the team who brought you the acclaimed production of Holding The Man earlier this year. A contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. With powerful lyrics and an electrifying score this production shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s secret world intact. Directed by Kathryn Thomas, this Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical explores the issues of grief, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and the underbelly of suburban life. Considered one of the best musicals of the 21st century, this sometimes dark, honest, funny and brutally moving musical should not be missed
http://www.lanecovetheatrecompany.com/season-2018.html
Tickets:

THE NOSE - (Created and performed by Elizabeth Brennan, James Jackson, Tom Molyneux) directed by, presented by The Bloomshed (Melbourne)
August 14-18 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
A CEO is crying in front of a mirror. A severed nose is lying on the floor. There are inspirational quotes plastered everywhere – WE CAN ALL BE HEROES – just make sure you don’t stop producing. Disparate narratives collide around the missing appendage; a psychotic, hallucinatory journey as people start falling to pieces. The Nose is an attempt to locate the systems that exploit our bodies. The Bloomshed creates new things by cannibalizing the old - The Nose is the company’s latest attempt to consume a classic, written by an author who starved himself to death. This is agit-prop political theatre raised from the dead and zombified. Like everything else, The Nose is a rotting corpse, animated, moaning and stumbling around for your pleasure.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/the-nose-1510968528.html

THE HARP IN THE SOUTH: PART ONE by Ruth Park, an adaptation for the stage by Kate Mulvany, directed by Kip Williams, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
August 16 - Oct 6 at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW ($64-$86)
A landmark two-part stage adaptation of Ruth Park’s beloved Australian trilogy celebrating Sydney in all its funny, gritty glory.
https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2018/the-harp-in-the-south

THE HARP IN THE SOUTH: PART TWO by Ruth Park, an adaptation for the stage by Kate Mulvany, directed by Kip Williams, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
August 16 - Oct 6 at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW ($64-$86)
A landmark two-part stage adaptation of Ruth Park’s beloved Australian trilogy celebrating Sydney in all its funny, gritty glory.
https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2018/the-harp-in-the-south

THE GRAND ILLUSION - directed by Kate Gaul (Lead Creator & performer
Tony Weir / Devisors & performers Emily Ayoub & Alicia Gonzalez) presented by Old 505 Theatre
August 21 - Sept 8 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
“On the 6th of July, 1988, I lost my mother. I don’t mean she died. She vanished. Which was suspicious, as my father was a magician. A club magician who never quite escaped the Legions and Rotary circuit. But maybe he outdid himself just this once.” The Grand Illusion transports the audience into a world of hocus-pocus and the desire to believe. Our guides are a detective, a celebrated author, and a mystic on the threshold between the living and the dead. Oh, and the greatest showman on earth, the incomparable Harry Houdini.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/the-grand-illusion-1510969094.html

CALAMITY JANE - From the stage play by Charles K. Freeman, Adapted by Ronald Hanmer & Phil Park, directed by Richard Carroll, presented by Belvoir St Theatre in association with One Eyed Man Productions
August 23 - Sept 30 in the Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW (From $37-$72)
You know Calamity Jane, the old 1950s musical tale of the Wild West and the search for love? Doris Day learning to be ladylike… Well, it’s given a hell of a shake-up in this pared-back, madcap, hilarious rendition. Jane is all swagger – a rough rider, full of defiance – but, when it comes to love, she’s calamity in more ways than one. This was a smash hit at the Hayes Theatre last year. There’s a bar on stage, a single piano, and Virginia Gay giving an un-be-liev-able performance. We already know this one is brilliant. Don’t miss it.
https://belvoir.com.au/productions/calamity-jane/

DEATH KNELL by James Cawood, directed by Jennifer Willison, presented by Hunters Hill Theatre
August 24 - Sept 2 at Hunters Hill Town Hall, 22 Alexandra St, Hunters Hill NSW ()
Set in an isolated hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands, famous playwright Henry Roth and his wife await the arrival of a young charismatic actor who is determined to secure a role in Henry’s new play. The audition turns into a night of twists, turns and eventually, murder. A classic thriller which will leave you breathless, beguiled and very afraid!
http://www.huntershilltheatre.com.au/component/content/article/105-2018-season

ARTIST-LED PRODUCTION presented by Hayes Theatre Co
August 24 - Sept 15 at Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point NSW ()
Early in 2017, we put out a call for submissions from creative artists for an artist-led production to be staged in the second half of 2018. We received over 40 submissions from directors, designers and performers and have a very exciting shortlist of possible productions under consideration. We can’t yet unveil which show will ultimately be staged during the period from late August to end September, but we know it will be as exciting as everything else we have in the season. If you are willing to take a gamble with us, you can still purchase tickets to this, as yet, unidentified musical before we announce our inaugural ‘Artist-Led Production’ for 2018.
https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/artist-led-production/

THE MISANTHROPE by Justin Fleming after Moliere, directed by Lee Lewis, presented by Griffin Theatre Co & Bell Shakespeare Co.
August 28 - Sept 28 at The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House ()
A comedy of manners. Without the manners. She has the success, the influence, the looks. He’s got cheekbones for days. She speaks her mind no matter who she offends. He’s surrounded by sycophants and yes men. She captivates him with her honesty and frankness, but does he really love her, or is he being a little loose with the truth? This is Molière with a delicious twist: the Misanthrope not a grumpy old man, but the savvy, sartorial Danielle Cormack. In fabulous form she rejects the social conventions of false flattery, challenging us to tell people what we really think of them. What’s the worst that could happen? Following the outrageous success of The Literati, writer Justin Fleming and director Lee Lewis reunite to bring you this glorious satire of polite society. It’s got all the social climbers, sycophants and hypocrites that keep our ‘Emerald City’ functioning.
http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/the-misanthrope/

