Sydney Theatre Company 2019 Program
At the Sydney Theatre Company in 2019, cinema stars and up-and-coming talent appear in revered classics and thrilling new works in a season that casts an unflinching gaze on the politics of today's society.
In a year when strong female characters take the lead, Rebel Wilson appears as a middle-aged woman whose troubled relationship with her mother forms the focus of Irish writer Martin McDonagh’s black-as-night hit, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Writer Kate Mulvany reimagines one of history’s greatest rivalries in season opener Mary Stuart, her contemporary adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s classic 19th-century play starring Caroline Brazier as Mary, Queen of Scots and Helen Thomson as Elizabeth I.
Zahra Newman stars alongside two masters of the stage, Hugo Weaving and Pamela Rabe, in the boozy Southern classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Kip Williams, while Mia Wasikowska leads an ensemble cast in a modern interpretation of Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s dark parable of modern life.
Among new works by local talent, acclaimed actor-slash-writer Nakkiah Lui applies her incisive wit to the world of politics in her latest work for the stage, How to Rule the World; social commentator Van Badham dissects the predatory practices of pick-up artists in Banging Denmark; and Anchuli Felicia King debuts White Pearl, a portrait of toxic corporate culture and casual racism set in Singapore.
Other highlights include Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman) in Cosí, the much-loved comedy by Louis Nowra; Toby Schmitz and Geraldine Hakewill play lovers in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing; and director Clare Watson bring to life The Torrents, a forgotten mid-century Australian work that will star the captivating comedic talent Celia Pacquola as an intrepid reporter who takes a new job in a remote gold-mining town.
Visit the Sydney Theatre Company website for information about a 2019 Season Ticket (a pack of six or more plays).
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