What not to miss during Brisbane's busy theatre season
IT'S a busy start to 2017 for Queensland Theatre's much anticipated season with four presentations coming up, led by the blockbuster musical, Ladies in Black, followed by The Flick, Constellations and Once In Royal David's City. Tickets are on sale now, having been previously only on sale as season tickets.
Ladies in Black: January 28 to February 19
This stylish story of fashion, friendship and 1950s Australia won the coveted Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work and features over 20 original songs written by legendary singer-songwriter, Tim Finn OBE (Split Enz, Crowded House) and a stunning range of some 30 custom-designed dresses and suits. From the adaptation of Madeleine St John's 1993 novel, The Women in Black, this applauded production has been brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns together with Finn and director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical; Love Never Dies).
The Flick: February 10 to March 5
Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a play that's been the talk of New York and London, The Flick will open at the Cremorne Theatre. This production, by Melbourne ensemble Red Stitch Actors Theatre, is directed by Nadia Tass (Disgraced) and has been described as an exquisitely observed meditation on love and change.
Constellations: March 9 to April 9
After sold-out seasons in New York and London, it's Queensland's turn to be delighted and moved by Constellations. A quirky and charming romance by hot young British writer, Nick Payne (who, when Constellations was named Best Play at the 2012 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, became the youngest ever winner). Directed by Kat Henry, Constellations stars Lucas Stibbard (Boy Girl Wall) and Jessica Tovey (Wonderland, Home and Away).
Once In Royal David's City: April 22 to May 14
In April, Artistic Director Sam Strong marks his Queensland Theatre directorial debut with the latest heartfelt work by playwright and former Artistic Director Michael Gow. At once intimate and sweeping, balancing warmth with wrath, Once In Royal David's City is a life-affirming story about family, loss, purpose, and politics. We welcome back Queensland stage powerhouse Jason Klarwein (Macbeth).
In his inaugural season as artistic director, Sam Strong presents nine standout shows in total, opening with Ladies in Black and closing with Joanna Murray-Smith's fiery adaptation of the Ingmar Bergman classic Scenes from a Marriage starring real-life couple Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear.
Visit website: queens
landtheatre.com.au or call 1800355528.