(2018) U - Now to June 2018 - WHAT'S ON - Theatre - SYDNEY

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Feb 11 - May 6 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney ()
Over 60 million people all around the globe have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. And now, in a stunning new production, we invite you to fall in love all over again! Voulez Vous, S.O.S, Take a Chance On Me, Dancing Queen and so many more hits you know and love make this worldwide phenomenon a fabulous night out for audiences of all ages. A celebration of love, laughter, family and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is exactly what the world needs right now. Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s heart-warming tale centres around Sophie, a young bride- to-be. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/804014

Feb 28 - June 3 at Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star (Casino), Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW ()
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical. 
Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/2392520

THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Tom Wright, directed by Kip Williams, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
March 21 - April 28 at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW (From $66-$96)
We get the leaders we deserve. Arturo Ui is a small-time gangster with a lust for power. In a city shaken by economic crisis and undermined by corruption, Ui keeps rising and rising until he reaches the very top. When he gets there, he won’t be breaking the law, he’ll be making it. Hugo Weaving returns to STC in this powerhouse role. Written in 1941 as a cautionary satire on the rise of Hitler, Bertolt Brecht’s play is both thrillingly sharp and riotously funny. Set in 1930s Chicago, it has the wit, murder and musicality of a gangster movie while asking a very political question – how do we let a man like that come to power?

DIPLOMACY by Cyril Gély, Translated and adapted by Julie Rose, directed by John Bell, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
March 23 - April 28 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
In 1944 at the Hôtel Meurice, the Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling and the German General, Dietrich von Choltitz meet in a life and death situation for the city of Paris.

GOING DOWN by Michelle Lee, directed by Leticia Cáceres, presented by Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre
March 23 - May 5 at Wharf 2 Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay NSW ($29-$33)
Sex and the millennial city. Natalie Yang has just published her memoir, Banana Girl, a sexually explicit look at life as a twenty-something woman in millennial Australia. It isn’t the heart-warming migrant story that people expected. Nor is it a feminist call to arms. And it certainly isn’t on the best-seller lists. Going Down is the first full-length play for STC by Michele Lee, winner of the 2016 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award for her play Rice. Co-produced with Malthouse Theatre, it’s a brutally funny and frank examination of flawed characters failing at life in the most outrageous ways possible....

THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Sarah Goodes, presented by Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company
March 29 - May 19 at Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House ($64-$86)
A brilliant drama with electric undercurrents. After decades of hard work and raising a family, Hazel and her husband Robin have retired to a cottage by the sea. It’s the idyllic life they always wanted – but there’s a catch. Not far away, the nuclear power plant they used to work at has been torn apart by a natural disaster. And into their quiet life comes an old friend with a frightening proposition. The fallout will be unpredictable....

THE SOUND OF WAITING by Mary Anne Butler, directed by Suzanne Pereira, presented by Darlinghurst Theatre Co.
March 31 - April 22 at Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW (From $38-$54)
A story about hope and survival that cuts straight to the heart. A tiny wooden boat is battered by roaring seas, on board Hamed Mokri cradles his small daughter. His former homeland now more perilous than the seas he’s fighting, his daughter the very last soul he can protect other than his own. He clings to a fading silver lining, to find land girt by sea. Meanwhile, an Angel of Death hangs over them with reckoning, conjuring up all its power to send them both to the bottom of the unknown sea – silent, and black, and endless. Written in response to Tony Abbott’s infamous comment, “Jesus knew there was a place for everything, and it’s not everyone’s place to come to Australia.”  The Sound of Waiting is a powerfully poetic allegory for our times, exploring displacement, resilience and hope in a world that has closed its doors on humanity. 


SAMI IN PARADISE - Based on The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman, directed by Eamon Flack, presented by Belvoir St Theatre
April 1-29 in the Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW (From $37-$72)
A displaced persons camp that’s become a town. Sami’s lived here so long he can barely remember his real home. He’s a bit of a dreamer, a bit of a clown. One night he wakes up at the end of his tether. There’s gotta be more to life than this. He stakes his dignity on learning the tuba, little knowing he’s set out on a path that will lead him to attending his own funeral…  Sami in Paradise is a fresh new version of Nikolai Erdman’s classic 1928 comedy The Suicide, transplanted from the obliterating regime of Stalin’s Russia to the obliterating regime of living stateless in the world today. A play full of slapstick, exuberance, and the zing of being alive – if Hamlet were a clown in a refugee camp, this is what you’d get.

THE FLICK by Annie Baker, directed by Craig Baldwin, presented by Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre
April 5-21 at Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW (Adult $42 / Concession $35 / Previews $30)
In a crumbling Massachusetts movie house, three minimum wage employees perform the humdrum labour necessary to keep one of the last 35 millimetre projectors running. The movies on the big screen are no match for the tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks that play out in the popcorn-strewn empty aisles. As they banter, sweep, mop and sweep some more, the trio reveal longing, hopes and a compelling story all their own. With humanity, humour and tenderness, The Flick builds into a heartfelt cry for authentic connection in a fast-changing world.

