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

The listings include professional & independent productions, amateur, community & student theatre.
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NOTE : An attempt has been made to be as accurate and succinct as possible in the brief listings below, but please refer, (especially as some of the opening and closing dates & other details may change, from the time they were first listed here), to the actual venue website for the most up-to-date  information.  
This list is mostly chronological, using show start-dates.

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GET YOUR ' TWENTIES'- via Sydney Theatre Co.
$20 theatre tickets for select shows at Sydney Theatre Co.
https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/twenties

SHOWS AT CARRIAGEWORKS ARTS CENTRE
See the full list of shows from Now to Dec 2018 at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney ()
http://carriageworks.com.au/events/

THE BOOK OF MORMON
Feb 28 - October 21 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. 
https://www.star.com.au/sydney/whats-on/the-book-of-mormon
Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/2392520


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

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/

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/

JERSEY BOYS
August 29 - October 28 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

STARTING SEPTEMBER 2018

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL
Sept 1-30 at many venues throughout Sydney

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 LITTLE MERMAID - presented by Rockdale Musical Society
Sept 7-16 at Rockdale Town Hall, Rockdale NSW ()
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
http://www.rockdalemusicalsociety.com/

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

THE MIKADO by Gilbert & Sullivan - presented by the Normanhurst Uniting Church Musical Society
Sept 7-22 at Normanhurst Uniting Church, Buckingham Avenue, Normanhurst, NSW ()
The action takes place a small town that is ruled over by a far-away benevolent dictator. However, trouble is afoot. In order to keep scandal at bay, flirting has been banned on pain of death, and, with the local tailor the first to be convicted, an executioner must be found. The locals quickly appoint the convicted man to the exulted position, knowing full well that he won’t ever execute himself or anyone else, and so they are all safe to carry on with their romantic dalliances. Things get complicated with the arrival of a mysterious singer and three college girls. Then a message arrives: Why has no-one been executed for flirting…?
Tickets: http://nucms.org/boxoffice/

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/

SHUT YOUR EYES AND THINK OF ENGLAND by John Chapman & Anthony Marriott, directed by Leanne Caton, presented by Henry Lawson Theatre
Sept 14-29 at Henry Lawson Theatre, 144 Henry Lawson Avenue, Werrington ($15-$25)
When Mr. Pullen comes to the office on a Saturday, he's astonished to find his employer, Sir Justin Holbrook, in the penthouse with a call girl. Lady Holbrook arrives and Sir Justin passes the girl off as the second Mrs. Pullen. A rich Arab sheik is expected and England's fate depends on Holbrook signing an agreement with him, but Holbrook suddenly collapses and Pullen has to impersonate him. The arrival of the real Mrs. Pullen and others, leads to a maze of confused identities. Classic situation comedy at its best.
http://www.hltheatre.com.au/SHUT_YOUR_EYES.html
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/403235

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - presented by Strathfield Musical Society
Sept 14-22 at The Latvian Theatre, 32 Parnell St, Strathfield NSW ()
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/391307
https://strathfieldmusicalsociety.com.au/

THE PRODUCERS - presented by Miranda Musical Society
Sept 19-23 at Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sutherland NSW ()
When washed up Broadway producer Max Bialystock, the once self proclaimed King of Broadway, meets mild mannered Leo Bloom, an accountant prone to the occasional panic attack, they hatch a scheme to become The Producers and swindle every little old lady in New York out of two-million dollars! As Leo reveals, with some creative accounting “under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than with a hit!”. It’s simple! Leo and Max need to find the most offensive play ever written, hire the worst director in town, raise two-million dollars, open on Broadway with the worst actors New York has ever seen, close on broadway and take their undisclosed profits to Rio! Unfortunately for them, things don’t go exactly to plan.
http://www.mirandamusicalsociety.com.au/

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/

COMMUNICATING DOORS by Alan Ayckbourn, Directed by Bernard Teuben, presented by Castle Hill Players
Sept 21 - Oct 13 at Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill NSW ()
In a near dystopian future, a dominatrix flees for her life through a hotel door only to find herself 20 years in the past! Stalked by a psychopath in her present, she realises the door provides an opportunity to alter time for the better – and save the lives of two other women murdered by the same man in the past. Then starts a race as the three women move back and forth in time trying to rewrite history and save themselves from untimely death.
https://paviliontheatre.org.au/communicating-doors/

