(2017) U - Now to Dec 2017 - WHAT'S ON - Theatre - SYDNEY

The listings include professional & independent productions, amateur, community & student theatre.
If you would like to list your show here at no cost, please send email to : tangneyniall (@) gmail.com
Twitter: Follow @theatresydney - for theatre-related updates

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.

Keep the 2016
#IStandWithTheArts campaign alive. Invite your local politician to (buy a ticket to see) a THEATRE show:
Find your local member of State Parliament: http://streetlist.elections.nsw.gov.au/
Find your local member of Federal Parliament: http://electorate.aec.gov.au/

JOIN.. THEATRE TIME SYDNEY - a theatregoing social group at http://www.meetup.com/TheatreTimeSydney/

Shows already started, 2017

If you would like to have your show(s) listed here, please see the "List Your Show" page

GET YOUR 'SUNCORP TWENTIES'- via Sydney Theatre Co.
$20 theatre tickets for select shows at Sydney Theatre Co.

See the full list of shows from Now to Dec 2017 at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney ()

Sept 17, 2017 - Jan 28, 2018 at Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star (Casino), Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, Sydney ($-$)
'Beautiful' is the the inspiring true story of King’s journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with extraordinary talent. Her music would become the soundtrack to a generation. She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty, she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her own voice and step into the spotlight. Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman, I Feel the Earth Move, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, One Fine Day, It’s Too Late, Tapestry and Locomotion.

THE WHARF REVUE - Written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott. A Sydney Theatre Company Production
Oct 24 - Dec 30 at Wharf 1 Theatre, Sydney Theatre Co., Pier 4, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW (From $54-$61 +fee)

The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have been keeping the nation’s political and cultural leaders on their metaphorical toes since before Sydney hosted the Olympics. In 2017, they return with an all-new, up-to-the-minute, fibre-to-the-node dose of side-splitting sketches and rib-tickling songs (BYO hyphens). From the highs to the lows, from the good to the bad to the ugly, this will be a parade of the year’s most memorable characters and the moments they’d prefer to forget.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks, presented by Bell Shakespeare
Oct 24 - Nov 26 at Playhouse, Sydney Opera House ()
Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it. Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it. This uncompromising production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that don’t. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice. More than 400 years after The Merchant Of Venice was written, the taut line between religious law or secular society, righteousness or compassion, tolerance or hate, is still present today. Featuring three-time Helpmann Award Winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, the production is directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea). This masterfully envisioned production tackles the biases and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

BOEING BOEING by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, directed by Sue Stapleton, presented by Guild Theatre
Oct 27 – Nov 25 at Guild Theatre, Rockdale NSW ($25/c.$20)
It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. However, Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.

WAIT UNTIL DARK by Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by James Bruce, presented by Cronulla Arts Theatre
Oct 27 - Dec 2 at Cronulla Arts Theatre, 6 Surf Rd, Cronulla NSW ($25/c.$22)
It is 1944, and in Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix is a young woman adjusting to two recent life-altering events. A car accident has taken away her sight, and she's just married Sam, a photographer she met while recuperating. While he is away, Susan becomes the target of con-men searching for jewels Sam has unknowingly brought home hidden in a doll. Employing disguise and deception, the crooks become desperate. Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller's chilling conclusion.
Info: http://www.artstheatrecronulla.com.au/
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/238382

ATLANTIS by Lally Katz, directed by Rosemary Myers, presented by Belvoir St Theatre
Oct 28 - Nov 26 at Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills NSW (From $37-$72)
Lally Katz is on a journey. She’s left Australia behind and she’s in the country of her childhood, trying to find a way back to when things were innocent. Her relationships are chaotic, her professional life is a shambles and contemporary America seems riddled with charlatans and shysters. But along the way moments of wisdom bubble up, as if from some lost ancient city beneath the waves off Florida… Five women play the myriad characters of Lally’s life: ageing Jewish grandparents in Miami, wizened taxi drivers, cynical prophets, unhappy pharmacists, clowns, hip-hop artistes, narcissists, angels, animals – and, of course, Lally herself. - "Lally mixes dreaming as a playwright and dreaming as a person – there’s no line between them. This one’s about her, travelling into a mess of love and America, refusing to accept the world is doomed. The whirligig of this latter-day Don Quixote is bursting with playfulness, with imagination – Lally seems to be saying that’s what will save us all and make this bleak world beautiful." – Eamon Flack

BLOODY MURDER by, directed by Michael Hemming, presented by Genesian Theatre
Oct 28 - Dec 2 at Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent St, Town Hall, Sydney CBD ($30/c.$25)
We end the year with a comedic twist on the Genesian favourite - a murder mystery! Ed Sala's hilarious Bloody Murder takes all the classic elements of a British murder mystery but adds one huge twist you won't see coming!! Diabolically different and laugh out loud funny, every twist and turn of this extraordinary new play will leave you on the edge of your seat... or falling off it with laughter!


TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Margulies, directed by Claudia Barrie, presented by Eclipse Productions
Nov 1-25 at TAP Gallery Performance Space, The New Tap Gallery, 259 Riley St, Surry Hills NSW (Full: $35 Concession: $30 Previews: $25)
Walk up the stairs and into a New York City loft apartment. Take a seat and immerse yourself in another world as the play moves around you and the complexities of love, relationships and morality are unravelled. The emotional tension is palpable from the start. Sarah a photojournalist and James a foreign correspondent, try to find happiness in a world that seems to have lost its path. Their partnership is based on telling the toughest stories in the hope of making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, guilt ridden James realises the adventurous couple must confront the prospect of a road less travelled.

MERCILESS GODS by Dan Giovannoni, directed by Stephen Nicolazzo, presented by Little Ones Theatre and Griffin Independent
Nov 1-25 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ($38/Conc.$30 /Under 35 = $30)
A vicious and tender portrait of contemporary Australian society, capturing the haunting aspects of the human psyche. From migrant camps to pill-popping hipster dinner parties, from prison cells to gay saunas and porn shoots, Merciless Gods is a vicious and tender portrait of contemporary Australian society, capturing the haunting aspects of the human psyche. Multi award-winning Christos Tsiolkas is one of the most significant writers in Australia. This first ever stage adaptation of his short story collection Merciless Gods takes you deep into worlds both strange and familiar, introducing you to characters who will never let you go and situations that will haunt you forever. Told from diverse cultural perspectives — Greek, Italian, Turkish, English and Iranian—Merciless Gods by award-winning playwright Dan Giovannoni is urgent, dirty, glorious theatre. “Little Ones Theatre have one of the most unique voices in Melbourne theatre.” – Sometimes Melbourne

THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov, in a new adaptation by Andrew Upton, directed by Kip Williams, presented by Sydney Theatre Co.
Nov 6 - Dec 16 at Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House ($61-$84 +fee)
Moscow’s calling. What if you could start life over again, knowing what you do now? What if it were all a rough draft waiting to be rewritten? Anton Chekhov wrote Three Sisters during the earliest rumblings of the Russian Revolution. Living at the turn of a new century, his characters are adrift in uncertain times – holding on to memories of the past, grasping at hopes for the future. In a remote Russian town, three sisters yearn for Moscow. They dream of freedom, sex, work and romance. Like the migrating birds above them, they long to be elsewhere. Exquisitely layered in its characters and imagery, Three Sisters is a bittersweet time-lapse of life passing. A work full of Chekhov’s acute observations, his playfulness and love of surprise. In short, a masterpiece. Having created astonishing productions of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Kip Williams brings his precise vision to another modern great. Our former Artistic Director Andrew Upton (The Present, Uncle Vanya) returns to adapt Chekhov once more in his inimitable voice. With a cast including award-winner Eryn Jean Norvill (All My Sons), Three Sisters promises to be a riveting performance of an achingly beautiful tale. “I’ve never been in love. I’ve dreamt of it day and night, but my heart is like a fine piano no one can play because the key is lost.” - Irina. Duration 2hrs 30mins (including interval). Content warning: Strong language

MURIEL'S WEDDING: THE MUSICAL (Book by PJ Hogan, Music & Lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke & Keir Nuttall, with songs by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus & Stig Anderson originally written for ABBA) directed by Simon Phillips. A Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures production presented by Sydney Theatre Company.
Nov 6, 2017 - Jan 27, 2018 at Roslyn Packer theatre, 22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, Sydney (From $63-$95 +fee)
Undateable. Unemployable. Unstoppable. Muriel Heslop is back! In this highly-anticipated world premiere, the iconic Australian film is set to become an equally iconic laugh-out-loud musical. Stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit, Muriel dreams of the perfect wedding – the white dress, the church, the attention. Unfortunately, there’s one thing missing. A groom. Following her dreams to Sydney, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted – a man, a fortune and a million Twitter followers. That’s when things start to go really wrong. The film’s original writer-director PJ Hogan has updated his screenplay into a dazzling new stage show, bringing the story into the present but keeping all the irreverence and naughtiness of the film along with its dark edge. Director Simon Phillips (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) leads a stellar creative team, with eye-popping sets and costumes from Gabriela Tylesova (Love Never Dies) and original music by award-winning singer-songwriters Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall. With a big cast and a live band, this will be the theatre event of the year. Tickets won’t last long. Don’t miss out. “You’re terrible, Muriel.” - Joanie. Duration 3hrs (including interval). Content warning: Strong language, adult themes, sex scenes

