There's a bumper year of theatre treats in store for Sydneysiders in 2017.
Sydney's major theatre companies have unveiled stellar 2017 seasons in the past couple of weeks, with a pretty dizzying degree of variety represented. Choice is a wonderful luxury of course, but with so much on offer, it can be tricky to figure out which shows are the must-sees. If you're finding your next ticket purchase a bit of a head-scratcher, don't sweat it: The Music has made that Sophie's choice so you don't have to. Here is a cherry-picked selection of the best and brightest shows gracing Sydney's stages in 2017.
This is a chance to experience a true masterpiece of the theatrical repertoire. Ghosts is a gritty and intense period drama, exploring the bleak consequences of past transgression and the overwhelming power of regret. This production boasts an incredible cast led by one of the great veterans of Australian theatre, Pamela Rabe.
From the British master of farce, this play is riotously funny and yet also manages to weave in elements of thought-provoking intelligence. Ayckbourn's genius is to put plausible characters in ridiculous scenarios, as in this play, where a ragtag and highly dysfunctional family play out their damaged relationships against the backdrop of a supposedly haunted Victorian mansion.
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Pop culture is often the glue that binds out society together, so it makes sense that after the end of the world we'd use those familiar references to reconnect. This surreal musical theatre fantasy imagines a post-apocalyptic world where The Simpsons has become mythology. If that sounds odd, it's because it is, in the best possible way.
This world premiere offers an intriguing perspective on our modern society's technology addiction. When a young girl disappears without a trace, her mother becomes increasingly drawn to the solace of social media. But is this digital world a valuable lifeline or is it loosening her grip on reality?
Australia is country that is both gloriously multi-cultural and yet fiercely patriotic. This award-winning play puts this duality under tension in a sharply observed study of the relationships migrants of varying generations and backgrounds have with Australia.
Muriel Heslop is making her stage debut in the world premiere of this long overdue adaptation. There're some hints in the publicity schpeel that suggest an update from the 1994 original (Twitter followers factor in at some point, apparently), but the bare bones of the story we all know and love are there, including a ton of ABBA. Get tickets pronto, as this is sure to be one of the biggest box office draws of the year.