As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters. Photography by Johan Persson.
In 2014, The Australian Ballet embarks on its 33rd International Tour, travelling to Los Angeles and Berkeley with the much-loved, world-acclaimed production of Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. This will be the company’s ninth tour of the United States – adding to the 87 cities across 37 countries the company has visited in its lifetime since 1965.
All photography by Lisa Tomasetti.
Taking their DIY drag and high camp comic bite to hilarious new lows, Declan Greene and Ash Flanders are putting the silver-screen diva front and centre. Garbo, Collins, Davis, Taylor, Hepburn... and Beverly Dumont.
Louder Than Words features two world premieres, one by Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and the other by European star Andonis Foniadakis, both showcasing award-winning dancers stretched to their physical limits in an awe-inspiring Sydney exclusive season. Photography by Wendell Teodoro.
Amanda Wingfield is a single mother. Her son Tom works in a warehouse, her daughter Laura is studying to become a secretary. The three of them live in a small apartment pent up with fantasies and urges and rage and wounded tenderness. It is not a magnificent existence, but each of them has one true idea for a better life. Enter the Gentleman Caller… Photographs by Brett Boardman.
When the unthinkable happens, Scully, a decent hearted Australian embarks on a race across Europe desperately trying to locate his missing wife, with his young daughter Billie in tow. A bold reimagining of an acclaimed Australian novel, with a score featuring bouzoukis, piano accordions, fiddles and the sublime recorder playing of Genevieve Lacey. Directed by Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Marion Potts, The Riders stars Barry Ryan as Scully, returning to the Victorian Opera stage after his critically acclaimed portrayal of the title role of Nixon in China. Photography by Jeff Busby.
The Perfect American imagines the final months of Walt Disney’s life, including mythical imaginings of Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol. This visually spectacular production designed by Dan Potra and directed by esteemed international theatre director Phelim McDermott, includes a stunning international and Australian cast, led by conductor Gareth Jones. Featuring British baritone Christopher Purves as Walt Disney, Cheryl Barker as Hazel, Douglas McNicol as Roy Disney, Donald Kaasch as Dantine, Marie McLaughlin as Lillian Disney and Kanen Breen as Andy Warhol alongside the Opera Queensland Chorus and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. All photographs by Dan Swinbourne
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
The King and I is one of Rogers and Hammerstein's most loved musicals, and Opera Australia's sumptuous, triple Helpmann Award-winning staging, including the gong for Best Musical, opens this evening at the Sydney Opera House. Set in Siam (now Thailand) in 1862, it tells the story of Anna Leonowens (portrayed by Lisa McCune), a strong-willed, widowed schoolteacher who is summoned to Bangkok to teach the many children of the King (played in the Sydney leg of the OA tour by Teddy Tahu Rhodes). The initial challenges and isolation of living within the Siamese palace and the King's apparently inflexibility and hostility almost drive Anna, and her young son, away from the court.
However after a confrontation, Anna sees the King in a more vulnerable and human light and helps the King to plan for the arrival of a British envoy, who are considering taking over Siam as a protectorate. With Anna's help the British envoy decide that the Siam court is not the barbaric threat they had feared and decide to leave the country under its own control. Anna and the King become close, but though their bond is strong the differences between their two cultures create a barrier between them that they cannot overcome. Only on his death-bed can the King and Anna's friendship be saved.
Presented by J.P Morgan and John Frost, directed by Christopher Renshaw, The King and I runs at the Sydney Opera House until October 30. For tickets visit www.opera.org.au
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Helen McCrory takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp. Photography by Richard Hubert Smith.