A GIRL IS A HALF FORMED THING by Eimear McBride, adapted for the stage by Annie Ryan, directed by Erin Taylor, presented by Brevity Theatre
April 6-21 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
There is no more important time than now to stage this play. A Girl is a Half Formed Thing will carry you into the heart, mind and body of a girl. Subjected to the forces of stultifying religion, predatory men and a pious mother, she will form in front of your eyes. This one-woman show inhabits and speaks the experience of a young woman coming of age. It is raw and poetic. It carries forward the greatest of Irish literary legacy - a Joycean stream of consciousness set in an abstract Beckettian landscape. But this is her voice. The voice of a young woman in this world of men. We invite you to jump in the fierce current that is the lyrical and poetic stream of this play.
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SPECKLED BAND by Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Max Gee, presented by Genesian Theatre Co.
April 7 - May 12 at Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent St, Sydney CBD ()
A classic of detective fiction, Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band is presented in a brand new adaptation from Conan Doyle's original by British playwright Max Gee. One for the true believers, this is, elementarily, the very best of Holmes.

BATCH FESTIVAL - BEATS, ACTS, TALES, COMEDY, HITS - presented by Griffin Theatre Co
April 9-28 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod S, Kings Cross NSW ()
A three-week fiesta of alternative writing that will introduce Griffin audiences to exciting new Australian voices. We’re inviting an exceptional line-up of storytellers, poets, comedy artists and non-traditional performance makers to take over the Stables. To top it off, the foyer will be transformed into a curated, vibrant space with live entertainment—and if it all gets too exciting you can refresh yourself with hand-crafted beers supplied by Batch Brewing Company.

RAPID READS - presented by Dino Dimitriadis and Apocalypse Theatre Company (associate producer Jordan Shea)
April 9-22 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
Following the success of 2017's season, Rapid Reads is back at the Old 505. The festival will showcase the newest work from Australia's most contemporary emerging playwrights, who will be paired with and mentored by some of our best established writers. This year, Rapid Reads will include a series of panels, discussions and networking nights for a two-week joyride of new work.

April 13-22 at Robertson Park, Watsons Bay, NSW ()
In 2018, Bard On The Beach will be presenting two Shakespeare classics: The Tragedy of King Richard 3rd and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. We are extremely proud of our summer season of classical theatre the way it was meant to be: raw, traditional, honest, entertaining, and all while you picnic under the stars at beautiful locations around NSW.

SONGS FROM STAGE & SCREEN (Ages 12+) Written & Directed by Tarita Botsman / Music Direction by Glenn Amer / Choreographed by Joseph Simons, Produced by Cre8ion
April 18-20 at The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW (From $73.15 to $78.25)
Synopsis: It is 1956. Radio broadcasters predict that television will be the death of radio.  The 7 Sopranos must transform themselves from Australia’s favourite radio singers to TV stars. Will they succeed? Brace yourselves for a night of unforgettable singing all in a flurry of nylons, killer heels and eye-poppin’ lipstick! Suitability: 12+
Ticketing Link: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SONGSFRO18
Web link: http://theconcourse.com.au/songs-stage-screen-featuring-7-sopranos/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the7sopranos/
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THE EFFECT - written by Lucy Prebble, directed by Andrew Henry, presented by Redline Productions
April 19 - May 19 at Old Fitz Theatre, Old Fitzroy Hotel, cnr Cathedral St & Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW (From $38-$45)
The Effect is a clinical romance. Two young volunteers agree to take part in a drug trial and succumb to their mutual attraction, threatening to de-rail the trial to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving play explores questions of sanity and the limits of medicine.

WE WILL ROCK YOU (the musical by Queen & Ben Elton) presented by Hornsby Musical Society
April 19-22 at Hornsby RSL Club, Hornsby NSW ()

LITTLE WOMEN - presented by Chatswood Musical Society
April 20–28 at Independent Theatre, North Sydney, NSW ()
Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo, an aspiring author, weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.

PRIVATE LIVES by Noël Coward, directed by Sarah Lovesy, presented by the Elanora Players
April 20-28 at 49A Kalang Rd, Elanora Heights, NSW ()
This is a comedy about something profound - it is about LOVE, about being alive, about trying to be happy and how hard that is as being in love can make you bonkers!!

