Jane Rivers directs the upcoming show Quartet.
Jane Rivers directs the upcoming show Quartet.

Old stars burn brightest in the Noosa Arts comedy Quartet

NOOSA Arts Theatre will transform into Beecham House, an English countryside estate where the world's most famous musicians and singers enjoy their sunset years, when it stages the smash hit comedy, Quartet.

The story follows Beecham House as it buzzes with rumours that a new resident is about to be welcomed into the house and word is, it's a "star".

Quartet, written by Sir Ronald Harwood (whose The Dresser remains one of the best plays ever written about the theatre) premieres at Noosa Arts Theatre on September 11.

Directed by Jane Rivers, Quartet is a wickedly comedic play about redefining old age and growing old with hope; demonstrating how art illuminates life; and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade.

Every year on the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi, Beecham House residents unite to perform a concert and raise funds for their home. Residents Reggie (Errol Morrison) , Wilf (Patrick James Reed ), and Cissy (Sue Sewell ) are shocked to learn that Beecham House's newest resident is Jean (Yvie Somerville), a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times.

She is also Reggie's ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former Quartet. Old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with their rehearsal schedule.

Can the passage of time heal old wounds?

And will the famous quartet patch up their differences to perform the act three quartet "bella figlia dell'amore" from Verdi's "Rigoletto"?

Cut-price Preview September 10, all tickets $22, Evenings, September11, 12,17,18,19 at 7.30pm, matinees September13 at 2pm, September 19 at 1pm. Adults $31/Conc. $27/Group $25/Child $22. September 16 Molly's Song Charity Fundraiser, all tickets $37 inc. supper at interval.

For bookings phone 5449 9343 or book online: http://www.noosaartstheatre.org.au Counter Sales: Tues to Fri 9am to 2pm. 163 Weyba Road, Noosaville


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