LETTERS TO LINDY by Alana Valentine, directed by Darren Yap. A Merrigong Theatre Company Production in Association with Canberra Theatre Centre
August 29 - Sept 2 at Glen St Theatre, Belrose NSW ($31-$65)
Letters to Lindy provides a deep insight into one of the most compelling legal and human dramas of our times. Filled with warmth, humour and heartbreak, this new work by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine explores our fascination with Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, one of 20th Century Australia’s most iconic figures. The story captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child, her claim – that the baby was taken by a dingo – denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system. The media circus, the rumours, the mob mentality, and a nation’s prejudices.
https://glenstreet.com.au/whats-on/letters-to-lindy

JERSEY BOYS
August 29 - Sept 23 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney NSW ()
Jersey Boys tells the true-life story of four guys from the wrong side of the tracks, the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, one of the most successful bands in pop music history. The band sold more than 175 million records and were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame for their worldwide hits, including Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Sherry and Big Girl’s Don’t Cry, which all feature in the musical.
http://www.capitoltheatre.com.au/jersey-boys/
Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/2418420

IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok, directed by Alastair Clark, presented by An Assorted Few
August 31 - Sept 15 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
It’s the forgotten concrete outskirts of New Jersey, all crumbling overpasses and shuttered discount stores. A derelict bus stop at night littered with cigarette butts and broken beer bottles. Darja, a sharp-tongued Polish immigrant, struggles to get by as a cleaner for the more fortunate. The hope of a better life in America is turning out to be impossible. A critical sensation off-Broadway, Ironbound is a play about the constant battle to eke out a modest existence as a woman at the bottom of the heap. In a series of scenes across the span of thirty years, it’s a story of fitful joy, dark humour and constant struggle underneath the sprawling highways of the Garden State.
http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/ironbound
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

STARTING SEPTEMBER 2018

AVENUE Q - presented by Holroyd Musical & Dramatic Society
Sept 2018 at a venue to be confirmed
https://www.hmds.org.au/

HUMANS - presented by Circa Contemporary Circus
Sept 4-9 at Glen St Theatre, Belrose NSW ($31-$65)
Ten acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human and how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are. Exploring the physical limits of their bodies as they are pushed to the extreme, they question how much we can take as humans. How much weight can we carry? Who can we trust to support our load? They lead us to reflect on our lives, our loved ones, the burdens we carry and the physical and emotional strength it takes to overcome them.
https://glenstreet.com.au/whats-on/humans

THE HUMANS - Written by Stephen Karam, Directed by Anthea Williams, presented by Redline Productions
Sept 5 - Oct 6 at Old Fitz Theatre, Old Fitzroy Hotel, cnr Cathedral St & Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW (From $38-$45)
The Blake family have assembled for Thanksgiving dinner at the run-down Manhattan apartment of youngest daughter Brigid and her boyfriend Richard. Tragically, this middle-class clan seems to be spiralling toward perilous entropy. Stephen Karam’s blisteringly funny, bruisingly sad and altogether wonderful comedy-drama is written with a fresh-feeling blend of documentary-like naturalism and theatrical daring.
https://www.redlineproductions.com.au/the-humans

LUNA GALE by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Susanna Dowling, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
Sept 7 - Oct 13 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
At first glance the question of who’s best suited to look after baby Luna seems to have a simple answer. Her 19-year-old parents appear incapable of bringing up a child, while her grandmother wants to raise her with the support of her church.
https://www.ensemble.com.au/shows/luna-gale/

THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST by Dario Fo, in a new adaptation by Francis Greenslade with Sarah Giles, directed by Sarah Giles, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
Sept 10 - Oct 27 at Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House (From $66-$96)
An all-star all-female cast in a side-splitting new adaptation of this classic satire about power and corruption. A play as absurd and paranoid as the times in which we live. A man has fallen to his death from a police station window. Did he jump or was he pushed? The cops want a cover up, but first they have to contend with an unlikely detective – a certified lunatic with a knack for impersonation.
https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2018/accidental-death-of-an-anarchist

SHABBAT DINNER by Jessica Bellamy, directed by Anthony Skuse, presented by Griffin Theatre Co
7pm Mon-Sat Sept 10-15 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
In Jewish tradition, a new day begins in the evening. That is why Shabbat, the day of rest, is welcomed at sundown. You’re invited to the Bellamy family dining table, set with their finest glassware and a few charmingly mismatched spoons. In this unique (and not so traditional) dinner-turned-performance, the rituals and customs of a Shabbat dinner are recreated. Bread is broken. Family stories are offered. As the night unfolds, a community is built and then dismantled. Written by award-winning playwright Jessica Bellamy, Shabbat Dinner weaves together poetic storytelling, live music and Bellamy’s best attempt at rekindling the taste of her Baba’s borscht. A celebration of food, family and feminism that will stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.
http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/shabbat-dinner/