STILL POINT TURNING: THE CATHERINE MCGREGOR STORY written & directed by Priscilla Jackman, based on interviews with Catherine McGregor, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
April 21 - May 26 at Wharf 1 Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW (From $52-$60)
A life worth living. This is a vivid theatrical portrayal of one of our country’s most intriguing public figures. From the age of eight, Catherine McGregor knew she was a woman. But first she would have to live as a man. She played many parts: son, brother, husband, athlete, soldier, speech writer. She worked in professions full of machismo, inside institutions built by men. Every day was a challenge, and every challenge took its toll. In 2012, aged 56, McGregor faced a turning point: end her life, or transition as a woman.

THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE by Martin McDonagh, directed by Deborah Mulhall, presented by New Theatre
April 24 - May 26 at 542 King St, Newtown NSW ($35/c.$30/Previews & Thrifty Thursdays $20)
“Grit your teeth James. This may hurt” - Ruthless enforcer “Mad” Padraic is considered too crazy for the IRA and he’s sorely trying the patience of his INLA comrades. Padraic cares about one thing, and one thing only – and it’s not the fight for Irish independence. It’s his little black cat, Wee Thomas. When he learns that Wee Thomas has been killed, Paidraic rushes home to the island of Inishmore, much to the relief of the Belfast drug-pusher whose nipples he was about to remove. But as Padraic pursues revenge, and bodies pile up in his wake, his soft spot for Wee Thomas may prove to be his downfall. This brazen and unapologetically blood-curdling farce combines comedy and violence in a darkly funny portrait of rivalries among terrorists for whom killing, torturing and bombing are just day-jobs.

YOUTH AND DESTINATION - written and directed by James Raggatt, presented by Manifesto Theatre Company
April 27 - May 12 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
An open exploration into things large and small, acute and obtuse of century twenty-one. A world created by us, out of our control. The people are those of our planet. Patients, pornographers, beggars, past lovers, future lovers, friends, foes, artists, accountants, athletes, gamers, politicians, poets, terror makers, cleaners, revellers, butterflies, home buyers, mental patients, superstars, nobodies, criminals, people, people, people: all important, all unimportant, all different, all alike. Youth and Destination features us, we on earth, wading through a mess of modern society; Complexities, hypocrisies, fantasies, climate, fear, anger, delight, death, power, universalism, race, generational divide, loneliness. Incommunicable confusion.
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

CARMEN, LIVE OR DEAD (Written by Craig Harwood, Music and Lyrics by iOTA) presented by Oriel Entertainment Group, Progeny Pictures & Orange Sky Creative in association with Hayes Theatre Co
April 28 - May 6 at Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point NSW ()
The fascinating and extraordinary story of Carmen Frida Leon Davidovich, The Love Child of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky. Carmen is complex. She is irreverent. She is salacious. She is bold. She is intersex. And it is the last day of her life.


THE EUROBEAT GOES ON - presented by The Regals Musical Society
May 2018 at a venue in Rockdale NSW, TBA ()

May 2018 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney ()
Get ready to shake your groove thing as Australia’s most successful homegrown musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert rocks in to Sydney in May 2018. The iconic hit musical has more glitter than ever, featuring a dazzling array of more than 500 award-winning costumes, 200 headdresses and a nonstop parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE, FINALLY, and many more. Based on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

URINETOWN - - presented by Blue Mountains Musical Society
May/June 2018 at Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood NSW ()

WE WILL ROCK YOU (directed by Meg Day / Musical Director: Danielle Fuller / Choreographer: Nikki Newman / Assistant Director: Darren Hutchinson) presented by Engadine Musical Society
May 2018 at Sutherland Entertainment Centre ()

REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN by Alice Birch, directed by Charles Sanders, presented by House of Sand and Old 505 Theatre
May 2-19 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
In Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Alice Birch tears apart the language, structures and ideas that keep feminism and women trapped inside a patriarchal system, and presents a rallying cry for a new feminism; to work outside the system and re-redefine the way we think about womanhood. Packed with intelligence, humour and wrenching social commentary, Revolt will be a punch in the face wrapped in a satin glove.

BENEFACTORS by Michael Frayn, directed by Dianne Howden, presented by Pymble Players
May 2-26 at the church hall of Pymble Chapel, Corner of Mona Vale Road and Bromley Avenue, Pymble NSW ()
When the commission to transform a Victorian era slum in South London into modern low-rise community-friendly dwellings comes his way, David, a passionate and idealistic architect, couldn’t be more excited. But the potentially career changing utopian development on Basuto Road soon takes on a very different shape. Written in 1984, and set in 1960-70s London, Benefactors encompasses universal themes that resonate powerfully today. The road to hell is paved with good intentions

SHIRLEY VALENTINE by Willy Russell, directed by Mark Kilmurry, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
May 3 - June 9 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
Something’s about to change for Mrs Shirley Bradshaw, mother of grown children and confidence eroded housewife. After decades of dull married life, mince dinners every Thursday and talking to the kitchen wall, her former self – the fearless Shirley Valentine – is fizzing to get out. And she’s ready to change everything. Even the wall.

