Darlinghurst Theatre Company have announced a diverse program of contemporary and classic drama for its inaugural season at the Eternity Playhouse. Audiences will have the opportunity to experience and discover high-quality, innovative productions at Sydney’s exciting new theatre venue.
Announced earlier this year, Darlinghurst Theatre Company will open Eternity Playhouse with Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, which will open on November 5. Directed by Iain Sinclair, All My Sons is a compelling and heartbreaking story about family ties, patriotic duty and personal greed.
The 2014 season kicks off with the Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos. Wickedly funny lyrics accompany a live piano score in this quirky yet tender tale about family, growing up and what it means to be a man.
The impressive line-up continues with the fiercely satirical The Gigli Concert, the wickedly subversive comedy The Young Tycoons, the new Australian play Every Second, Nick Payne’s West End hit Constellations, the return of the sell-out 2013 hit The Motherf**ker with the Hat and rounding off the season is the deliciously fast-paced comedy about love, loneliness, food and friendship, Nick Enright’s Daylight Saving.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company Director Glenn Terry wants audiences to experience the power and possibilities of live theatre and for each production to inspire reflection and dialogue about the world.
“Every show in our inaugural season brings together a new team of outstanding artists, who will present their unique artistic vision and perspectives on theatre and life,” said Mr Terry.
“Our inaugural season at the Eternity Playhouse pays homage to independent artists and to theatre itself. From the grand to the intimate, from the tragic to the whimsical and from the small to the infinite, we’ve got it all.”
Opening in November, the Eternity Playhouse is set to become a prominent and iconic theatre destination in Sydney. With its stunning architecture, brand new state-of the-art facilities and iconic place in Sydney’s history, the repurposed Burton Street Tabernacle will be a very special place to see live theatre.
Marvin has left his wife and son for his male lover. Meanwhile, Trina has shacked up with Marvin’s shrink. Amongst this there’s also a Bar Mitzvah to organise. Is it too much to ask for everyone to get along?
Falsettos is a hilarious and touching Tony Award-winning musical about the original modern family. Music and lyrics by William Finn, Book by William Finn and James Lapine. Directed by Stephen Colyer 7 February – 16 March 2014
THE GIGLI CONCERT
Widely considered to be Murphy’s masterpiece, The Gigli Concert is a fiercely satirical and beautifully crafted play about the endurance of the human spirit and our ability to achieve the impossible. By Tom Murphy. Directed by John O’Hare and starring Patrick Dickson, Maeliosa Stafford 4 April – 4 May 2014
THE YOUNG TYCOONS
A smash hit for Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2005 and 2006, this wickedly subversive comedy takes a scathing and satirical look at the ruthless world of Australia’s empire builders.
This new version created especially for the Eternity Playhouse stage promises to be every bit as scandalous and uproariously funny. By CJ Johnson. Directed by Michael Pigott and starring Briallen Clarke, Andrew Cutcliffe, Blake Erickson, Nicholas Hammond and James Lugton 16 May – 15 June 2014
Every Second is the story of two thirty-something couples hell bent on having a child. They’ve given up sushi and champagne, as well as their sanity. Full of wry observations and bitter truths, Every Second takes a comedic look at this very modern dilemma.
Don’t miss this brand new Australian play from one of one of the country’s most daring and witty playwrights. By Vanessa Bates and directed by Shannon Murphy 27 June – 27 July 2014
Multiverse theory is explored through the infinite possibilities of a single relationship. Written by one of Britain’s most exciting young playwrights, Constellations is an explosive new play about love, fate and free will. By Nick Payne and directed by Anthony Skuse 8 August – 7 September
THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT
Fast-paced and uproarious, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a gleefully foul-mouthed look at modern love and other addictions. Following rave reviews and a sold-out season in 2013, it makes a welcome return to the Sydney stage. By Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Adam Cook and starring Troy Harrison and Zoe Trilsbach 19 September – 19 October 2014
Daylight Savings is a deliciously fast-paced comedy about love, loneliness, food and friendship by one of Australia’s most loved playwrights. By Nick Enright and directed by Mark Kilmurry 31 October – 30 November 2014
Opening in November 2013, the Eternity Playhouse is set to become a prominent and iconic theatre destination in Sydney. This 126 year-old heritage listed building is currently being restored and renovated by the City of Sydney into a state-of-the-art theatre and new home for Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
For more information, visit: www.darlinghursttheatre.com for details.
Image: The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Frank Farrugia