Scene from "All My Sons"

Scene from “All My Sons”

Darlinghurst Theatre Company recently opened the new Eternity Playhouse, previously the Burton Street Tabernacle on the corner of Burton & Palmer Streets Darlinghurst, with one of the most celebrated plays of the twentieth century, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, directed by renowned theatre director Iain Sinclair.

Set in 1947 in mid-west America, All My Sons tells the story of an all American family torn apart by a shameful secret. Joe Keller is a proud family man, successful business owner and local hero, but when he places the family’s prosperity above the lives of others, there are devastating consequences for all.

Marshall Napier leads a stellar cast including Toni Scanlan, Briallen Clarke, Robin Goldsworthy, Anthony Gooley, Andrew Henry, Mary Rachel Brown, Angus Moore, Zac Ynfante and Meredith Penman.

Named in honour of Sydney identity Arthur Stace, who became known as “Mr Eternity”, it was in the Burton Street Tabernacle that Stace heard the sermon that inspired him to anonymously chalk “Eternity” on the city’s footpaths for over 30 years.

The Eternity Playhouse is set to become a prominent theatre destination in Sydney, with its stunning architecture, brand new state of the art facilities and iconic place in Sydney’s history. Darlinghurst Theatre Company has worked closely with the City of Sydney and architects Tonkin Zulaikha and Greer to create a technically advanced theatre that is also welcoming, accessible and intimate.

Restoration work commenced in 2008 to bring the 126 year old heritage listed building back to its former glory, including repairs to the roof structure and laying new Welsh slate tiles to match the originals, as well as restoring the original decorative timber ceiling and stain glass windows, plus re-pointing the brickwork and general repairs. The original Baptismal Font, which was used for full immersion baptisms, has been retained underneath the theatre stage.

Darlinghurst Theatre Company Director Glenn Terry said, “We believe a theatre ought to be a vibrant, inspiring and welcoming place and our new home, the Eternity Playhouse, will be just that.”

All My Sons plays at Eternity Playhouse until December 1.  For online and phone bookings http://www.darlinghursttheatre.com or 02 8356 9987.

Sandra Tiltman 


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