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL
Sept 10-30 at Old 505 Theatre & other venues, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW
The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest Independent arts festival in NSW. presenting over 350 productions in over 50 venues across Sydney every September. Featuring over 2000 artists across over 900 sessions the Sydney Fringe Festival shines a light on the best local Independent artists Sydney has to offer, uncovering hidden cultural gems, highlighting secret venues and encouraging audiences to explore the city. The Old 505 Theatre will again present a cutting-edge program of Australian works across four jam-packed weeks. Stay tuned for program details in mid 2018.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/sydney-fringe-festival-1510969385.html
http://www.sydneyfringe.com

GENERATION 3: SLEEPLESSNESS (Playwright, performer & co-devisor Karen Therese / Director & co-devisor Chris Ryan / Video design & co-devisors: Sean Bacon, Chris Ryan, Karen Therese) presented by National Theatre of Parramatta & Riverside Theatres
Sept 13-22 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $30-$49)
An incredible work that explores themes of identity and displacement. Part mystery, part documentary, part forensic investigation, (Generation 3) Sleeplessness maps a remarkable Australian story. This is a story about women. The discovery of official documents led to an investigation to uncover an unimaginable nightmare revealing the impact of migration and institutionalisation on families. It explores a fractured matrilineal history that spans time and place, interrogating the experiences of three generations of women from 1920’s Budapest to Western Sydney today. Artist Karen Therese grew up in Western Sydney and has been on a 15-year odyssey to create this work. She is very proud to be premiering at The National Theatre of Parramatta to her home audience of Western Sydney.
https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/generation-3-sleeplessness/

THE WHARF REVUE 2018 - presented by Sydney Theatre Co
Sept 20-22 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High St, Penrith NSW ()
http://thejoan.com.au/whats-on/wharf-revue-2018/

THE SEASON (ages 15+) by Nathan Maynard, directed by Isaac Drandic, presented by Tasmania Performs and Seymour Centre
Sept 25-29 at Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW (Adult $42 / Conc $36 / School bookings $25*)
Nathan Maynard has crafted a deadly funny portrait of a singular corner of our world in The Season. Somewhere between mainland Australia and its southern-most mate Tassie lies Dog Island. For six weeks every year that’s where you’ll find the Duncans, a mob as funny as they are unforgettable. They come back to roost for mutton-bird season, and have done for as long as anyone can remember. Amid the threat of snakes and Pop’s explosive temper, the family reunites with a country and culture still very much alive. But their long memories and smart-arse streak mean it’s not just the birds sticking their beaks where they’re not welcome. Old secrets are dug from their burrows and fledgling rivalries begin to take flight – it might all fall apart if it wasn’t for the fierce love that holds this bunch together. Families are like seasons: you don’t get to pick them, and when they show up you best be ready.
https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/the-season/

MAGGIE STONE by Caleb Lewis, directed by Sandra Eldridge , presented by Darlinghurst Theatre Co.
Sept 28 - Oct 21 at Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW (From $38-$54)
An honest portrait of modern Australia. Meet Maggie Stone, the hard-hearted face of Australia’s belligerents. She’s a rude, prickly, fifty-something small loans officer who doesn’t owe the world a thing. After refusing a loan to a Sudanese immigrant in dire need, she learns of his desperate actions and finds herself drawn to a family left behind. Enter a ruthless creditor, demanding an impossible payment from a family already drowning in debt. Maggie learns first-hand the politics of charity, for even favours require gratitude, investment requires returns and an outstanding debt awaits satisfaction. Described by The Australian as “astutely incisive and often bitterly funny”, audiences will find the inherently flawed Maggie Stone frightfully familiar.
http://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/whats-on/maggie-stone

YEN by Anna Jordan, directed by Lucy Clements, presented by New Ghosts
Sept 28 - Oct 13 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
Hench is 16, Bobbie is 14. They’re home alone in Feltham with their dog Taliban; playing PlayStation, streaming porn, watching the world go by. Sometimes their mum Maggie visits, usually with empty pockets and empty promises. Then Jenny shows up. Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own. After winning the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2013, Anna Jordon’s Yen has taken stages by storm internationally, including The Royal Court in London and The MCC in New York.
http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/yen
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

STARTING OCTOBER 2018

BIG FISH (To Be Confirmed) presented by Engadine Musical Society
Oct 2018 at Engadine Community Centre, Engadine NSW ()
http://www.engadinemusicalsociety.com.au/

WE WILL ROCK YOU - presented by Blue Mountains Musical Society
Oct/Nov 2018 at  Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood NSW ()
https://bmms.org.au/show/we-will-rock-you-2018/

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - presented by Blackout Theatre Co.
October 2018 at a venue in Sydney TBA ()
More info: http://www.blackouttheatre.com.au/

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW by Je Orton, directed by Danielle Maas, presented by New Theatre
Oct 2 - Nov 3 at 542 King St, Newtown NSW ($35/c.$30/Previews & Thrifty Thursdays $20)
Libidos run riot in this darkest of farces, stuffed full of twists and turns, mishaps and changes of fortune, coincidences and lunatic logic, as six characters gradually lose the plot, their wits and/or their clothes. Orton lays out a smorgasbord of politically-incorrect taboos in deliberately bad taste, attacking society’s hypocrisy and the established order with his delicious brand of outrageous and subversive provocation. Highly controversial when it premiered in 1969, What The Butler Saw retains its ability to shock. Even though what society deemed unacceptable 50 years ago has fluctuated over time, the play remains a joyous and very, very silly celebration of queerness. Following our production of Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane in 2012, we are delighted to be giving this, his final play, a long-overdue Sydney revival.
https://newtheatre.org.au/what-the-butler-saw/