DEADHOUSE: TALES OF SYDNEY MORGUE - presented by Blancmange Productions
Nov 8 - Dec 2 at The Rocks Discovery Museum, 4-8 Kendall Lane, The Rocks, NSW ($32-$43)
EXAMINER REVEALS SHOCKING TRUTH - Immerse yourself in these cold cases as you are guided through this historic building by The Examiner and view and sometimes participate in scenes involving these infamous Sydney deaths.
1) The Bogle Chandler Case (1963) Sex and death beside the Lane Cove River. New Years' Day, 1963. The bodies of Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler are found by the Lane Cover River in a state of partial undress. But without being able to establish even a cause of death, how can the police find the killer? Come and find out more about this scintillating story of sex, infidelity, voyeurism, cross-dressing, and cold war paranoia, that rocked conservative Sydney to its core.
2) The Shark Arm Case (1935) - Criminal plots, murder and dismemberment. Anzac Day, 1935. A shark at the Coogee Aquarium regurgitates a human arm. When the autopsy reveals the arm was not bitten, but cut off, the police investigation exposes a crime ring of forgery, blackmail, drugs and murder. Come and find out more about one of Australia's most infamous unsolved crimes, a bizarre and gruesome tale of million-to-one chances. DEADHOUSE: Tales from Sydney Morgue is playing through November in and around this 150 year old sandstone warehouse at 4 Kendall Lane The Rocks. CAUTION: There are depictions of death and dismemberment, semi-nudity and strange aromas. A nurse will be present to assist any distressed patrons.
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/deadhouse-tales-of-sydney-morgue-tickets-37935660582?aff=efbevent
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1464471000274110/

SILENT NIGHT by Mary Rachel Brown, directed by Glynn Nicholas, presented by Darlinghurst Theatre Co.
Nov 10 - Dec 10 at Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW (From $38 - $54)
A hilarious take-no-prisoners comedy for anyone who feels a mix of terror and affection about spending Christmas with family. Normally Christmas is a time for giving, but for the Lickfold family it’s a time for winning! Every year for the past 12 years the Lickfolds have entered the ARCE Awards for the best Christmas decoration display in Australia. The Lickfolds are over participators determined to win at any cost but their path to electric glory is thwarted when someone unexpected comes down the chimney. This unwanted Christmas guest wastes no time in exposing the darker secrets behind a winning display and the true reason for his coming. Tired of consumerism, overeating and fake family bonding? Then Silent Night is the perfect antidote to those Christmas blues. Darlinghurst Theatre Company produces and presents the world premiere of Silent Night. With Richard Sydenham.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - directed by Sarah Edwards, presented by Lane Cove Theatre Co.
Nov 10-25 at the Performance Space at St Aidan's, 1 Christina Street, Longueville, NSW ()
This “tale as old as time” follows the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself imprisoned in a castle with the mysterious Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell. With the assistance of the castle’s enchanted staff, a delightful and tender romance develops between these two unlikely friends and Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all; that true beauty comes from within. Experience the magic and enchantment as we bring one of the most beautiful love story ever told to life in a dazzling new production that will delight the whole family.

RUMORS by Neil Simon, directed by Joy Sweeney, presented by Theatre On Chester
Nov 10 - Dec 2 at Theatre On Chester, Cnr Chester St and Oxford St, Epping NSW ()
Rumors is a madcap, slamming door farce set in a large home located just outside of New York. The characters are arriving as guests at a 10th anniversary Dinner. The first couple to arrive discovers that one of their hosts, Charley, has unsuccessfully shot himself. Charley’s wife is nowhere to be found and neither are the servants. As more guests arrive, there are cover-ups, deceptions, mistaken identities, and a lot of huge laughs. Neil Simon is an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He has written more than thirty plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other playwright.
Tickets: http://www.theatreonchester.com.au/bookings/

SLEEPING BEAUTY - presented by The Australian Ballet
Nov 11-25 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney NSW ()
After sell-out seasons in 2015, The Sleeping Beauty returns to the stage in 2017. Be swept into a world of romance, wonder and magic. A treat for the senses, this fairytale ballet is fun for the entire family.
Tickets: https://australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/the-sleeping-beauty-20172

AUSTRALIA DAY by Jonathan Biggins, directed by Louise Fischer, presented by New Theatre
Nov 14 - Dec 16 at New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown NSW (From $17-$32)
“You think we’re old fashioned, out of touch, that’s it’s all Captain Cook and flag tattoos”. In the fictional NSW town of Coriole, preparations are underway for the annual Australia Day celebrations and the organising committee are hashing out the details amidst disagreements over politics, patriotism and progress. Whether it’s angst over a new development, the best snags to serve at a multi-cultural barbie, or the looming spectre of racism, throughout runs the theme of self-censorship: at what point do you abandon the politically-correct stance and say what you really think. Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Revue) is one of Australia’s sharpest satirists and he zooms in on the dynamics of small-town society with an unerring eye and ear for the humour embedded in everyday life.

VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND OTHER ADULT PARTY GAMES by Richie Black, produced by Julian Ramandi, presented by Bazonka Productions
Nov 15-25 at The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW (From $22-$32)
A satirical comedy-thriller that attacks hatred, fear and hypocrisy - by which we mean 21st century politics. The play follows one calamitous night in the life of a would-be MP, Robert Kelly, and the sequence of disastrous events - including a bungled blackmail attempt that leaves a notorious shock-jock with a broken penis - which eventually compels him to fake a terrorist incident. Violent Extremism and Other Adult Party Games is a satirical farce that takes aim at self-serving political ideologues who exploit Islamophobia and the war on terror for their own nefarious purposes.
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/248105

DAISY MOON WAS BORN THIS WAY by Emily Sheehan, directed by Nick Atkins, presented by JSPAC
Nov 15-25 at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW ($55/c.$50)
This new Australian play is a coming of age dramatic comedy about making mistakes and learning to love yourself anyway. Trying to de-code your teen? Struggling with Gen Z? Find out what makes them tick* and end the year on a magical note, with a brand new coming of age comedy exploring life as an outsider. Bright eyed and eccentric 14-year-old Daisy Moon is President and Founder of the Little Monsters Club for Misfits, where she holds her club meetings inside the dusty beachside bus stop on her front lawn. She’s the club’s only member. Her 18-year-old brother Noah couldn’t be more different. An elite athlete on the cusp of cracking national competitions, his world falls apart when he’s caught cheating on a time trial. They both dream big and they’re both stuck in a world too small. Set in a coastal town, this play draws on Australian iconography of the faded beachside surf club, but turns it on its head by drenching it with pop-culture and contemporary teen attitude.

