Sydney’s Genesian Theatre has been delighting theatre lovers since the opening night performance of their first production on 29 January 1945. One of Sydney’s most active companies, the Genesian Theatre Company provides a training ground for young theatre professionals and those who just love theatre. As well as presenting six stage productions each year, they also run classes and workshops. Operating from a historic church building at 420 Kent Street, the theatre’s alumni include many of Australian theatres most famous names such as Bryan Brown, John Bell and Baz Luhrmann.
The 2016 programme for their 72nd season, which the Company recently launched, promises to be an exciting mixture of plays that should appeal to both their loyal subscriber base as well as attract new patrons.
Australia’s master dramatist David Williamson has the honour of opening the season on 2 April with his play “Nothing Personal”, exploring the rivalry between two women in a publishing company.
Thomas Hardy’s popular novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” that has been adapted for the stage by Mark Healey opens on 21 May. No season would be complete without an Agatha Christie and opening on 9 July is “Appointment With Death” set in Petra.
The Olivier Award winning musical “Our House” has its Sydney premiere on 3 September. This not to be missed production, with a script by Tim Firth, one of Britain’s leading playwrights, features songs of super group Madness, such as “It Must Be Love” and “Wings of a Dove”.
Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” opens on 22 October and William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” opening 28 January 2017 concludes the season.
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