LIE WITH ME by Liz Hobart, directed by Warwick Doddrell, presented by Old 505 Theatre
Oct 2-14 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
“Will I be forgiven for the sins I didn’t commit, but created?” – Mrs Dahmer, a poem by Sierra Mulder. A mother watches on TV as her son is arrested for the murder of three young men, their bodies discovered in his apartment. Her friends text their support but always had their doubts, while her weatherman ex-husband becomes a media sensation in the aftermath of the televised tragedy. What follows is a kaleidoscopic journey of investigation into a mother’s past and future. With her life suddenly thrust under the microscope, Lie With Me is a mother’s desperate attempt to survive in a world that names her the Mother of a Monster. Combining dynamic physical and visual storytelling, the show creates an intimate portrait of a woman facing the greatest crisis a mother can face. Lie With Me is a visceral, honest work exploring the limits of the human heart.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/lie-with-me-1510971194.html

QUARTET by Ronald Harwood, directed by Vivien Wood, presented by Pymble Players
October 3-27 at the church hall of Pymble Chapel, Corner of Mona Vale Road and Bromley Avenue, Pymble NSW ()
Reginald, Wilfred and Cissy, three former opera singers, have their companionable existence at the retirement home for musical artists challenged by newcomer Jean. A gala concert is planned for Verdi’s birthday. Can differences be settled, histories put aside and beautiful music recreated? Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
http://www.pymbleplayers.com.au/pp-productions/2018-04-quartet

THE WHARF REVUE 2018 - Written and created by Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe, presented by Sydney Theatre Co
Oct 3-13 at Glen St Theatre, Belrose NSW (From $31-$65)
Those indefatigable kings of comedy, sorcerers of satire and masters of mockery, Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe are back in the saddle and gearing up for another glorious year of political satire. We like to think of it as continuity with change. So, politicians take cover and pundits stand back, because there will be songs, there will be dance, and there will be some very funny impressions. Join us as we sort the wets from the dries, the leaks from the fakes, and the factions from the fictions in this bigger, better and wharfier Revue than ever before.
https://glenstreet.com.au/whats-on/wharf-revue-2018

THE FEATHER IN THE WEB by Nick Coyle, directed by Ben Winspear, presented by Griffin Theatre Co.
Oct 5 - Nov 17 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
Kimberly is a character like no other. She’s powerful, wicked, in control—but she has no voice. So she sets out to find it, leaving a trail of car crashes and crying people in her wake. Then she meets Miles. And she’ll do anything he says. From engagement parties to team-building weekends to improv comedy, The Feather in the Web is an unpredictable take on infatuation and self-discovery. Skewering our obsession with couples and careers, it asks just how much we’re willing to give (and lose) for love.
http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/the-feather-in-the-web/

JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, directed by James Evans, presented by Bell Shakespeare Co.
Oct 5-6 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High St, Penrith NSW ()
Act 3, Scene 1. Brutus is suspicious. Cassius is conspiring. Caesar’s days are numbered. Loved by the people, Caesar’s power is growing – which is dangerous if you live in a world driven by ego and idealism. Those that rise too fast must be dealt with. For the good of the country. For the good of those who wish to be rulers themselves. Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s political thriller, a masterpiece of intrigue and treachery. Stand witness to the assassination that leads to a life and death struggle for power in the Republic. Citizens mutiny, Mark Antony schemes, and the fate of Rome hangs in the balance
http://thejoan.com.au/whats-on/julius-caesar/

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Melissa Reeves after Henrik Ibsen, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks presented by Belvoir St Theatre
Oct 7 - Nov 4 in the Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW (From $37-$72)
Katherine Stockmann lives in a tight-knit community – she’s woven into the fabric. One day she makes a disturbing discovery: the spa water for which the town is famed is toxic. The community has been built on poison, and the truth must be told. But to her horror, people refuse to believe there’s a problem. What does she do? Does she fight for the truth if it means the loss of income, family, community, identity? Ibsen’s 1882 masterpiece in a timely new version by Melissa Reeves, with the superb Kate Mulvany as the insider who finds herself out in the cold.
https://belvoir.com.au/productions/an-enemy-of-the-people/

SHERLOCK AND ME (A WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL) Written by Louis Nowra & Stewart D'Arrietta, presented by Redline Productions
October 9 - Nov 10 at Old Fitz Theatre, Old Fitzroy Hotel, cnr Cathedral St & Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW (From $38-$45)
Texas, Queensland during the terrible floods: David Thackery, a New York university professor has escaped to the safety of a railway waiting room. Who should also seek refuge but his arch enemy in Sherlock Holmes studies, Reg Withers, a farmer and also a Holmesaphile.
https://www.redlineproductions.com.au/sherlock-and-me

