In 1970, John Bell, Richard Wherrett and Ken Horler founded the Nimrod Theatre Company dedicated to developing Australian work, converting a small building in Nimrod Street, Kings Cross that had previously been a stables, a taxi garage, and a gymnasium into a performance space. Fifty years later, the SBW Stables Theatre, as it is now known, is the home of Griffin Theatre Company, established in 1979, which is also dedicated to Australian writing.
Griffin’s 2020 season celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic theatre with a season of five mainstage plays, the first of which is by David Williamson who is also celebrating his 50th year as a playwright next year. However, the season is not about the past, though it does include a revival of a 2002 play by Alma de Groen.
“The 2020 season is not a looking back but a looking forward. Our playwrights have questions for you, challenges for you, laughter to share with you and hope and visions of the future to offer you,” said Griffin’s Artistic Director Lee Lewis.