Sydney Theatre Company

Adelaide Festival Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray paints a convincing picture of a timeless message

March 16, 2022

The recent renovations to Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide have been in keeping with the charm of the old building, while modernising it to a current standard. More room in comfortable seats, an additional dress circle, better bar facilities; these all add up to a sympathetic improvement of a classic theatre. What better place to […]

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Review: Sydney Theatre Company’s Appropriate is a remarkable and intensely significant production

March 24, 2021

Ever notice how families will remember events from their childhood differently? How a conversation, a situation or a person that seems so clear to you can be viewed from a completely different perspective by your sibling. This concept of selective memory is sometimes heightened after someone dies, our brains often choosing to focus on the […]

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Preview: STC’s Appropriate has all the benchmarks of great theatre

February 16, 2021

With everything that occurred in the year that was 2020, Appropriate, directed by Wesley Enoch seems, well, appropriate. Written by the American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the play centres around a dysfunctional American family brought together by the death of their father. As they begin to sort through his belongings they struggle between a desire to […]

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Four shows not to miss in Sydney Theatre Company‘s 2019 season

September 11, 2018

Unveiling its bold, imaginative and entertaining array of productions for the year ahead, the Sydney Theatre Company’s new program of thirteen shows across four venues is prepared to astound audiences from far and wide. Speaking about the season, Artistic Director Kip William’s has said: “In 2018 our season looked at leadership and social responsibility in […]

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Caryl Churchill classic Top Girls takes to the stage in The Sydney Opera House

February 6, 2018

The Sydney Theatre Company is kicking off their 2018 season with the Caryl Churchill classic Top Girls, and will be hitting the stage from 12 February to 24 March. The production is directed by STC Resident Director Imara Savage with an extraordinary all-female ensemble including Helen Thomson, Kate Box, Michelle Lim Davidson, Paula Arundell and […]

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Theatre Review: Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical is a neon-coloured explosion through our culture

November 29, 2017

A question commonly asked in arts circles is where all the new Australian musicals are. Surely, they do exist, but grand-scale, blockbuster song-and-dance shows isn’t something we’re generally known for. Hot Shoe Shuffle – arguably Australia’s first hit musical – premiered only 24 years ago, and since then only Pricilla and Strictly Ballroom have made […]

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Theatre Review: STC’s The Father could not be in better hands than those of John Bell (Performances to 21st August)

August 26, 2017

Dementia is a truly terrifying condition, one that attacks the very sense of self. It affects not only the sufferer but also those closest to them in the most distressing of ways. In Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Father this distress is both portrayed and felt keenly, even when the play itself deliberately makes […]

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Interview: Matthew Backer talks being on Cloud Nine with this most complex play (now playing in Sydney!)

July 12, 2017

Scandalously funny, thought-provoking and heartbreaking, Cloud Nine is an enduring theatrical masterpiece. However, after seeing it last week we had some questions… and who better to answer them then someone close to the heart of it all? Cue Matthew Backer, who takes on the dual roles of Joshua and Gerry in the production, and who has managed to dish […]

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Theatre Review: STC’s Cloud Nine does much to draw you in to this most powerful play (Performances to August 12th)

July 9, 2017

In a bleak midwinter comes forth STC’s Cloud Nine– surprising, hilarious, shocking and magnificent. The staging bespokes a Kip Williams production in its minimal design, allowing focus to solely rest upon its carefully selected cast. A layer of dirt covers the ground, upon it a glass box to which the actors retire occasionally to be […]

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Interview: Geraldine Hakewill talks about her upcoming role as Lady Macbeth and how Shakespeare’s work continues to translate in 2017

May 29, 2017

It’s one of Shakepeare‘s most famous tragedies and the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) is bringing Macbeth to audiences with a modern day touch. Starring none other than Aussie actor Jai Courtney in the title role and Geraldine Hakewill as Lady Macbeth, this is sure to be an outstanding season of Australian theatre. Macbeth opens next week and the cast […]