EAR TO THE EDGE OF TIME by Alana Valentine, directed by Nadia Tass, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co & Seymour Centre
October 11-27 at Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW (Adult $45 / Concession $36 / School Bookings $26)
A World Premiere, Ear to the Edge of Time is the product of an extraordinary odyssey of discovery and exploration for one of Australia’s greatest contemporary playwrights, Alana Valentine. When a poet writes a contentious verse about the work of a contemporary radio astronomer, he sends her into a life-changing crisis about the role of team work in 21st Century science. The central action of the play is the discovery of a unique double pulsar system, but the drama is about a deeply reluctant gender activist, the culture of contemporary science and the nature of collaborative discovery. Ear to the Edge of Time is the result of extended conversations, interviews and observations of radio astronomers working specifically in the field of neutron star physics both in Australia and Internationally.
More detail https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/ear-to-the-edge-of-time/

EVIE MAY A TIVOLI STORY (Book by Hugo Chiarella, Music & Lyrics by Naomi Livingston) directed by Damien Ryan, presented by Hayes Theatre Co and New Musicals Australia
Oct 12 - Nov 3 at Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point NSW ()
In 1966, on the evening of the last ever Tivoli performance in Sydney, veteran variety star Evie May recalls the events that lead her from obscurity in regional Western Australia to the bright lights of the Australian variety circuit and the many sacrifices she made to get there. Forced to run away from home at an early age during WWII, Evie spent her whole life trying to escape the pain of her past. As the final curtain comes down on the Tivoli and everything that has come to define her, Evie struggles to find her place in a world that no longer values the very thing she has spent her life pursuing. EVIE MAY: A TIVOLI STORY offers a compelling take on memory, motherhood, and the fascinating characters populating Australia’s rich theatrical history.
https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/evie-may-a-tivoli-story/

FOREVER & EVER  - presented by Sydney Dance Company
Oct 16-27 at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW ()
This captivating double bill features Rafael Bonachela’s award-winning Frame of Mind and Antony Hamilton’s brand new work Forever & Ever. Frame of Mind explores the volatility of the human psyche. Winner of four Helpmann Awards, this emotionally charged work is set to a dramatic contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner from The National, recorded by San Francisco’s renowned Kronos Quartet and features a stunning set by Ralph Myers. Forever & Ever is a world premiere from internationally acclaimed choreographer Antony Hamilton. Lose yourself to the hypnotic pulse of machine influenced movement and vivid imagination, driven by an original score by Julian Hamilton of The Presets. This double bill is an enthralling display of contemporary dance at its very best.
https://www.sydneydancecompany.com/productions/forever-ever/#.WfU_Fohx3IV

BEFORE LYSISTRATA (Story by Ellana Costa & Michaela Savina / Written by
Ellana Costa / Produced by Alex Francis) presented as part of Old 505 Theatre's FreshworksFEMME Season
Oct 16-20 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($30 Adults / $20 Concession, Industry & Under 30)
Aristophane’s Lysistrata paints a picture of women at the end of their tether. With Athens and Sparta in a seemingly endless war, the women of both states take from their husbands the one thing neither of them want to live without. Sex. Before Lysistrata explores the role of women in politics and the place of feminism in the world. It offers two types of women, both devoted to their causes, and each stronger than the armies of Sparta and Athens combined. Each fights to cement their place in global politics while staying true to their values. Exploring gender in politics, the role and nature of democracy and the heart, beauty and tragedy of both the Right and the Left, Before Lysistrata examines the humanity and failings of each side in the hope we can come together for the greater good.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/freshworksfemme-1510971797.html
Tickets: https://old505theatre.iwannaticket.com.au/event/before-lysistrata-MTQzMTE

RANDOM by Debbie Tucker Green, directed by Leticia Cáceres, presented by Belvoir St Theatre
Oct 18 - Nov 11 in the Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW (From $25-$49)
A normal morning, a normal family. There’s nothing special about this day. Then the phones start to go off – something’s happened. ‘Get home quick.’ The family is caught in a nightmare, searching through the day’s details in the hope of finding a sign, a warning. But the thing about fate is that it doesn’t announce itself. Some things in life are just random.
https://belvoir.com.au/productions/random/

JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM - Based on the book by acclaimed Australian author Peter Goldsmith, Adapted by Steve Rodgers, directed by Darren Yap, presented by National Theatre of Parramatta & Riverside Theatres
Oct 18-27 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $30-$49)
'Jesus wants me for a sunbeam' is an evocative, haunting, moving tale about loss and familial relationships, a husband and wife, parents and children, brother and sister. It explores the nature of an ideal family, and their quest to define their lives through each other, isolating themselves from the outside world. The play is rumination on a kind of suffocating love.
https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/jesus-wants-me-for-a-sunbeam/

TABLE MANNERS by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Mark Kilmurry, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
Oct 19 - Jan 12 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
Norman doesn’t exactly look like one of the world’s great lovers. There’s no square jaw or twinkle in his eye. Instead he has a beard that wanders aimlessly, a penchant for puffa puffa rice and the libido of an oversexed sheepdog.
https://www.ensemble.com.au/shows/table-manners/