WANTED - ONE BODY! by Charles Dyer, directed by Dave Went, presented by Castle Hill Players Inc.
Nov 17 - Dec 9 at Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill Showgrounds, Castle Hill ()
Was it a heart attack or a crime of passion? Is the accused a victim or a scheming murderer? In the best Hammer horror tradition, the action takes place in a classic old dark house set amidst the rising flood waters and swirling mists on the edge of the lonely marshes. This is Greenacres, the home of the Barraclough family, to which come a pair of solicitors to read the will of the late, but not greatly lamented Mr Barraclough, only to learn that his body has mysteriously vanished along with the will! Wanted – One Body! is a classic murder mystery of disappearing bodies, sliding panels and howls in the night. A who-dunnit, a thriller – with the accent on laughter – the wit and thrills create hilarious fun for audience and actors alike
Bookings: http://paviliontheatre.org.au/bookings/
Important theatre access map & info: http://paviliontheatre.org.au/northwest-rail-link/

NIGHT SLOWS DOWN - written & directed by Phillip James Rouse, presented by Don't Look Away & bAKEHOUSE
Nov 17 - Dec 9 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW ()
Sharon wants to find her husband. Martin wants to be free. Seth seeks redemption. NIGHT SLOWS DOWN imagines a world where far right extremists have won the election. Where ordinary citizens riot in the streets. Where human rights are denied. Where storm clouds are gathering. Democracy dies. Experts are vilified. Cities collapse. Siblings turn on each other, and families are torn apart. NIGHT SLOWS DOWN sees the scale of the problems we face globally shrunk down to one family. Written in the days following Trump’s election, this new play by one of Sydney's most important theatre-makers considers how small choices and moral failures can lead inexorably to a disaster point. From the companies that brought you the indie smash hit Inner Voices, and political powerhouse productions The Laden Table and Jatinga - Don’t Look Away and bAKEHOUSE join forces to imagine a world that is only a moment away.
FB event page https://www.facebook.com/events/638251866563970/
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/319069

THE FURY OF MUNGO FOGG by... , directed by ??, presented by Richmond Players Inc.
Nov 18 - Dec 2  at Richmond School of Arts, corner of March St and West Market St, Richmond NSW ()

HIGH FIDELITY - presented by Highway Run Productions, Neil Gooding Productions & Hayes Theatre Co.
Nov 18 - Dec 17 at Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point, NSW ()
Featuring an original score with music by Tom Kitt — before he sold-out and won the Pulitzer Prize for NEXT TO NORMAL — HIGH FIDELITY tells the story of life and vinyl while skilfully evoking the sounds and styles of the greatest artists a record store can offer: artists like Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, U2, The Beatles, Heart, Pat Benatar, Guns ’n’ Roses, Ben Folds, The Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, and Marvin Gaye. It’s the classic man-boy meets girl, man-boy loses girl, man-boy needs to ditch the ‘boy’ part of ‘man-boy’ before it’s too late kind of story. You know, the kind of story Alanis Morrisette writes really good songs about. Or used to anyway. And the season, like all good record pressings, is strictly limited. So grab yourself a ticket and add HIGH FIDELITY to the “motherlode” in your mind. Or don’t. I mean, you might not be into it now that I think about it. It’s really more of a theatre-lover-with-their-finger-on-the-pulse kind of thing…

ASYLUM by Ruth Fingret, directed by Richard Hilliar, presented by Brave New Word Theatre Co.
Nov 19-25
at Comber Street Studios, 5 Comber St, Paddington NSW ($30/c.$25)
Asylum is a new work about family, immigration, and the very different ways people week asylum in their own lives. It’s a story about a broken family, and the personal side of our immigration process. Craig is an immigration officer who has retreated into a rigid sense of responsibility and morality from being left by his wife long ago to battle with his delinquent son. His conviction in his own righteousness is challenged when he meets Hajir, a Lebanese man applying for a protection visa to remain in Australia on the same day his ex-wife returns and Jason is arrested. Now Craig is forced to consider something previously impossible: Is he willing to lie in the name of a greater good, and who will he protect by doing so? Brave New Word has also partnered with the Unicorn Hotel just around the corner to offer an exclusive Meal Deal ticket offer, providing a prepaid meal and drink at the Unicorn before the show!
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2000172606868850/
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/326412

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT (directed by Michael Karagiannakis with Assistant Director/Producer - Anna Rushmer) presented by Backstage UTS (student theatre society at UTS)
Nov 22-25 at NIDA Parade Theatres, 215 Anzac Pde, Kensington NSW ($25-$35)
England 932 A.D. A Kingdom divided. Legend tells of an extraordinary leader who arose from the chaos to unite a troubled kingdom. A man with a vision, who gathered Knights together in a Holy Quest. This man was Arthur, King of the Britons! Come experience Backstage’s most disappointing musical yet; Monty Python’s Spamalot! Lovingly adapted (ripped off) from the 1970’s classic; Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur, The Lady of the Lake and The Knights of The Round Table and their quest to find the legendary Holy Grail.

