The Genesian Theatre is proud to present our 70th Season in 2014-2015.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted by Simon Reade
- Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure by Steven Dietz after William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle
- Spider's Web by Agatha Christie
- Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
- The Winslow Boy by Terrence Rattigan
- A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
We're having a birthday and we'd love you to join us for a sparkling new season in 2014/15!!!
First up we enter the world of Jane Austen in an exciting new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Recently staged at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in London this vibrant new version features all your favourites - Mr and Mrs Bennett, all those daughters (!) and especially of course Lizzie and Mr Darcy - in a bright, dance-filled retelling of Jane Austen's classic. With a cast of 17, sumptuous period costumes and imposing sets this is one for the entire family.
As we head into Winter Sherlock Holmes is on the case - solving the blackmailing of a well-known photographer, falling for the famous opera singer, Irene Adler and tangling with criminal mastermind, Professor Moriarty, all with the help of his faithful companion, Doctor Watson. Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure weaves a grippingly exciting tale culminating in that famous waterfall scene (onstage!!) so brush off your deerstalkers, pipes and violins now!!
Over the week of 10th – 16th August the theatre will be holding a number of special events to celebrate our 70th anniversary, culminating in a gala dinner. Keep an eye on our website for details as we would love you to join us for the celebrations.
No Genesian season would be complete without the Queen of murder-mystery and Agatha Christie's Spider's Web is one of her finest. Clarissa, the young wife of a foreign office diplomat, delights in spinning tales of adventure to their bored circle of friends. But her amusing games become deadly serious when she discovers the body of a stranger in her own drawing room. "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive" !
Amadeus by Peter Shaffer will be known to many from the hugely successful movie adaptation however the stage play first performed at the Royal National Theatre is a tour de force that unfolds against the most beautiful musical score. When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart appears at the Hapsburg court, Court composer Salieri soon realises that the little man's skills greatly surpass his own. But did Salieri really murder Mozart?
As we welcome the New Year we also welcome one of my favourite plays. Fresh from a triumphant Broadway revival, The Winslow Boy has graced our stage twice before, most recently in 1982. Terence Rattigan based his 1946 drama on the actual experience of an upper-middle-class family whose legal defence of a son's honour became a cause celebre. This most powerful and accomplished play about a Father's belief, against all the odds, that 'Right must be done' will move and uplift you and I urge you not to miss it.
Finally in this season we prove yet again that "The course of true love never did run smooth" with a play that needs no introduction from me! As the human and magical worlds collide mischief and chaos erupt as love at first sight proves a reality for some and makes an ass of others in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - a colourful and magical conclusion to our anniversary season.
So there we have it. Six wonderful plays that will entertain, inspire, amuse and uplift you, all in the welcoming ambience of Sydney's unique little theatre.
And, as the icing on the cake, our subscription prices are even cheaper than last year. It's an anniversary present!
We do hope you can join us and we very much look forward to showing you to your seat!
Roger Gimblett (Theatre Director)