GOOD COOK. FRIENDLY. CLEAN by Brooke Robinson, directed by Marion Potts, presented by Griffin Theatre Co.
May 4 - June 16 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
A portrait of a woman slipping through the cracks of Sydney's housing crisis. It's not a comfortable play — it’s a critical one. Brooke Robinson has written an unflinching examination of homelessness, asking how willing we are, as a society, to take care of our most vulnerable. As the housing crisis worsens, what happens to people like Sandra – to those who don’t own a home, who are getting older and don’t have family to fall back on?

THE SUGAR HOUSE by Alana Valentine, directed by Sarah Goodes, presented by Belvoir St Theatre
May 5 - June 3 in the Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW (From $37-$72)
Narelle is a high achiever, a lawyer, with working-class roots and political clout. But something keeps bringing her back to Pyrmont. This peninsula was her family’s bedrock, and the home of her extraordinary grandmother June, who held everything together through the decades: a son’s brush with the law, a daughter’s battles with demons, a husband’s decline. Life revolved around the sugar refinery. For a time this was the sweetest neighbourhood in the country. But the family bedrock, like the sugar, has dissolved away. Narelle can’t fix the past, but maybe she can fix the future. A story of Sydney – work and corruption, family and massive social change. A story of how Australia went from working class to middle class. Best of all, the great Kris McQuade returns to Belvoir.

CARLOTTA, QUEEN OF THE CROSS (Starring Carlotta / Musical Director Michael Griffiths) presented by Hayes Theatre Co
May 10-13 at Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point NSW ()
Australian icon, political activist, showbiz royalty, living legend: Carlotta has led an extraordinary life. Outrageously funny and brutally honest, the inspiration for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert takes you on another whirlwind ride with songs and stories from 50 years on and off the stage. Accompanied by Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths, she sings the classics by Berlin, Rogers & Hart, Sondheim and her dear friend, Peter Allen.

THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Tom Richards, presented by Cronulla Arts Theatre
May 11 - June 16 at Cronulla Arts Theatre, Surf Rd, Cronulla NSW ()
Lane and Charles are both doctors. They have hired a Brazilian housekeeper named Matilde, who's more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in house cleaning. Lane's sister Virginia is nuts about cleaning and she and Matilde become fast friends, with Virginia taking over the cleaning while Matilde works on her comedy routine. Trouble brews when Charles reveals he has found his soul mate in one of his cancer patients, Anna. A whimsical romantic comedy with both laughter and tears.

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER by Oliver Goldsmith, directed by Peter Farmer, presented by Lane Cove Theatre Company
May 11-26 at The Performance Space at St Aidan's, 1 Christina Street, Longueville NSW ()
May delights with the classic bawdy romp, She Stoops to Conquer by Sir Oliver Goldsmith. When Marlow mistakes Kate’s house for an inn and treats her father like an inn-keeper, things are not going so smoothly for him. With her brother causing mischief, her father insulted and her mother plotting a marriage that nobody wants, it’s no wonder Kate has to stoop to conquer. This production belongs to that small group of classic English comedies which never go out of fashion. Directed by Peter Farmer (Away, The 39 Steps, Shadowlands, Charley’s Aunt). This production is a true delight, a sweet concoction of Goldsmith’s sly language and lovable characters. He has given us a rarity – a comedy that, like Shakespeare’s comedies, has withstood the test of time.

BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN by Nakkiah Lui, directed by Declan Greene, presented by Sydney Theatre Company & and Malthouse Theatre
May 12 - June 30 at Wharf 2 Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW (From $39-$48)
Two actors, countless murders, heart-pumping animations and a brand new Aboriginal superhero. Reconciliation… or revenge? Somewhere in the Australian bush, mild-mannered archaeologist Dr Jacqueline Black is conducting a survey on a site intended for the new factory of a shadowy corporation. She’s under pressure to provide the all-clear, but when her dig uncovers a mass grave, she picks up a skull and is immediately over-powered by the spirit of her Aboriginal great-great-grandmother. Blackie Blackie Brown, cold-blooded vigilante, is born.

AB [INTRA] - presented by Sydney Dance Company
May 14–26 at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW ()
Explore the depth of human impulse with the world premiere of Rafael Bonachela’s ab [intra], meaning ‘from within’ in Latin. Sydney Dance Company’s 2018 season opens with an electrifying journey into the extremes of human nature. Discover what drives our relationships and ignites our ambitions in this visceral new piece showcasing Australia’s best contemporary dancers. ab [intra] is Bonachela’s latest collaboration with composer Nick Wales and his first full-length work since the epic masterpieces 2 One Another and the critically acclaimed Project Rameau with ACO in 2012. A dynamic work of exquisite athleticism, ab [intra] exposes the shared instincts that drive us apart and bring us back together.