TWO HEARTS by Laura Lethlean, directed by Jessica Arthur, presented by The Anchor
Oct 19 - Nov 3 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
The third floor of an old townhouse in Darlington. It's hot. They're single. Why not? But what about love? Would it be a waste to fall in love so early in life? What if it all goes right? What if they waste it? Is love just distraction, or does it come out in the wash, in the daily waste? Can you ever really rid yourself of the people you once loved? This tightly constructed three hander plunges into the private and complex depths of one relationship to reveal the truth, triumphs and choices that we all must make on the journey to becoming who we are.
http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/two-hearts
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, directed by James Evans, presented by Bell Shakespeare Company
Oct 23 - Nov 25 at Sydney Opera House ()
Brutus is suspicious. Cassius is conspiring. Caesar’s days are numbered. Loved by the people, Caesar’s power is growing –which is dangerous if you live in a world driven by ego and idealism. Those that rise too fast must be dealt with. For the good of the country. For the good of those who wish to be rulers themselves. Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s political thriller, a masterpiece of intrigue and treachery. Stand witness to the assassination that leads to a life and death struggle for power in the Republic. Citizens mutiny, Mark Antony schemes, and the fate of Rome hangs in the balance.
https://www.bellshakespeare.com.au/whats-on/juliusceasar/

(W)REST - presented by The Adelphi Experiment as part of Old 505 Theatre's FreshworksFEMME Season
Oct 23-27 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($30 Adults / $20 Concession, Industry & Under 30)
The Adelphi Experiment is an all-female contemporary performance collective celebrating sisterhood throughout all ages and stages of life. Exploring the rich cultural heritage of our diverse communities, we use performance to amplify the voices and stories of girls' and women’s lives.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/freshworksfemme-1510971797.html
Tickets: https://old505theatre.iwannaticket.com.au/event/w-rest-by-the-adelphi-experiment-MTQzMTI

FOUR FLAT WHITES IN ITALY by Roger Hall, directed by Neil Moulang, presented by Cronulla Arts Theatre
Oct 26 - Dec 1 at Cronulla Arts Theatre, Surf Rd, Cronulla NSW ()
In this comedy, two couples have decided to have the "adventure before the dementia" by taking a well planned trip to Italy... so what could possibly go wrong? Written in 2009 by Roger Hall, one of New Zealand's most successful playwrights, this is a very funny play that promises a very enjoyable night at the theatre.
http://www.artstheatrecronulla.com.au/

LIVING TOGETHER by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Mark Kilmurry, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
Oct 26 - Jan 12 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
Extramarital affairs, mismatched relationships and one of the funniest uses of the word “ummm” make master comic Alan Ayckbourn’s LIVING TOGETHER both a hilarious and poignant look into middle class life.
https://www.ensemble.com.au/shows/living-together/

WHOSE UTERUS IS IT ANYWAY ? by Georgina Adamson, directed by Eve Beck, produced by Madelaine Osborn, presented as part of Old 505 Theatre's FreshworksFEMME Season
Oct 30 - Nov 3 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($30 Adults / $20 Concession, Industry & Under 30)
“What happens when an IUD, HRT and STI walk into a bar?” Have you ever wanted to take a peek at the privatest privates of complete strangers? Have a squiz at their naughty bits? A geez at their ganders? Well now you can! Four people have made appointments here at the reproductive health clinic and will now compete to receive their treatments. Our contestants are Mary the nun, Michelle the wine-mum, Lila the millennial and our dark horse Tom. What prizes will they receive? Maybe an IUD? An STI? An abortion? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
More info: https://old505theatre.com/shows/freshworksfemme-1510971797.html
Tickets: https://old505theatre.iwannaticket.com.au/event/whos-uterus-is-it-anyway-by-georgina-adamson-MTQzMTM

STARTING NOVEMBER 2018

ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Mark Kilmurry, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
Nov 2 - Jan 12 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
Norman and Annie have made a secret plan. Annie will sneak out of her home, duck through the hedge and meet Norman behind the post office at 7 o’clock. Then they will be on a bus and on their way to a romantic weekend in East Grinstead.
https://www.ensemble.com.au/shows/round-round-garden/

ARMISTICE (creative director, John Harrison) presented by bAKEHOUSE
Nov 2-11 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
Come November, it will be 100 years since the curtain went down on the “War to end all Wars”.  18 million lives were lost, 23 million were wounded. At its end, there was a Treaty, a new League of Nations, a thousand monuments. Jump-cut to 2018. We are a century older but not wiser. Radicals on the rise, Europe fragmenting, America in isolation. Discontent bubbling away. And another generation is set to ignore the lessons of the past. How do we count the cost? How do we honour the dead? How do we learn what must be learned? This immersive theatre installation from bAKEHOUSE helps us look back so we can find our way forward.
http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/armistice
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

A CHEERY SOUL by Patrick White, directed by Kip Williams, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
Nov 5 - Dec 15, 2018 at Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House (From $64-$86)
Patrick White, the only Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a towering figure in our culture. Of his plays, A Cheery Soul was White’s own favourite. It’s a fascinating work, mixing a satirical view of Australian society with an expressionistic form, poetic language and characters that are as hilarious and grotesque as they are uncannily familiar.
https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2018/a-cheery-soul

SERPENT'S TEETH by Daniel Keene, directed by Kristine Landon-Smith, presented by The Pidgin Project
Nov 9-24 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
A company of 12 actors will perform Daniel Keene’s The Serpent’s Teeth, a play in two acts that explores the ways in which ordinary people struggle on with their lives in the context of conflict and war. Citizens is set at the dividing wall of an unspecified war-torn country where a series of unconnected exchanges between ordinary people transpire as they go about their day-to-day lives. A picture of life is revealed in the fragments of the interchanges between vulnerable people where the human spirit is carefully probed and laid bare. Soldiers is set in an air force hangar in Sydney, where family members gather to receive the bodies of their sons, brothers, husbands and friends lost in a conflict that they may not have supported.
http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/the-serpents-teeth
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