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Theatre Review: Chimerica delivers on high visual and performance quality (at Roslyn Packer Theatre until April 1st)

March 19, 2017

Beginning in 1989, Chimerica brings us Joe Schofield, an American Photojournalist stationed in Beijing. Sitting in his hotel room during the Tiananmen protests, he manages to snap the all-famous photograph of Tank Man – a young student standing defiantly in the way of a line of tanks. Fast forward to 2012 and Joe, now back […]

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STC’s Chimerica is an extraordinary piece of storytelling (Now playing at Roslyn Packer Theatre until 1st April)

March 7, 2017

In its opening moments Chimerica greets us with the back of its full cast, each in the vise of the iconic image “Tank Man”. Together they move, whipping their shopping bags in defiance. It is the precursor to the essence of this play: the enigma that is the Tank Man and his shopping bags. It is […]

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Theatre Review: Away is an enduring look at life, conflict & the family Christmas holiday (Sydney Opera House until 25th March)

February 26, 2017

Michael Gow’s Away is one of Australia’s most popular plays and this latest production makes it easy to see why. The current Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre Production sees the play return to its second home at the Sydney Opera House (the show played here one year after it debuted at the Stables Theatre […]

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Matthew Backer on political thriller Chimerica, Kip Williams rehearsal rooms and the “Tank Man”

February 12, 2017

Inspired by one of the 20th century’s most powerful images, the photograph “Tank Man”, Chimerica tackles two decades of complex US-China relations alongside the personal stories that exist beyond the margins of history. We caught up with Matthew Backer during rehearsals to talk about this geopolitical thriller and what to expect from this latest production by Sydney […]

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Broadway rehearsals underway for Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Chekhov’s first play

December 8, 2016

Starring Richard Roxburgh and Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton‘s The Present is based on Anton Chekhov‘s first play, untitled and only discovered sixteen years after his death. After an acclaimed season in Sydney, the STC production will begin previews at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre later this month. With Upton’s adaptation set post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s, friends gather […]

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Theatre Review: Sydney Theatre Company’s Speed The Plow is a somewhat calm and controlled satirical stab at the American movie business

November 14, 2016

Speed The Plow is a somewhat calm and controlled satirical stab at the American movie business, at relationships and convenience, and at wanting to be a good person and yet always having to succumb in the end at the hands of money, money, money. As Bobby says in defeat: “I wanted to be good, but I became […]

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Review: A Flea In Her Ear is an absolute masterpiece of comedic wonderment – Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney (until 17th November)

November 5, 2016

There is a reoccurring joke in A Flea In Her Ear that plays out as such- one character will start “I saw this play…”, to which the other will interrupt to say “I’m sorry”. The initial character then waves away the sympathy, explaining, “it was short”. Having seen STC’s latest production of this play, my final […]

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Review: STC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is grisly and all kinds of messed up (at Sydney Opera House until 22nd October)

September 25, 2016

The most recent production of A Midsummer Nights Dream I had seen was The Australian Ballet’s interpretation last year, “The Dream”. The ballet was full of whimsical fairies and enchanted forests, the dancing light and airy as it retold Shakespeare’s fanciful story of love and folly. Here again in the Sydney Theatre Company’s latest adaption […]

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Matt Backer (Puck) on STC’s dark new interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

September 17, 2016

Sydney Theatre Company’s dark new interpretation of the beloved Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened at the Sydney Opera House this week. An interpretation that is anything but a fairytale. We caught up with Matt Backer during tech week to chat about this thrilling new production and about his character Puck, or who I shall henceforth refer […]

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Sydney Theatre Company announces programme for 2017 season

September 12, 2016

With fifteen shows spread across four venues, Sydney Theatre Company’s 2017 season aims to “challenge, stir, and entertain” audiences, with a diverse and exciting lineup, including a musical version of Aussie classic Muriel’s Wedding. Speaking of the program, STC’s Interim Artistic Director Kip Williams said: “We are excited to present a diverse season in 2017, […]