THE BEAR & THE PROPOSAL by Anton Chekhov, directed by Jess Davis, via The Genesian Theatre Company.
7.30pm Wed Nov 22 + 1.30pm Sat Nov 25 at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent St, Sydney. (FREE)
Two of Chekhov's best loved short plays, 'The Bear' and 'The Proposal', are coming to the Genesian Theatre stage for two nights only this November! Presented as a double bill, both plays are hilarious and suitable for the whole family. THE BEAR is a fierce battle of the sexes - when one has been betrayed, how can one let themselves even think about falling in love again? Described as 'a joke in one act', THE BEAR is a fiercely funny battle between two stubborn and hot-headed individuals, each fancying themselves martyrs of their sex. THE PROPOSAL features, as well may be guessed, a proposal - or, at least, all the things that can get in the way of one. What do you get when you place a hypochondriac, a suspicious land owner and a head strong young woman in the same room? Perhaps not the ideal environment for a romantic marriage proposal!
Bookings are not essential, and the performances are free.

AFTERGLOW: KARUL PROJECTS & FISH HOOK - presented by PACT Centre For Emerging Artists
Nov 22-25 at PACT Centre For Emerging Artists, 107 Railway Parade Erskineville, NSW ()
PACT will produce and present the world premiere of two exciting new works by First Nation artists Cheryn Frost and Thomas ES Kelly. PACT will partner with Moogahlin Performing Arts on our final 2017 AFTERGLOW Season. Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Bundjalung and Wiradjuri man of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. He studied at NAISDA Dance College and graduated in 2012. Thomas is an artist that works with multiple art forms, which include choreography, dance, theatre, music composition, puppetry and teaching. Thomas creates work that offers audiences an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal Australia and where that fits into to the modern world. Acknowledging the past, to understand the present, to better the future, knowledge is a source of power and it must be shared..... Cheryn Frost is a proud Yuwaalaraay woman.  She is an advocate; a feminist; a creative; an emerging artist who wants to change the world of theatre. Cheryn graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2015 with a Bachelor of Performance (Acting)....
TAKING STEPS by Alan Ayckbourn (rec. ages 12+) directed by Mark Kilmurry, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
Nov 23, 2017 - Jan 13, 2018 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
'Taking Steps' takes place on one chaotic night in three rooms of a creaky Victorian mansion, ripe for re-development. Elizabeth wants to leave Rowland; Rowland wants to buy the house for Elizabeth; Leslie wants to sell the house to Rowland; Kitty wants to leave Mark and Mark wants to keep Kitty. Tristram, meanwhile, is extremely worried about seeing a ghost… The British comic master Alan Ayckbourn shakes up a delicious cocktail of mismatched lovers, dirty dancing, bad hair and real estate, in an ingenious play that entertains on so many levels.

THE MAGIC FINGER by by Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by David Wood, directed by Patsy Templeton, presented by Pymble Players
Nov 24 - Dec 2 at the church hall of Pymble Chapel, at the corner of Bromley Avenue and Mona Vale Road, Pymble NSW ()
Now the one thing that Mr Gregg and his two boys loved to do more than anything else was to go hunting. But not everyone felt the same way. Particularly our 8 year old heroine. “I can’t stand hunting. I just can’t stand it.” And so she decided to do something about it. Something magical. Suitable for children aged 5 to 105. "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”

ONES COUNTRY - THE SPINE OF OUR STORIES (Choreography by Djakapurra Munyarryun, Elma Kris, Nicola Sabatino and Kaine Sultan-Babij / Artistic Director Stephen Page) presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre
Nov 24 - Dec 2 at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney ($35-$55)
The backbone of Bangarra is our unique ability to carry the power of Australia’s first cultures in breathtaking dance works, blending the old with the new while embracing the diversity and strength of its people. Our brand-new work, created especially for Carriageworks’ 2017 season, is no exception. This triple bill, commissioned and directed by Artistic Director Stephen Page, will bring together the choreographic talents of Djakapurra Munyarryun, Elma Kris, Nicola Sabatino and Kaine Sultan-Babij. Together they will take audiences across Australia, from North East Arnhem Land’s red dust, to the waters of the Torres Strait Islands – home of the salt-water creature, the Dugong – to Indigenous urban life looking at gender challenges and the human spirit. This will be the second time the company has performed in this industrial, multi-arts space of Carriageworks, Sydney.