THE ORCHID AND THE CROW - Created and Performed by Daniel Tobias / Produced by Salvador Dinosaur & Critical Stages
7.30pm Friday May 18 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High St, Penrith NSW ()
A comedy about an atheist surviving cancer by finding god in Lance Armstrong - with song! Daniel Tobias grew up in a Jewish-atheist household. In 2004 he found out he had stage-four testicular cancer and went searching for god. Any god. Enter Lance Armstrong, seven-times winner of the Tour de France and legendary cancer survivor. Lance Armstrong’s story gave Daniel solace and hope when he needed it. Now of course, Armstrong is a fallen angel and after Daniel’s full recovery, he wonders – how many times will he be cheated by a god? This is a story about being let down by your heroes and those who you worship – time and time and time again.

GYPSY (Director Richard Carroll / Musical Director Joe Accaria / Choreographer Cameron Mitchell) presented by Hayes Theatre Co
May 18 - June 30 at Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point NSW ()
Regarded by many as the greatest musical ever created, Gypsy is the ultimate mother-daughter story – the sophisticated, gripping, funny and heartbreaking tale of Madame Rose, and her fight for her daughters’ success, no matter what the cost.

YEOMEN OF THE GUARD - presented by Eastwood Uniting Church Musical Society
May 18 - June 3 at Eastwood Uniting Church Hall, corner of Hillview Avenue and Lakeside Road, Eastwood NSW ()

THE WALWORTH FARCE by Enda Walsh, directed by Kim Hardwick, presented by Workhorse Theatre Co.
May 18 - June 9 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
What are we, if we’re not our stories? After the death of their Mother, Sean and Blake have left Ireland. Trapped in a tiny flat in South London, endlessly condemned by their father Dinny to re-create and perform his fictional version of his departure from Cork in the hope of winning the “actors trophy”. They embark on a chaotic, roller-coaster ride of sobering lows and hilarious highs. Filled with high-jinx, mischief, sadness, madness, menace, regret and longing, it is a farce in every sense of the word that also explores the dysfunction and brutal loyalty of family.
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co
7.30pm Sat May 19 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW ()
One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Tempest is a symphonic vision of forgiveness, discovery and self-discovery. Famous for its language, context, enchanting characters and breathtaking theatricality it is a reflection of the world’s most famous playwright at the height of his powers and at the end of his remarkable career. On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man and no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm, he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL by Baz Luhrmann, presented by Willoughby Theatre Co.
May 19 - June 3 at The Concourse, Chatswood NSW ()
The inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann created as a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney back in 1984. FEATURING SONGS FROM THE 1992 HIT FILM including "Love is in the Air", "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" and "Time After Time", as well as new songs from internationally acclaimed artists and composers such as Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect. Strictly Ballroom has become an iconic Australian musical with a love story as its heart and a lot of ballroom dancing as its attraction. The story, the characters, the plot and the music couldn’t happen anywhere else in the world except in Australia in 1985!

THE BRIDE OF WAR - Co-created & performed by Hannah Cox, Caitlin West & Pierce Wilcox, presented by Sekrit Projekt and Old 505 Theatre
May 22-26 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
The Bride of War is a feminist response to Shakespeare’s Henry V, turning that epic of war and nationalism into an intimate study of patriarchal power, told through music, dance, visual art and Shakespeare’s greatest writing.

STALKING THE BOGEYMAN - Written by Markus Potter & David Holthouse, directed by Neil Gooding
May 23 - June 23 at Old Fitz Theatre, Old Fitzroy Hotel, cnr Cathedral St & Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW (From $38-$45)
“This time last year I was plotting to kill a man.” Twenty-five years after he was sexually assaulted, award-winning journalist David Holthouse learns his 'bogeyman’ has moved to his new neighbourhood. Armed with a pistol and a plan, he plots to enact revenge on the man who stole his childhood.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde, presented by Genesian Theatre Co.
May 26 - June 30 at Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent St, Sydney CBD ()
A perfect play for our theatre, this overdue revival will introduce a whole new audience to the joys of bunburying, handbags, and those hard to obtain cucumber sandwiches.

CHICAGO - presented by Berowra Musical Society
May 26 - June 2 at Berowra Community Centre, The Gully Road, Berowra NSW ()
Chicago is a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery,all those things we hold near and dear to our heart. Set in the legendary city of Chicago during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in the Cook County Jail...

TWILIGHT + MUT - presented by Motimaru Dance Company (Berlin)
May 29 - June 9 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ()
1) Twilight questions the fundamental purpose of human art, and searches for a new dance method to walk down the stairs towards the depth of our being through the subtlest movement within.
2) MUT - How often do we read news without having an idea of the depth of that reality? We are used to hear such news, throw away the newspaper and continue the daily life as always. But if the newspaper could take life what would we see?
Motimaru is a dance company founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo, based in Berlin since 2010. Their background is in performing arts, modern dance, martial arts, and butoh.