THE NORMAN TRILOGY DAY, directed by Mark Kilmurry, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
Nov 10 - Jan 12 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to perform all three plays from Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece THE NORMAN CONQUESTS back-to-back for three special Saturdays. Join us for a day featuring food, drink and a whole lot of laughter.
https://www.ensemble.com.au/shows/norman-trilogy-day/

THE DANCE OF DEATH by August Strindberg, directed by Judy Davis, presented by Belvoir St Theatre
Nov 10 - Dec 23 in the Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW (From $37-$72)
An isolated home on a lonely island. A marriage. Alice and Edgar aren’t popular, and they’re not particularly happy. In fact, they loathe each other, and have done for 25 years. Their mutual antipathy is blackly hilarious and seems to have its own equilibrium. Into this duet of recrimination and resentment comes Kurt, Alice’s younger cousin. Kurt has a grudge against Edgar that goes way back. Alice senses a lever to gain the upper hand. Edgar is an old soldier, though; he knows how to keep his feet. And so the dance begins, a whirl around the stage until it’s hard to know who’s dancing with whom.
https://belvoir.com.au/productions/the-dance-of-death/

THE WHARF REVUE 2018 - written & created by Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
Nov 13 - Dec 15 at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay NSW
Those indefatigable kings of comedy, sorcerers of satire and masters of mockery, Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe, are back in the saddle and gearing up for another glorious year of political satire – this time in the Roslyn Packer Theatre. The stage will be bigger and so will the laughs. We like to think of it as continuity with change. So, politicians take cover and pundits stand back, because there will be songs, there will be dance, and there will be some very funny impressions.
https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2018/the-wharf-revue-2018

BROADWAY BOUND by Neil Simon, directed by Rosane McNamara, presented by New Theatre
Nov 13 - Dec 15 at 542 King St, Newtown NSW ($35/c.$30/Previews & Thrifty Thursdays $20)
The final play in Simon’s quasi-autobiographical trilogy (preceded by Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues) continues the story of young Eugene Jerome. Now an aspiring comedy writer with dreams of radio stardom, he’s struggling to understand the dynamics of sex and of family relationships. It’s 1949, and Eugene and his brother-cum-writing partner are stuck in the wilds of Brooklyn, with their philandering father, disillusioned mother, and unreconstructed socialist grandfather. Meanwhile his aunt has ‘married well’ and lives the good life on Park Avenue, inciting resentment in her less-fortunate relations. When the boys use their family as fodder for their comedy scripts, the fallout is intense. This hard-scrabble, working-class Jewish household is a seething mass of passive-aggressive resentments, yet Simon mines the incessant baiting and bickering that substitutes for demonstrative affection with truth, humanity and genuine humour.
https://newtheatre.org.au/broadway-bound/

BLAME TRAFFIC - Directed & written by Michael Andrew Collins, presented by Old 505 Theatre
Nov 13-24 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
Alice is cut off every day after work by the same Mercedes. One night, she decides to follow the Mercedes home. She follows the car again the next day, and the next. She becomes obsessed with the car, and its driver, Khalid. She follows him until, one day, he disappears. Alice slowly forgets about him; months later, she sees the Mercedes again. Blame Traffic is a story about chance, forgiveness, and blame, told through 5 characters, and 4 stories.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/blame-traffic-1510972064.html

EURYDICE Written by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Claudia Barrie, presented by Redline Productions
Nov 14 - Dec 15 at Old Fitz Theatre, Old Fitzroy Hotel, cnr Cathedral St & Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW (From $38-$45)
Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the Underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.
https://www.redlineproductions.com.au/eurydice

YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE by Noëlle Janaczewska, directed by Nick Atkins
Nov 15-24 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High St, Penrith NSW ()
A night of art, intrigue and some spectacular canapes. Early evening. Autumn 1954. In a house beside the Nepean River a young woman is crying. Iris is chopping onions while Leo cooks the wild mushrooms he picked that morning. Iris is growing up at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Leo is making a new life for himself after fleeing war-ravaged Europe. Both are busy mixing stories, politics and drinks for a raucous party of modernist mischief. Inspired by the history of Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue peers through the eyes of ‘the help,’ to offera fresh take on Emu Plains in the 1950s.
http://thejoan.com.au/whats-on/yellow-yellow-sometimes-blue/

LOVE by Patricia Cornelius, directed by Rachel Chant, presented by Darlinghurst Theatre Co.
Nov 16 - Dec 9 at Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW (From $38-$54)
An unapologetic, passionate and searing exploration of love.Tanya, Annie and Lorenzo desperately seek love in a loveless world. Shackled by grinding poverty and substance abuse they’re difficult to like, let alone love. They’ve been abused. They’re abusive. But it is love in all its distorted and mutated forms that holds them together. Patricia Cornelius is one of Australia’s most awarded and innovative playwrights. In 2004 Love won the Wal Cherry Award for Play of the Year and in 2006 an AWGIE Award for Stage.
http://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/whats-on/love

CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth, directed by Christopher Hamilton, presented by Hunters Hill Theatre
Nov 16-25 at Hunters Hill Town Hall, 22 Alexandra St, Hunters Hill NSW ()
A ‘maturing’ group of ladies from the local Women's Institute is desperately looking to raise money for leukemia awareness. They come up with the idea of posing for an ‘alternative’ calendar – with just a little help from strategically placed cupcakes and flower pots! This sentimental play, based on a true story, is full of heart and, well, just a little bare-faced cheek.
http://www.huntershilltheatre.com.au/component/content/article/105-2018-season