7pm Sat Nov 25 at Town Hall Theatre, 297 Queen Street, Campbelltown, NSW ($25/c$20)
Short-Listed finalists in Macarthur Playwriting Festival 2017:  Don't eat the Risotto .  Absent - A Drama Written & Directed by Amie Gilholme / It’s My Choice - A Romantic Drama Written & Directed by Alyssa Gillgren / Quiet Night In - A Dramatic Comedy Written by Lia Kater & Directed by Yasmin Stenson / Night Train From Rastani - A Dramatic Thriller Written by James Forte & Directed by Cassandra Menne / Our Mate...Bill - A Comedy - Written & Directed by Rosetta Fitzgerald / The Young Ones - A Comedy Written & Directed by Dan Gillgren
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/281285

2.30pm Sunday Nov 26 at the Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Retreat in Katoomba NSW
Performances are at 2.30 pm on the last Sunday of every month, February to November. Please phone 47822 155 for bookings. It helps to know for seating & catering.

SCRIPT IN HAND PLAYREADINGS - presented by Actors Anonymous
7.30pm (to 10pm) Monday Nov 27 at Blood Moon Theatre, The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, NSW ($20)
Get your script read on stage by seasoned actors! Each month writers have their scripts assigned to capable directors who cast experienced actors who rehearse each script then present on stage with props, costumes, sound and lights in front of an audience, followed by a Q&A. Writers email your script to SIH programmers Ron Hadley and Ruth Fingret at scriptinhand (@) live.com Actors & Directors email bio to Stephen Carnell at scarnell (@) bigpond.net.au

VIRGINS & COWBOYS by Morgan Rose, directed by Dave Sleswick, presented by Motherboard Productions and Griffin Independent
Nov 29 - Dec 16 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ($38/Conc.$30 /Under 35 = $30)
A sitcom-reject, set in cyberspace, Virgins & Cowboys is a play about a 20-something dude stuck in a dead-end job who meets two women online, both of whom are virgins. As he sets out on a bizarre self-assigned mission to ‘be the one who…’, the internet, the past, the future, and the stage smash together and everything crumbles around him. This twisted and timely premise is used to examine a demographic of people spat out of the other end of the information age – those in a futile and relentless pursuit of happiness. Combining Morgan Rose’s darkly comedic social commentary with Dave Sleswick’s bold and colourful direction, Virgins & Cowboys brings together a talented ensemble cast. Off the back of a critically acclaimed Melbourne season, this work is current, dangerous, and unlike anything you’ve seen before. - “The young-centric social commentary of Lena Dunham meets the sexual liberation of Amy Schumer for coffee.” – Time Out

CORONATION OF POPPEA presented by Pinchgut Opera
Nov 30 - Dec 6 at City Recital Hall, Martin Place, Sydney ($)
No human nor divine heart shall defy Cupid. Celebrating 450 years since the birth of Monteverdi, Pinchgut Opera proudly presents one of the greatest operas of all time, Coronation of Poppea. Coronation of Poppea charts the consuming erotic obsession of the Emperor Nero for the beautiful Poppea Sabina. Ruthlessly sweeping aside anyone who stands in the way of their union - including Nero's wife Octavia and the poet and philosopher Seneca - Nero and Poppea triumph over all their opponents and rejoice in one of the most sensuous and exquisitely beautiful duets, "Pur ti miro".

Nov 30 - Dec 3 in various venues at Lismore, Northern NSW ()
The inaugural Artstate Lismore is a four-day event that will welcome an anticipated 200 arts industry delegates from 30th November to 3rd December 2017.  Initiated following the success of Artlands Dubbo 2016 presented by Regional Arts NSW, Artstate is a four-year program aiming to build on conversations, partnerships and opportunities for regional artists and arts organisations. The event will include a line-up of inspirational speakers alongside a multi-genre arts program showcasing the very best in arts from the North Coast region. Chair of Regional Arts NSW, Stephen Champion said “Regional arts practice of the highest order is prolific in NSW but it still often occurs without recognition; particularly by reviewers and our urban counterparts. Artstate is set to change this by placing the spotlight on a different regional hub each year for the next four years. Artstate will also demonstrate that regional NSW is at the epicentre of national and international debate and discourse about the vital relationship of the arts to communities.” The event will commence with two days of keynote speakers and panels exploring the themes of Partnership and Practice and other specialised areas. Featured speakers in the program will include British-Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod, Soumik Datta;  Director of the Norway international indigenous arts and culture festival, Riddu Riđđu Festivála, Karoline Trollvik; and member of the Bundjalung nation Rhoda Roberts, who is Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House, Creative Director, Gallery & Events, Festival Director, Boomerang Festival and Curator of the second annual Parrtijima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs. Alongside the speakers program will be an arts program featuring the likes of local theatre company, Northern Rivers Performing Arts, and the world premiere of their new production Djurra; a free public concert by the Regional Youth Orchestra NSW featuring talented students from regional conservatoriums; and Cheeky Cabaret presented by Brett Haylock from the Brunswick Picture House. The opening of Artstate Lismore will also coincide with the opening of the new Lismore Regional Gallery building and exhibition.
Early bird registration tickets are on sale now at http://www.artstate.com.au

NEW BREED 2017 - presented by Sydney Dance Company
Nov 30 – Dec 9 at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney (All Tickets $35)
In 2017 Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks will continue their commitment to emerging choreographers and present the next edition of New Breed. Showcasing a rich diversity of choreographic ideas, an incredibly talented group of 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.

