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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.
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.
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