STOLEN by Jane Harrison, directed by Vicki Van Hout, presented by National Theatre of Parramatta & Riverside Theatres
May 29 - June 1 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $30-$49)
Directed by Vicki Van Hout this fresh interpretation of the tender and moving play revisits Jane Harrison’s important historical text about five individuals from The Stolen Generations in the context of Australia today. Featuring themes of loss and love together with the poignancy of the characters struggling to make sense of their world, Stolen will resonate with you for a long time. Please Note: This production contains coarse language, loud noises and adult themes.

KX / ULTRA - (creative director John Harrison / associate directors Nell Ranney, Constantine Costi, Michael Costi, and Tobias Manderson-Galvin) presented by bAKEHOUSE, Kings Cross Hotel & Vivid Sydney
May 30 - June 9 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
Find yourself off the grid. Kings Cross has been the cross-roads of the Emerald City for hundreds of years. A crossroads is a place where the boundaries between worlds are thin, where journeys intersect and possibilities diverge. It is a threshold or a gateway to another world. Part hybrid immersive experience over 5 floors of the Kings Cross Hotel, part CIA-funded experiment in mind-control, KX \ ULTRA explores what it means to stand at the crossroads and make a choice. Wait at the crossroads when the time is right and the traveller might meet ... anyone. Step through the gateway and the traveller might find themselves ... anywhere. Created by the team behind the sold-out VIVID 2016 smash 'Visiting Hours', and working with the Kings Cross Hotel, KX \ ULTRA fuses technology, imagination and dark magic to create a thrillingly unique and delightfully trippy experience.
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887


LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (directed by Rod Herbert with musical director Anthony Cutrupi) presented by Rockdale Musical Society
June 2018 at Rockdale Town Hall, Rockdale NSW ()

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts, directed by Louise Fischer, presented by New Theatre
June 5 - July 7 at 542 King St, Newtown NSW ($35/c.$30/Previews & Thrifty Thursdays $20)
In the scorching heat of an Oklahoma summer, the Weston family has come together due to the disappearance of their patriarch, a world-class poet and alcoholic. Violet, the matriarch, is depressed, addicted to pain-killers, and ruthlessly honest in her opinions. Her three daughters harbour problematic lovers and deep secrets. Violet’s younger sister, Mattie Fae and her family are well-versed in the Weston family art of cruelty, while her teenage grand-daughter is wise beyond her years, the result of living amongst these warring adults. Observing the chaos is the young, recently-employed housekeeper, a newcomer to this battlefield. As the temperature soars, so do the familial tensions, boiling over in vicious point-scoring and score-settling to sensationally entertaining effect. This insightful and compassionate study of a family in meltdown is both dense and deeply funny, a brilliant example of the best of contemporary American drama and a theatrical juggernaut of epic proportions.

SAINT JOAN by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Imara Savage, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
June 5-30 at Roslyn Packer Theatre, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW (From $66-$96)
The fight of her life. A common girl with uncommon conviction, Joan of Arc has stood as an icon of protest throughout the ages. Her faith and her visions, which inspired an entire army to victory, were both her greatest strength and her downfall. Burned at the stake as a heretic at the age of 19 and later canonised, her story has been re-written and co-opted in every generation by writers, theologians, film-makers and artists....

QUIET FAITH by David Williams, directed by David Williams
June 7-10 at Glen St Theatre, Belrose NSW (From $31-$65)
From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams (The Table of Knowledge), comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful. The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. Many members of the current Federal Government profess deep Christian beliefs and groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby loudly intervene in public policy debates. Yet new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way actively campaign against government policies. The spectacle of religious leaders undertaking non-violent acts of civil disobedience, including prayer vigils in the offices of Christian politicians, has captured the imaginations of many. Quiet Faith has been generated from hours of interviews with Christian Australians. Beautiful, immersive, full of musicality and heart, it is an antidote to despair about religion and politics, offering a portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

TREE OF LIFE 2018 - presented by Treehouse Theatre
10am & 12.30pm Friday June 8 at The Concourse, Chatswood NSW (From $18-$30)
In Tree of Life, young refugees who have experienced the horror of war, trauma and persecution, perform their own true stories in a symphony of spoken word, music and movement. Young refugees from Iraq and Syria now attending Miller High School and Intensive English Centre, will charm and inspire with their humour, honesty and innocence as they perform pivotal moments from their lives. It’s the magic of authentic voices, calling us to share their stories of horror and joy, of laughter and pain, of wonder and resilience. The performance consists of some 25 vignettes which will leave audiences not only laughing and smiling but with a greater understanding of the refugee journey and the amazing contribution these young people are already making to the Australian community. Come, and enjoy a life-changing 90 minutes.