STILL by Jane Bodie, directed by Danielle Maas, presented by students from Sydney Theatre School
Nov 30 - Dec 2 at Sydney Theatre School, 45 Chippen St, Chippendale NSW ($25/c.$20)
Winner of the 2003 Green Room Award for Best New Writing, Still explores the complexities of desire: discovering what you want, who you want it from, how to get what you want, why our wants change, and what happens in the tension between two people who want very different things.  Through eight glimpses of people in and out of relationships, this pensive and playful text is a timeless reminder that when it comes to each other, no-one really has it together…
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/SJKH


ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND - presented by The Australian Ballet
Dec 2017 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney NSW ()
This wildly imaginative production will transport you to a world of pure wonder.  Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland is brought to life on stage with magnificent puppetry, illusions and playful costumes. Experience the surreal magic of this ballet with your friends and family.
Tickets: https://australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/alices-adventures-in-wonderland

THE WIZARD OF OZ (starring Anthony Warlow)
Dec 2017 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney NSW ()
Click your heels together as the world's favourite musical returns to Australia! The London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting revision of the all-time classic. Developed from the ever- popular MGM screenplay, it contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Leading the cast as The Wizard and Professor Marvel will be Australia’s leading star of musical theatre, Anthony Warlow. Don’t miss your chance to rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat.

WASTED by Kate Tempest (Australian premiere) directed by Elsie Edgerton-Till, presented by The Kings Collective
Dec 1-9 at The Fusebox, Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville NSW ()
The Kings Collective is proud to present the Australian Premiere of 'WASTED' by prolific spoken word artist, author, and poet, Kate Tempest. Three old friends in their mid-twenties. One remarkable day. For Ted, Danny and Charlotte, it’s time to seize control. Make a difference. Change things. This is it. From groundbreaking spoken word artist Kate Tempest, this form- bending play cuts through to the core of our existential grief and gives voice to an entire generation. Featuring a pre-show poetry slam with members of the #tkccommunity

MOON OVER BUFFALO by Ken Ludwig, directed by Christopher Hamilton, presented by Hunters Hill Theatre
Dec 1-10 at Hunters Hill Town Hall, Hunters Hill, NSW ()
If comedies and farces are your choice of theatre, then don’t miss this cracker. Acting couple George and Charlotte Hay are touring with a repertory of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ (revised one-nostril version) and ‘Private Lives’ when fate gives these thespians one more shot at stardom. Timing is everything when a famous director shuffles off to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance.

PACT SALON: BAD - presented by the Cope Street Collective
6pm-10pm Sat Dec 2 at PACT Centre For Emerging Artists, 107 Railway Pde, Erskineville NSW (Tickets $10 online/$15 on the door)
The final PACT Salon of 2017 presents a night of performance, theatre and art curated by Bjorn Stewart and Cope Street Collective. “I always had a soft spot for the trouble makers, the misunderstood, the kid that everyone thought wouldn’t make it” – Teachers of Queensland. An Education Queensland poster used this year to stereotype Indigenous children as a prop to be rescued by the ‘white-saviour’. Cope ST figured our best response to this racial propaganda would be to explore that very stereotype; if they want a trouble-maker so bad, then they’ll get one. So, Cope ST would like to introduce the curated night of, ‘BAD: The trouble-makers, misunderstood, the kid that everyone thought wouldn’t make it’. Come along as PACT becomes a Pleasure Island for the forgotten, fringe-dwelling and outcasts. Live acts, music and dance showing the base of human desire, struggles and survival. If Indigenous people want to be viewed as bad, then we’ll give them BAD. BAD will feature performers Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Genny Stewart, DJ Emily Nicol and artist Emily Johnson. Full line up TBA.
Tickets: https://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?&presenter=AUPACTCEA&tck=true

BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS by Ursula Yovich & Alana Valentine, directed by Leticia Cáceres, presented by Belvoir St Theatre & Produced in association with Vicki Gordon Music Productions Pty Ltd
Dec 2-24, 2017 at Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Belvoir St, Surry Hills NSW (From $37-$72)
Meet Barbara and her band the Camp Dogs. Barbara’s been trying to make it in Sydney but maybe this just isn’t her town. In all the relentless demands of city life, where’s the sense of belonging she craves? It’s time to take a break with her cousin René. With Ursula Yovich as Barbara and Casey Donovan as her redoubtable cousin, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a rock-gig musical about love and home. - "I heard Ursula and Casey sing these songs about three years ago. I get to see some fabulous things in my job but this was really electrifying. Urs doesn’t just have an incredible voice, she’s taken the idea of black rage and sung it out – and it’s so bold, so theatrical, so joyful. It’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, it’s politics and it’s very moving." – Eamon Flack

KNOTS - presented by Old 505 Theatre Co.
Dec 5-17 at Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW ($45 Premium Adults* / $40 Adults / $30 Concession & Under 30 / ‘Pay what you want’ Previews)
We need to tell stories – all of us do. This is a show about how words and ideas travel through time. Can the story of an entire people, or the story of just two people, transcend the centuries? And how can we be bound to them after so many years? With ‘Knots’ our resident theatre company brings to life the final part of their trilogy of work that began with ’Twelfth Dawn’ (2014) and continued with ‘Seeing Unseen’ (2015).