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Josh McConville on getting into the head of a donkey and the darker side of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

August 14, 2016

Next month Sydney Theatre Company will be taking on Shakespeare’s whimsical tale of fairies and magic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But it seems not all will be flittering wings and glittering sparkles in this latest adaption by the company’s interim artistic director Kip Williams. We caught up with STC favourite Josh McConville during rehearsals to discuss this […]

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Review: Fracture – Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney (Performances until August 12)

August 6, 2016

I find Mario Kart so ruthless and stressful that, emotionally, I can’t reach the end of Rainbow Road without shedding some real-life baggage. That’s the game Charlie (Brandon McClelland) is playing with flat-mates Clara (Contessa Treffone) and Tommy (Tel Benjamin), literally and metaphorically, in their rundown Perthian apartment. Whatever he’s trying to shed, they seem […]

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Theatre Review: The Hanging – Sydney Theatre Company, Wharf Theatre (performances until 10th September)

August 4, 2016

There’s an overwhelming urge amongst Australian societies to divulge themselves in to the case of missing people – particularly children. Stories that dominate the media also capture us. The case of Daniel Morcombe is a case in point, where the pubic followed it religiously for more than a decade until there was some sort of […]

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Sydney Theatre Company invites audiences into the forest of desire with a new staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 21, 2016

Sydney Theatre Company’s Resident Director Kip Williams will be diving back into the world of Shakespeare later this year, bringing what is  promised to be a bold new staging of the perennial favourite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to the Sydney Opera House stage. This new production will feature ABC’s Cleverman star Rob Collins as Lysander; […]

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Angela Betzien’s The Hanging to receive world premiere this July

June 30, 2016

Sydney Theatre Company are set to start a run of The Hanging, by 2013 Patrick White Fellow Angela Betzien in late July. The production will feature Puberty Blues and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries actress Ashleigh Cummings in her STC debut. The Hanging follows the aftermath of the disappearance of three teenage girls in the Melbourne hinterland. When […]

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Shortlist for Patrick White Playwrights’ Award revealed

May 11, 2016

Ahead of the May 20th announcement of the winners, the Sydney Theatre Company has released the shortlist of plays in the running to for this year’s prestigious Patrick White Playwrights’ Award. Named for Australian playwright Patrick White, the award is presented to an original, unproduced play. The winning playwright will receive $7500, and have the […]

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Theatre review: Hay Fever – Sydney Theatre Company (Performances to 21 May 2016)

April 17, 2016

And you thought your family was bad. Meet the Blisses. Mother Judith (Heather Mitchell) is a retired stage actress, her husband David (Tony Llewellyn-Jones) is a novelist and their two grown children, Simon (Tom Conroy) and Sorel (Harriet Dyer) still live at home. Hay Fever opens with the siblings exchanging insults and generally talking around […]

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Theatre Review: Arcadia – Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House (performances to 2nd April)

February 15, 2016

Tom Stoppard’s plays are just so damn entertaining and clever. They always give off such a vibe of established sophistication that he easily fits into the most respected playwrights of history, but his writing remains relevant and modern. And when one gets to experience his plays in such a production as Sydney Theatre Company’s latest […]

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Sydney Theatre Company heads to Broadway with The Present

January 29, 2016

Following a sold-out, critically acclaimed engagement in Sydney, Australia last August, The Present, Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, will be presented on Broadway for a limited engagement in the early Winter of 2016. The Present, directed by John Crowley, will see Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh make their Broadway debuts, […]

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Review: The Golden Age – Wharf 1 Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company (Performances until February 20th)

January 20, 2016

Two young men explore the Tasmanian wilderness in their youth. Francis, a young engineer and his friend Peter, a geologist, have bright futures ahead of them. But when they stumble upon a tribe of outcasts deep in the bush, they enjoy a moment of curious joy before despair. The tribe are a group of misfits, […]

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