PERSONAL - presented by Jodee Mundy Collaborations
June 8-9 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $24-$37)
“It was only when Jodee was five years old and lost at Kmart that she realised her whole family were Deaf.” - Part performance, part multimedia and live art, Jodee Mundy’s ground-breaking solo performance explores her personal experience as the only hearing person in a Deaf family. Portrayed through the eyes of a child, Jodee does not see any ‘disability’; only the love and protection of her family. Despite this, she often witnessed a bittersweet ignorance from many towards her family. Innovatively presented in the form of two languages, Jodee simultaneously translates herself using English and Auslan through the use of a virtual interpreter and captioning. A deeply touching story, Personal explores dis/ability and how we perceive one another. It ultimately breaks down barriers and creates a greater understanding of signed and spoken language by highlighting how humans can communicate in multiple ways. Please note: This production is accessible to Deaf and hearing impaired, as well as hearing audiences. It contains some adult themes and strong language.

SEASONS GREETINGS by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Peter Paige, presented by Hunters Hill Theatre
June 8-17 at Hunters Hill Town Hall, 22 Alexandra St, Hunters Hill NSW ()
Author Alan Ayckbourn regards yuletide disasters as a gift to the comic dramatist and this play has all the ingredients for an explosive evening as he brings together a group of characters who really can’t stand each other. We follow the Bunkers over 4 days leading up to Christmas and endure the rows, tears and forced merriment of family reunions. After this, your Christmas will seem quite normal!

(MOLIERE'S) THE HYPOCHONDRIAC in a new version by Hilary Bell, directed by Jo Turner, presented by Darlinghurst Theatre Co.
June 9 - July 1 at Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW (From $38-$54)
An irreverent and delicious farce where the old world meets the new. Argan is a needy and controlling patriarch of a household of women, and his hypochondria is the perfect means to keep them at his beck and call. But when his self-obsession extends to selling off his daughter in return for on-tap medical attention, his housekeeper Toinette decides it’s time to fight back. In this world premiere, Hilary Bell adapts Molière’s classic satire for contemporary Australian audiences. The Hypochondriac critiques a society of over-diagnosis and over-prescription that has us clamouring for short-cut fixes and pharmaceuticals. The Hypochondriac is a hilarious farce for our times where all’s well that ends well and a little bit of sense triumphs over the unreasonable.

BLISS by Peter Carey, adapted for the stage by Tom Wright, directed by Matthew Lutton, a co-production by Belvoir St Theatre and Malthouse Theatre
June 9 - July 15 in the Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW (From $37-$72)
Harry Joy is the blessed Australian – a childhood of mystical innocence, a home stuffed with love, he brings a smile to all he meets. Then, one warm afternoon on the front lawn, he dies. It’s only for a few minutes – he’s revived. But the world he wakes to is changed; his wife, children and friends all now seem avaricious monsters. And so it dawns on Harry Joy: he hasn’t survived his heart attack at all. He is in Hell. Enter Honey Barbara, a hippy from the rainforest, wise to the ways of the big city. She and Harry melt back into the verdant bush, where their children tell a story of a Paradise Found. Found

AIR by Joanna Erskine, directed by Anthony Skuse, presented by Old 505 Theatre
June 13-30 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession, Industry & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
The dead don’t talk back. Until now. Annabel sits in a dark radio studio, hosting the graveyard shift. Single and introverted, she spends her nights reading the death notices to a silent audience. One morning while on air, the station phone rings. When Annabel answers, she unwittingly unleashes the grief and secrets of an entire community, desperate to connect with the past. From writer Joanna Erskine (K.I.J.E., Boot) and director Anthony Skuse, comes this black and bittersweet comedy about death, grief, holding on and letting go.

MARJORIE PRIME by Jordan Harrison, directed by Mitchell Butel, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
June 15 - July 21 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
Marjorie is 85 years old. Some days she feels as sharp as a whip while others are a foggy blur. Since the loss of her husband she finds it a challenge to eat a spoonful of peanut butter and struggles to remember the fine details of her life.

DRESDEN by Justin Fleming, directed by Suzanne Millar, presented by bAKEHOUSE
June 15 - July 7 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW (Early Bird $25)
World Premiere. Every big idea needs a little nudge. Young Adolf has a plan. A grand vision that will ignite the people and set fire to their dreams… he is going to write an opera. He has the story, the structure and the lyrics. Now he just needs the music. And for that he needs a few little tips from someone in the know. In 1838 Richard Wagner writes Rienzi, the opera that launches his career. Seventy years later, a 19 year old Adolf Hitler witnesses Rienzi in performance. For Wagner, it was one of the greatest creative acts known to us. For Hitler, it set in motion the greatest human destruction we have ever seen. For both, the city of Dresden is their stage.
Earlybird Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/337887

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co.
7.30pm Sat June 16 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $-$)
Sport For Jove’s Artistic Director, Damien Ryan brings the full force of his acclaimed theatricality and invention to a brand new vision of Shakespeare’s astonishing classic. In the heat of the shortest night of the year, young lovers and work-a-day dreamers plunge into a world between sleep and waking, where “everything seems double”. A powerful vision of growing up live on stage, this production is a perfect introduction to theatre for young people and those who love Shakespeare. Please note: This production contains haze and loud noises.

