Don’t miss these plays, mu­si­cals, op­eras and dance pro­duc­tions

Time Out (Sydney) - - THEATRE & DANCE -

JUNE Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Mu­si­cal

The world’s most fab­u­lous bus has rolled back into its home­town. This Aus­tralian juke­box mu­si­cal about Syd­ney drag queens in the out­back has played ev­ery ma­jor theatre mar­ket in the world – in­clud­ing Broad­way and the West End – and re­turns to Australia with orig­i­nal cast mem­ber Tony Shel­don. The soundtrack is made up of disco hits in­clud­ing ‘It’s Rain­ing Men’, ‘MacArthur Park’ and ‘Fi­nally’.

Capi­tol Theatre, 13 Campbell St, Haymarket 2000. 02 9320 5000. priscil­lath­e­mu­si­ $49.90-$200.90. Un­til Jul 21.

The Book of Mor­mon

One of the world’s most suc­cess­ful mu­si­cals is hav­ing its Syd­ney pre­miere sea­son at the newly ren­o­vated Syd­ney Lyric theatre. It fol­lows two Mor­mon mis­sion­ar­ies from Amer­ica as they try to bring the good word to the peo­ple of Uganda. Writ­ten by the cre­ators of South Park, the mu­si­cal is both blas­phe­mous and side-split­tingly funny, and it has set box of­fice records in al­most ev­ery city it’s played. The Star, 55 Pir­rama Rd, Pyrmont 2009. 02 9509 3600. bookof­mor­mon­mu­si­ $50.80-$278. Un­til Sep 2.


Peter Carey’s Miles Franklin award-win­ning novel about a fallen ad man has been adapted into a suc­cess­ful film and opera and will now be­come a play, penned by Tom Wright and star­ring Toby Truslove, Marco Chi­appi, Amber McMa­hon, Anna Sam­son and Mark Coles Smith. Malt­house Theatre’s artis­tic di­rec­tor Matthew Lut­ton will re­unite with Wright for this sur­real mas­ter­piece af­ter the pair adapted

Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock for the

stage in 2016. Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills 2010. 02 9699 3444. $37-$72. Jun 9-Jul 15.

JULY A Taste of Honey

She­lagh De­laney’s de­but play, writ­ten when she was just 19, made a mas­sive splash when it pre­miered in Lon­don in 1958. It tack­led a wide range of taboos – sex, class, race, sex­u­al­ity – and was turned into a film. But this Belvoir pro­duc­tion, helmed by artis­tic di­rec­tor Ea­mon Flack, will be the first time it’s been seen in Australia in two decades. Genevieve Lemon

stars as the al­co­holic, work­ing­class sin­gle mother at the cen­tre of

the tu­mul­tuous ac­tion. Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills 2010. 02 9699 3444. $37-$72. Jul 21-Aug 19.

The Long For­got­ten Dream

Ngar­rind­jeri writer H Lawrence Sum­ner is mak­ing his Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany de­but with this fam­ily drama about what we leave be­hind. A killer team is bring­ing it to the stage: di­rec­tor Neil Arm­field and ac­tors Wayne Blair, Jada Al­berts and Melissa Jaf­fer. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point 2000. 02 9250 7111. www.syd­ney­op­er­a­ $83-$120. Jul 23-Aug 25.

Dark Emu

Chore­og­ra­pher Stephen Page has been artis­tic di­rec­tor at Ban­garra since 1991. Dark Emu is his 25th work for the com­pany and ex­plores the In­dige­nous re­la­tion­ship with flora and fauna, chal­leng­ing the ‘hunter-gath­erer’ myth of pre-coloni­sa­tion Abo­rig­i­nal Aus­tralians. Chore­og­ra­phy from Ban­garra dancers Yolande Brown and Daniel Ri­ley also fea­tures.

Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point 2000. 02 9250 7111. syd­ney­op­er­a­ $51-$99. Jun 14-Jul 14.

The Almighty Some­times

What hap­pens when a young woman who has been med­i­cated for most of her life de­cides to go off her meds? That’s the sub­ject of this new play by Aus­tralian writer Ken­dall Feaver, which pre­miered to strong re­views in Lon­don ear­lier this year. The lo­cal ver­sion stars Han­nah Water­man and is di­rected by Lee Lewis for Grif­fin Theatre Com­pany. SBW Sta­bles Theatre, 10 Nim­rod St, Dar­linghurst 2010. 02 9361 3817. griffinthe­ $38-$60. Jul 27-Sep 8.

AU­GUST The Harp in the South

This epic two-parter is Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany’s big­gest ticket this year. Adapted by Kate Mul­vany from Ruth Park’s tril­ogy of nov­els set in Surry Hills in the early and mid -20th cen­tury, this pro­duc­tion is di­rected by STC’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, Kip Wil­liams, and has a big, all-star cast, in­clud­ing Tara Morice, He­len Thom­son, Tony Co­gin and Guy Si­mon.

Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hick­son Rd, Walsh Bay 2000. 02 9250 1777. syd­neythe­ $64-$108. Aug 16-Oct 6.

Tilda Swin­ton An­swers an Ad on Craigslist

When you post an ad look­ing for a new room­mate, just about the last per­son you’d ex­pect to show up is the end­lessly ec­cen­tric ac­tor Tilda Swin­ton em­bark­ing on an un­usual char­ac­ter study. This hit Amer­i­can com­edy is hav­ing its Aus­tralian pre­miere di­rected by Shaun Ren­nie ( Rent, The View Up Stairs), star­ring Ben Ger­rard. Kings X Theatre, 2/244–248 Wil­liam St, Potts Point 2011. 02 9331 9900. kingsxthe­ $25-$35. Aug 10-25.

King of Pigs

Steve Rodgers and Blazey Best are both among Syd­ney’s most pop­u­lar ac­tors, but the pair are step­ping into cre­ative roles at the Old Fitz. Penned by Rodgers and di­rected by Best, the play tack­les male ag­gres­sion. Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowl­ing St, Wool­loomooloo 2011. 0416 014 413.­line­pro­duc­ $33-$45. Aug 1-Sep 1.

The Misan­thrope

Molière’s 1666 com­edy of man­ners has been a main­stay of the stage for most of the last four cen­turies and will be fresh­ened up by Justin Flem­ing, who has pre­vi­ously adapted sev­eral of Molière’s comedies for Bell Shake­speare. He’s team­ing up again with the artis­tic di­rec­tor of Grif­fin Theatre Com­pany, Lee Lewis, and Went­worth star Danielle Cor­mack.

Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point 2000. 02 9250 7111. syd­ney­op­er­a­ $30-$85. Aug 28-Sep 28.

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