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/

GENDERFICATION - presented by the Leftovers Collective
8pm (to 9pm) Thurs Sept 27 at Surry Hills Library, 405 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW ()
Rethink the radical and explore the role of gender in art and storytelling. Course details: An experiment in language and contemporary storytelling, dealing with concepts of gender, inclusive of binary/non binary/fluid identifications. Will the audience receive the same story-its orientation, complication and resolution regardless of artists’ gender or sex? Who has the authentic speech? Featuring an anonymous Jacobean monologue performed by each artist, incorporating thoughtfully-shifted pronouns and structure. Audiences are also invited to a post-show Q&A, to reflect on what they perceive, what is performed, the impact of the story and the role of gender identification has played in their experience. Host: Dr Jessica Kean, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney. Artists:Mara Aplin, Muhammad Ali Q|Amar, Curly Fries, Andrew Guy, Sophie Kelly, Kipp Lee, Ladonna Rama and Rosie. Original concept: Curly Fries
http://www.theleftoverscollective.com/now.html
Tickets: http://www.theleftoverscollective.com/now.html

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/

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/

FURY by Joanna Murray Smith, directed by Jen Davidson, presented by Elanora Players
Oct 5-13 at 49A Kalang Rd Elanora Heights NSW ()
After the news of their 19-year-old son's hate crime on a local mosque, Alice, an award-winning, cancer-curing scientist, and husband Patrick, a novelist, are forced into a whirlwind of self-examination and stripping back of decades-old secrets. In the harrowing unfolding of hypocrisies and brash pragmatism, Fury hones in on our true motivations and their lasting consequences.
https://elanoraplayers.com.au/

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/

THE GHOSTS OF RUDDIGORE - presented by Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney
Oct 5-14 at Smith Auditorium Lyric Theatre, Shore School, North Sydney ()
http://www.gsosydney.com.au/booking.html

LEAP OF FAITH: THE MUSICAL - presented by North Shore Theatre Company
Oct 5-14 at Independent Theatre, Wenona School, 269 Miller St, North Sydney NSW ()
The musical tells the story of ‘Reverend’ Jonas Nightingale, a part-time reverend and a full time con artist, who is travelling with his ministry. When his bus breaks down in the middle of small drought-ridden Sweetwater, a Kansas town, Jonas plans an impromptu revival to take the entire town for a ride within 3 days. The some-time reverend pitches a tent and invites the townspeople to his revival; however, a woman named Marla McGowan, is determined to stop Jonas from taking the people’s money. Between Marla and her son, Jake she shows Jonas another alternative.  A story that looks honestly at the fragility of our knowledge about life’s big questions, and yet emphasizes how the miraculous can make the doubter doubt his doubts - a fine topic for a musical!
FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/629603067377865/

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/

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - presented by Blackout Theatre Co
Oct 10-20 at Pioneer Theatre, 14 Pennant St, Castle Hill NSW ()
Singin’ In The Rain is the musical based on the movie of the same name and a classic that will delight audiences of all ages with dazzling choreography, iconic songs and memorable characters. Singin' in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren't always as they appear.
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/401159
More info: http://www.blackouttheatre.com.au/

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/

ANYTHING GOES - presented by Hornsby Musical Society
Oct 11-14 at Hornsby RSL Showroom, Hornsby NSW ()
Aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma, as well as Billy’s boss Elisha Whitney and Hope’s mother Evangeline Harcourt. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart in this classic musical comedy!
http://hornsbymusicalsociety.com.au/current-show/
Buy tickets: https://iwannaticket.com.au/event/anything-goes-MTUwMDY

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/

ROCK OF AGES - THE MUSICAL - presented by the Regals Musical Society
Oct 12-20 at Rockdale Town Hall, Rockdale NSW ()
Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!   This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others !
https://www.theregals.com.au/

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET - presented by Shire Music Theatre
Oct 12-21 at Sutherland Memorial School of Arts, East Parade, Sutherland, NSW ()
Based on the classic movie from 1947 and re made in 1994, 'Miracle On 34th Street' is a magical Christmas story about hope, loyalty and standing up for what you believe in!
http://www.shiremusictheatre.org.au/

GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza, directed by Sean O’Riordan
(One show only!) 5.30pm Sunday October 14 at the new Darlo Drama Studio Theatre, 16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 (all tickets $15)
The comedy of manners.... without the manners. What happens when two sets of parents’ meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime? Boys will be boys, but the adults are usually worse – much worse. God of Carnage won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy and the Tony award for Best Play. After a sold out run at the Hughenden Hotel, Darlo Drama is proud to host an encore performance of God of Carnage in the new Darlo Drama Studio Theatre. Starring Warwick Allan, Mel Ryan, Marcelle Weaver and Mark Wilson and directed by Sean O'Riordan.
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/416085
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1008164289356681/

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

DEGENERATE ART - presented by Redline Productions
From October 17 -  at Old Fitz Theatre, Old Fitzroy Hotel, cnr Cathedral St & Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW (From $)

https://www.redlineproductions.com.au/degenerate-art

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/

BIG FISH - presented by Engadine Musical Society
Oct 19-28 at Engadine Community Centre, Engadine NSW ()
Engadine Musical Society Inc presents BIG FISH - A magical family fable with reel heart. Based on 1998 novel and the 2003 Tim Burton film of the same name, Big Fish is a magical family musical that follows the extraordinary life of Edward Bloom, as he chooses to tell it. Tall tales come as natural as breathing to Edward, a traveling salesman with a natural flair for charm. But what ignites his son William�s imagination as a child only pushes him away the older he gets. As Will embarks on his own journey towards fatherhood, he is forced to confront the issues he holds against his own father before it is too late to reconcile. Big Fish is a powerfully emotional musical about legacy and the bond between a father and son.
https://www.engadinemusicalsociety.com.au/2018_october.html

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

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT - presented by Ashfield Musical Society
Oct 19-28 at Corcord RSL Club, Nullawarra Ave, Concord West, NSW ()
http://www.ashfieldmusicalsociety.com/

WE WILL ROCK YOU - THE MUSICAL - presented by Blue Mountains Musical Society
Oct 20 - Nov 4 at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub, 104-108 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW ()
https://bmms.org.au/show/we-will-rock-you-2018/

GREASE - presented by Berowra Musical Society
Oct 20-27 at Berowra Community Centre, Gully Rd, Berowra NSW ()
https://www.bmsi.org.au/

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/

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - presented by Eastwood Uniting Church Musical Society Inc.
Oct 26 - Nov 10 at Eastwood Uniting Church Hall, corner of Hillview Avenue and Lakeside Road, Eastwood NSW ()
Seymour is a humble shop assistant in a failing florist shop in a bad neighbourhood of downtown New York in the early 1960s. He would do “I don’t know what, but a helluva lot” to change his life, and to win the heart of his co-worker Audrey. Someone - or something - hears this rash offer, and a story that is a cross between the tragedy of Dr Faust (selling his soul to the Devil) and an affectionate satire on B-Grade Horror movies (in the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes/Plan 9 From Outer Space mode) begins....
More info: https://www.eucms.org.au/currentshow.html

SIMPLY THE BEST - AN '80's CABARET - presented by Mosman Musical Society
Oct 26 - Nov 3 at Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW ()
http://www.mosmanmusicalsociety.com.au/

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

A BRIGHT AND CRIMSON FLOWER by Richard Davey, directed by Pam Pickard, presented by Henry Lawson Theatre
November 2018 at Henry Lawson Theatre, 144 Henry Lawson Avenue, Werrington NSW ()
http://www.hltheatre.com.au/

RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW - presented by Urban Theatre Projects
Nov 2018 in the Blacktown CBD ()
RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. is a new place-based festival launching in Blacktown. Led by seven Australian and two international artists, RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. explores themes of contemporary feminism, cultural diversity, wonder, and intimacy in suburbia. Commissioned artists have been in residence with Urban Theatre Projects throughout 2017 and 2018, coinciding with the opening of our new Hub in Blacktown.
http://urbantheatre.com.au/2018/right-here-right-now/

MADIBA THE MUSICAL
Nov 1-11 at State Theatre, Market St, Sydney NSW ()
A celebration of Nelson Mandela
https://madibamusical.com.au/