VERTICAL DREAMING - compiled & arranged by Andrew Henry, presented by Red Line Productions
Dec 5-15 at Old Fitz Theatre, Dowling St, Woolloomooloo NSW ()
"In 2017, after a lifetime of wearing a mask, I took it off. I checked myself into a facility to treat depression. My time there allowed me to let go of my programming: Everything is ok. I’m fine. I can deal with this on my own. Admitting to my struggles with mental health has been the single greatest thing I have done, also, the most confronting. Ever since, I have listened to and read thousands of poems. I have also been brought immeasurable comfort by embracing music. This isn’t a play; these are the poems and songs that saved my life, in the company of some of my best friends rocking a live band, as theatre/cabaret. I want to contribute to the eradication of the stigma attached to mental health by standing up and sharing this with you. And don’t worry. This will be fucking entertaining." - Andrew Henry

Dec 6-9 at NIDA Parade Theatres, Kensington NSW ()
The NIDA Directors' and Designers' Productions 2017 is a collection of short shows presented by NIDA's Master of Fine Arts (Directing) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design for Performance) students running concurrently in two venues at NIDA. You can select to see just one, two, or all three/four shows in either venue on any performance date.

THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV - written by Richard Crane, after Dostoyevsky, directed by Victor Kalka, presented by Arrive. Devise. Repeat.
Dec 6-16 at PACT, 107 Railway Pde, Erskineville NSW ()
A wealthy landowner is brutally murdered in a small town, and each of his children is caught up in the crime. In the wake of the murder the writhings of a dysfunctional family are exposed: the petty rivalries, the romantic triangles, and the seething resentment. Equal parts murder mystery, family drama, and absurd comedy this dissection of humanity is brought to life in Richard Crane’s award winning adaptation.
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/489504664754213/
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/323235

THE BODYBAG: THE PANTO - presented by Trevor Ashley
Dec 6-16 at The Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, Chippendale NSW ()
Multi-award winning superstar Rachel Marinade is one of the most successful entertainers ever to have come runner-up on Australian Idol. But after a spate of creepy “fan mail” it’s clear that Rachel needs protection. Not only that, after being charged in local court for holding a fake driver’s license, she also needs transport. Enter ex-ASIO officer, and current Uber driver Tank Charmer. It’s not only his job to protect her – but to get her to her destination with 5 stars. Who knew they could fall in lust? With a cast of complicated characters including a bitchy sister, an ab-riddled backup dancer and Rachel’s ambitious ten year old daughter, hear all the songs you know, like you’ve never heard, or wanted to hear them before. Expect a plethora of 90’s divas coming down from a coke-fuelled bender.

THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, produced by James Angharad & James Smithers, presented by Secret House
Dec 6-16 at The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW (From $22-$32)
An idea for a short story. A young girl lives on the shore of a lake, a girl like you. She loves the lake the way a seagull does. She’s happy and free as a seagull. Then one day a man comes along, sees her, and mindlessly destroys her because he has nothing better to do.
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/248144

WICKED - presented by Manly Musical Society
Dec 8-16 at Glen St Theatre, Belrose NSW ()
WICKED looks at what happened in the Land of Oz... but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.” Glen Street Theatre will become that magical place. WICKED – the untold true story of the Witches of Oz – transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.
Tickets: http://www.glenstreet.com.au/whats/wicked

DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR - presented by Next Move
2pm & 6pm Sunday Dec 10 at Riverside Theatre, Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta NSW (Adults $38 Senior/Concession $35 Child 16 & U $30 Children 18 months and under that don't require a seat are free.)
Next Move is proud to present our production Aladdin JR is proudly brought to you by a passionate, dynamic and talented youth cast as part of Next Move’s 'Musical Makers Club’. Welcome to Agrabah and the Academy-award winning adventure of the street rat that became a prince! When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Aladdin's quest for love isn’t made easy with the likes of wicked Jafar and her squawking side-kick, Iago, getting in the way. Featuring much loved songs from Disney’s classic animated motion picture, this is a wonderful and thrilling ride for the whole family.
Tickets: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/disneys-aladdin-jr/

A CHRISTMAS CAROL from Charles Dickens, directed by Michael Dean, presented by Lies Lies and Propaganda, with KXT
Dec 14-24 at Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW ()
Have you been bad? Are you worthy of redemption? You know the story: the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future drag Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey, in a last ditch effort to save his soul. If he can be redeemed, is there still a chance for the rest of us? Lies, Lies and Propaganda brings its adventurous and daring brand of theatre to Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story, presenting a fresh and frightening new adaptation for 2017.
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/329743

Dec 31 - Jan 21 at Capitol Theatre, Hay St, Haymarket, Sydney NSW ()

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

  If you would like me to add a show here, please send email to : tangneyniall (@) gmail.com