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As they do, year and year again, the Melbourne Theatre Company have just released the preview for 2018 and it’s a work of art.
Check out the very nice compilation teaser below:
Did you get chills? Feel inspired by the arts? Compelled to purchase a coveted MTC 2018 subscription?
Though before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s break down some of the incredible performances coming to Melbourne next season.
With so much greatness, we’ve taken five of our top picks, though we’ll no doubt be grabbing tickets for everything.
Three old friends, the rugged English coast and questions about the future of the human race, coming from the mind of Lucy Kirkwood; this will start the season off on the right note. Delving into the ideas of friendship and responsibility of the older generation, The Children will leave you with much to think about. Following on from a strong season in London with a stack of rave reviews, be sure not to miss it.
The Children is on from February 4 – March 10 at the Southbank Theatre
Gender politics, class warfare and some rather honest social commentary is what you can expect from this party outing. The original was written 40 years ago and still holds true to this day. A desperate-to-fit-in housewife holds a party for the neighbours, it turns into a night of flirting and fighting over Gin & Tonics and cheese sticks. Settle in for the fun.
Abigail’s Party is on from March 17 – April 21 at the Southbank Theatre
Anything that Lisa McCune does, can do no wrong. It’s a big call, though it’s true. Based in Manhattan, Gloria is a tale of sharky office politics and the media-saturated world that we live in. As the 20-something employees continue to act busy, the magazine world begins to change before them. The original script was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the NY Times called it ‘bitingly funny‘.
Gloria is on from June 16 – July 21 at the Southbank Theatre
A Doll’s House, Part 2
A continuation from the 1879 Henrik Ibsen play ‘A Doll’s House‘ sees the story of the Nora Helmer follow on 15 years after. Back to get the divorce from her husband, Torvald, all she needs now is the paperwork. After a huge season on Broadway and a number of 5-star reviews, MTC Associate Director, Sarah Goodes takes the directorship along with one of the most popular actors, Marta Dusseldorp. This has 5 stars written all over it.
A Doll’s House, Part 2 is on from August 11 – September 15 at the Southbank Theatre
As Geoffrey Rush says in the teaser below ‘This is Shakespeare’s greatest comedy and after this, he wrote all the really dark plays‘ and he’s so right. The Twelfth Night is packed with comedy, passion and music and focuses on a twin brother and sister who become shipwrecked and separated. A classic piece of Shakespeare told by some of the greats of the Australian stage.
Twelfth Night is on from November 12 – December 29 at the Southbank Theatre
It’s the best way to secure your tickets ahead of the general public and will save you a stack of cash. Even if you’re not based in Melbourne, booking seven shows in now, gives you an excuse to head back to the Victorian capital every month.
Snoop the subscriptions options HERE.
And grab the whole season offerings HERE.
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