ASPECTS OF LOVE - directed by Andrew Bevis with Associate Director Scott J. Hendry, presented by Andrew Bevis Creative and Wrightworks in association with Hayes Theatre Co
Nov 22 - Dec 30 at Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point NSW ()
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s heartbreakingly romantic musical, Aspects of Love, will be staged at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co in 2018 in a new, intimate production. Based on David Garnett’s novel of the same name, Aspects of Love is a story of passion, love and loss set against the backdrop of post-war France and Italy from the 1940s through to the 1960s.
https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/aspects-of-love/

STORYLINES: CANA COMMUNITY - A COMMUNITY PROJECT - directed by Suzanne Millar, presented by bAKEHOUSE
Nov 26 - Dec 2 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
"Everyone’s life should be celebrated, rich or poor, no matter their background" — Julie Sneddon, Cana Community CEO. bAKEHOUSE’s long experience with grassroots community collaborations continues when we partner with the Cana Community to present StoryLines, giving a voice to the most marginalised as they transition from prison, addictions, violence and crime and make their way back into an often unwelcoming and frightening world. CANA provides crisis accommodation, support and respite and assistance for those at risk. For this year long project, we will be working with young writers and actors, with the support of Cana CEO Julie Sneddon and the guidance of their staff, to provide a platform for our city’s unheard voices. By pairing actors and writers with 6 of long-term Cana clients, bAKEHOUSE co-artistic directors Suzanne Millar & John Harrison will work alongside Cana staff to guide the year-long project, developing a new work for the KXT stage.
http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/community
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

ALL MY SLEEP AND WAKING by Mary Rachel Brown, directed by Dino Dimitriadis, presented by Old 505 Theatre
Nov 28 - Dec 22 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
'I am not saying I don't wish him peace but he should run through those pearly gates of heaven. If he walks, he'll get caught for something.' As a father's death approaches, three siblings struggle to reconcile with their differing experience of the same man. Conflicting memories, rusted on family habits and arguments about who will do what at the funeral all create distraction from the painful truth. Parental love isn't always fair. And keeping score on family history is a dangerous game. In a special and rare move, Mary Rachel Brown revisits and rewrites her first play; an ode to the complexity of forgiveness and a searing and unflinching look at family, love and duty.
https://old505theatre.com/shows/all-my-sleep-and-waking-1510972362.html

HASSE'S ARTASERSE - presented by Pinchgut Opera
Nov 29 + Dec 1,2,4,5, 2018 at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney ()
In triumph of casting and repertoire, Pinchgut Opera is proud to present four-time Grammy Award-nominated queen of opera Vivica Genaux with an all-star cast. Vivica Genaux stars as Mandane, beloved of Arbace, who is accused of murdering her father to ascend to his throne. Will she stand by him, and what is the truth?
http://www.pinchgutopera.com.au/artaserse/
Tickets: https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/pinchgut-vivica-genaux

NEW BREED 2018 - presented by Sydney Dance Company
Nov 29 – Dec 8 at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, NSW ()
In 2018 Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks continue their commitment to emerging choreographers and present the next edition of New Breed. Showcasing a rich diversity of choreographic ideas, the fifth batch of incredibly talented choreographers will create brand new pieces on members of Sydney Dance Company. Don’t miss this limited season of raw talent and fresh ideas from some of Australia’s most exciting dance creators.
https://www.sydneydancecompany.com/productions/new-breed-2018/#.WfU_Johx3IV

STARTING DECEMBER 2018

THE SMALLEST HOUR - Written & performed by Phil Spencer & Susie Youssef, presented by Griffin Theatre Co.
Dec 5-15 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
A bleak romantic comedy from two of Sydney’s best-loved raconteurs. A woman bails on her bestie’s Hens’ Night. A cop dodges the bus fare into town. A dog walker whistles ABBA in the dead of night. Pop the kettle on and join storytellers Phil Spencer (Story Club, Radiotonic) and Susie Youssef (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) for this bleary-eyed stagger through the night that was. The Smallest Hour is a richly woven comedy about broken dreams, second chances and velcro pants.

THE HYSTERIC by Gretel Vella, directed by Carissa Licciardello, presented by Glitterbomb
Dec 7-15 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
The Alpha, The Nice-Guy, The Soft-Boy: you’ve all met one, know one, avoid one like you would an over-affectionate uncle. Now watch as they go head-to-head in the ultimate display of masculinity, a joust for the supreme prize, the object of greatest desire - a lady! That is, until a little hysteria permeates the proceedings …Things are about to get a little crazy. In this brand new Aussie play from Gretel Vella and Carissa Licciardello, good old-fashioned farce meets contemporary archetypes in a biting social satire. From the team that brought you A Period Piece (Old 505) and All That Glitters (NIDA) comes a show that promises to be wildly over-the-top, deeply shocking and unabashedly hilarious -- just like a bout of hysteria. Glitterbomb likes to think of its work as a softly-coated layer-cake with a touch of arsenic in the cream -- that you catch more flies with honey, and honey sticks.
http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/the-hysteric
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887


STARTING JANUARY 2019

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