Alex Rathge­ber

At home with

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - ADVICE - Words Cather­ine Nikas-Bou­los Pic­tures Adam Yip More The Wiz­ard Of Oz, The Capi­tol Theatre, Camp­bell St, Hay­mar­ket; from De­cem­ber 30, tick­et­mas­ Alex and se­lect cast mem­bers will fea­ture in Wool­worths Car­ols in the Do­main on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 17, C

The Lon­don Pal­la­dium pro­duc­tion ion of The Wiz­ard Of Oz has al­ready wowed wed audiences in Bris­bane, and soon on it will be Sydney’s turn, with the show open­ing ning at the Capi­tol Theatre from De­cem­ber r 30.

Alex Rathge­ber, who stars in the pro­duc­tion as Tin Man, is ex­cited about bout bring­ing the show to Sydney, hav­ing g spent much of his ca­reer on the road, d, in­clud­ing a stint in the prin­ci­pal role e of Raoul in Lon­don’s West End pro­duc­tion ction of The Phan­tom Of The Opera.

He is fast be­com­ing one Aus­tralia’s a’s most ver­sa­tile lead­ing men, with cred­its in­clud­ing Brad in The Rocky y Hor­ror Show, Lancelot in Camelot and Sid in An Of­fi­cer And A Gen­tle­man. n.

“This is the first time in about 13 years where I haven’t had to sub­let my place ace or pack up my stuff and put it into stor­age age or my par­ents’ garage,” he says.

Un­like most theatre stars, he wasn’t sn’t a huge fan of The Wiz­ard Of Oz, un­til now. He jumped at the chance to au­di­tion when hen it was con­firmed An­thony War­low and Lucy ucy Du­rack were star­ring in the en­sem­ble.

While Alex only moved to Manly y six months ago, he loves liv­ing by the beach. each. Raised in coun­try Vic­to­ria, he now counts ocean swim­ming as one of his great­est est joys.

“I get to wake up and look out across ross that great view,” he says. “This is a real nov­elty ovelty for me and be­cause Manly is a way from m the city, I feel like my home is a lit­tle get­away.” y.”


Tom gave me a full-body wet­suit for our an­niver­sary, so I faced my huge fear of sharks. I’ve joined a swim­ming group and so far I’ve clocked up about 65km of ocean swim­ming.

Retro vases and globe

One of my best friends, Viv, gave me these two va vases and globe just af­ter we grad­u­ated from West Aus­tralian A Academy Of Per­form­ing Arts. We were fresh out t off of school,h school, lf full l of hope and am­bi­tion.

Rains back­pack

I’ve only ever had those free back­packs that you get from the gym, and I was eye­ing off this one. Tom bought it for my birth­day and now it’s a part of my daily life.

The Half book Grandpa’s Vegemite jacket

My papa Jim used to wear this jacket and do this act where he’d make a tiny jar of Vegemite ap­pear from one of the pock­ets. My grandma kept the jacket for me.

My par­ents have been so sup­port­ive of my ca­reer. They gave me this book, which con­tains pho­to­graphs of ac­tors pre­par­ing for the stage. It means the world to me.

Help­mann Award

Play­ing Billy in Any­thing Goes for Opera Aus­tralia in 2015 was a dream come true. Win­ning my Help­mann Award was some very sweet ic­ing on the cake.

The Wiz­ard Of Oz stage ac­tor Alex Rathge­ber Art Deco apart­ment in Manly with his part­ner Tom Bunting

I found this vel­vet vin­tage chair in an op-shop in Mel­bourne years ago and for some rea­son I just fell in love with it A neu­tral back­drop with black and white in­te­ri­ors

Our apart­ment catches so much sun­light and it is mag­i­cal look­ing out across the shim­mer­ing ocean

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