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

ALFRED DEAKIN IS AFRAID OF THE DARK - written & directed by Carla Moore, presented by Chester Street Players
Nov 3-24 at Theatre on Chester, corner of Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping, NSW ()
This original and lively interpretation deals with Australia’s most surprising Prime Minister Alfred Deakin who stood comfortable in the same social democratic tradition as the Australian Labour Party, yet was also the Father of the modern Liberal Party. Deakin was a man surrounded by women who adored him; a man who believe in Ouija boards and mediums, yet ironically was afraid of the dark, a man who wrote poetry to his wife, yet was the architect of the White Australia Policy. This play questions ‘is Australia fair?’ and warns that ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’
http://www.theatreonchester.com.au/alfred-deakin-is-afraid-of-the-dark/
Tickets: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/theatreonchester

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 ADDAMS FAMILY - presented by Hills Musical Theatre Company
Nov 9-17 at Building 30, Balcombe Heights Estate, Baulkham Hills, NSW ()
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family -- a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before -- keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.
https://www.hillsmtc.com/upcoming-events/nov-2018-the-addams-family

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

THE OVERCOAT: THE MUSICAL (Created by Michael, Rosemarie and Constantine Costi / Directed by Constantine Costi / Book and lyrics by Michael Costi / Based on the short story by Nikolai Gogol, from a literal translation by Alena Lodkina) presented by 25a, Belvoir St
Nov 14 - Dec 1 at Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Surry Hills NSW ()
This new musical is the tale of an office worker’s tragic quest for warmth and connection in frantic city streets that pulse to the rhythm of a Russian jazz trio. Nikolai is a clerk in St Petersburg and a social outsider – perpetually uncomfortable in his skin. Following an embarrassing exchange with a colleague, he decides to sell everything he owns in order to buy a brand new overcoat in a desperate effort to change his life forever.
https://belvoir.com.au/25a/the-overcoat/

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

PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward, directed by Jan Mahoney, presented by Castle Hill Players
Nov 16 - Dec 8 at Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill NSW ()
Elyot and Amanda were once married and are at first horrified to find themselves honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel! But their chance meeting on adjoining balconies suddenly reignites the old spark and the pair impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. To top off the new/old romance, their aggrieved spouses find them and a roundelay of hilarious affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then apart – and new partnerships are formed.
https://paviliontheatre.org.au/private-lives/

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/

TARZAN: THE STAGE MUSICAL - presented by Sydney Youth Musical Theatre
Nov 22-25 at Hornsby RSL Club, Hornsby NSW ()
More info: http://symt.com.au/

THE TRIAL OF DALI - presented by Drama Theatre Fantazja
Nov 23-24 at NIDA Parade Theatres, Kensington ()
Love, lust, corruption, revenge and rhinoceros! The Trial of Dali is a wickedly wild surreal Comedy-Drama about the One and Only Salvador Domenico Dali! At the height of his powers in New York, Dali returns his native town of Figures. He is a hero, a king of Surrealism! But back in Spain, under the rules of a Dangerous Dictator, he is being accused of moral and ethical misconduct by the powerful “Artistic Decency Committee”! A story of intrigue, deception and art spiced with passion, hallucinations and dreams that will twist your imagination.
Tickets: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=FANTAZJA18

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.

DAVID WILLIAMSON'S 'THE CLUB' (AN ALL-FEMALE, 3 ACTOR VERSION) - directed by Tessa Leong, presented by isthisyours at 25a
Dec 7-22 at Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Surry Hills NSW ()
A football club on the brink of great change. The Club is in crisis – the old guard is being put into question and a new path must be paved. Tradition vies against innovation in a world in which mateship, casual violence, homophobia and racism are not only commonplace but par for the course, where the pool table and the whiskey bottle are go-tos for letting off steam and the pressure is on to be the hero, to save the team and the name of the club in the process. A bold new imagining of David Williamson’s classic 1977 play by all-female theatre company, isthisyours? Performed by just three actors, Williamson’s incisive and hilarious dialogue rings true at a time when women’s roles in the club are no longer confined to being merely spectators or supporters of men, but as true champions of an ever evolving and much loved game.
https://belvoir.com.au/25a/the-club/

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

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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