IMPENDING EVERYONE (ages 14+) by Michael Andrew Collins, presented by ATYP
June 20 - July 7 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
What happens when we have to own up to things we have said—when our anonymity is stripped away? Someone at Elia’s high school has gotten access to all the students’ browser histories. They plan to release them. What do they want? Nothing more than everybody at school finding out who they, and everyone around them, really are. Elia and her friends can’t let this happen; they have secrets that can’t come out, and only one day to stop it. Set at a NSW high school, Impending Everyone explores what happens when we have to own up to things we have said—when anonymity is stripped away and our desires are laid bare.

HANDEL'S ATHALIA - presented by Pinchgut Opera
June 21,23,24,26, 2018 at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney ()
The first great English oratorio. A poet of the human heart through music, Handel’s brilliance at examining human nature is in full flight with Athalia. He presents characters rich in thought and feeling, combined with some simply stunning choruses that will knock your socks off. Then there are heart-stopping moments when everything clears but for a few strings and a single voice. It’s just magic. In the sure hands of Cantillation – an ensemble of voices with the speed, agility and flexibility of a chamber orchestra – Athalia will be Pinchgut Opera at its very best.
Tickets: https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/pinchgut-athalia

UNQUALIFIED by Genevieve Hegney and Catherine Moore, directed by Janine Watson, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
June 22 - July 21 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
It’s not every business partnership that begins with an escape from the Department of Human Services after an attempted pen stabbing, but then again there’s nothing conventional in Genevieve Hegney and Catherine Moore’s very funny UNQUALIFIED.

MACBETH by William Shakespeare, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co.
7.30pm Sat June 23 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $-$)
Sport for Jove’s critically acclaimed, thrilling production of Macbeth returns after sell-out seasons in 2015 and 2016. On a barren heath, three sisters tell the great and bloodied Macbeth that he is fated to be King of Scotland. So begins a terrifying series of events that lead to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children. Macbeth and his Lady fall prey to a soul-corroding guilt as they desperately try and cling to the defiled crown. This haunting production is an atmospheric, faithful and exciting introduction to Shakespeare’s play for young audiences. Please note: This production contains haze and loud noises.

LETTERS TO LINDY by Alana Valentine, directed by Darren Yap, produced by Merrigong Theatre Company in association with Canberra Theatre Centre
7.30pm Tue-Wed June 26-27 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High St, Penrith NSW ()
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 nation’s prejudices laid bare. Over three decades, from baby Azaria’s death to the final coroner’s report, the public wrote more than 20,000 letters to Lindy Chamberlain. From sympathy to abuse, letters from children and letters from those who have lost a child, these letterstraverse the gamut of human response to Lindy’s story. Letters to Lindy draws on this correspondence, as well as extensive interviews with Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton herself, to create an enthralling, moving, and long overdue dialogue between Lindy and the nation.

PERMISSION TO SPIN - Written by Mary Rachel Brown, presented by Redline Productions
June 27 - July 28 at Old Fitz Theatre, Old Fitzroy Hotel, cnr Cathedral St & Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW (From $38-$45)
Permission to Spin is a funny-til-it’s-not cage fight between art and ethics; a Trump-esque allegory about men that carry their school-yard bully techniques all the way to adulthood. This play is for everyone that thinks children’s music is torture.

THE GIRL + THE WOMAN - A DOUBLE BILL - Written by Aanisa Vylet, directed by Dino Dimitriades, presented by National Theatre of Parramatta & Riverside Theatres
June 28 - July 7 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $30-$49)
A young muslim girl on the search for more personal experiences begins to clash with her upbringing, her beliefs and her mother. The Girl trips over her sexuality and lands on her mother’s traditions. Her body is changing. It’s time to choose. Semi-autobiographical, The Girl  has been performed around the world. We are hosting the World Premier of The Woman, her mother’s story. This double bill is about two generations of Australian Arab-Muslim women who dare to put it all on the table.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare, presented by Holroyd Musical & Dramatic Society
June/July 2018 at a venue to be confirmed

Other theatre websites

http://www.stagenoise.com.au Stage Noise with Diana Simmonds
http://www.theatre.asn.au/productions Portal for Australian Theatre
http://www.communitytheatre.com.au The Association of Community Theatre

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