SEASON 2019 AT ELTHAM LITTLE THEATRE

 
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Hotel Sorrento

February 15 - March 2

Written by: Hannie Rayson
Directed by: Kath Buckingham

Hotel Sorrento exclusively licenced to HLA  Management PTY LTD

An Australian Favourite ! Set in the early 1990s in Australia, Hilary lives in seaside Sorrento with her father and sixteen-year-old son; Pippa is visiting from New York and Meg returns from England with her English husband. Three sisters, reunited after ten years in different worlds, again feel the constraints of family life. It is Meg’s semi-autobiographical novel, recently shortlisted for the Booker prize, which overshadows their homecoming. The Play explores all the issues from the ownership of shared personal narratives to the infamous ‘cultural cringe’.

 

Seussical the Musical

March 29 - April 14

Book By: Lynn Ahrens  and  Steven Flaherty.
Music by: Steve Flaherty
Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens. Co-conceived by Eric Idle

Directed by: Rebecca Fleming
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle, based on the works of Dr Seuss

Seussical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

 

Look back in Anger

July 5 - 20

Written By: John Osborne

Directed by: Drew Mason

An Amateur Production by arrangement with Origin™ Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

Jimmy Porter plays trumpet badly. He browbeats his flatmate, terrorises his wife, and is not above sleeping with her best friend-who loathes Jimmy almost as much as he loathes himself.  Yet this working class Hamlet, the original "Angry Young Man", is one of the most mesmerising characters ever to burst onto a stage; a malevolently vital, volcanically. articulate internal exile in the dreary, dreaming Siberia of postwar England. A realistic portrayal of toxic masculinity and the impacts that irate tirades have on the ones we "love". First produced in 1956, Look Back in Anger launched a revolution in English theatre: stark realism to contrast the previous decades of escapism. Savagely, sadly and always impolitely, it compels audiences to acknowledge the hidden currents of rottenness and rage in what used to be called "the good life".

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

September 20 - October 5

Book by: Ken Kesey

Adapted for the stage by: Dale Wasseman
Directed by: Tess Maurici

By arrangement with Samuel French Pty Ltd

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has left an indelible mark on literature, theatre and film. It is a boisterous, ribald and ultimately devastating story of a mental hospital and its inhabitants. In a world where sanity means conformity and following the rules is the only way to survive, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a powerful exploration of the beauty and the danger of being an original. Playwright Dale Wasserman adapted One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest from the novel by Ken Kesey; the play opened on Broadway in 1963 with Kirk Douglas as McMurphy, Ed Ames as the Chief and Gene Wilder as Billy. After opening on Broadway, The New York Times called the play “scarifying and powerful,” while New York Daily News called it “funny, touching, and exciting.”  In 1975, a film version was released and it was the first film to win Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay since It Happened One Night in 1934. It remains one of only three films to have swept the top five categories at the Oscars.

 

A Knight to Remember

November 14 - 30

Written By: Jane Rothnie
Directed by: Julie Cunningham

Produced with the permission of Maverick Musicals and Plays www.mavmuse.com

A madcap medieval tale of magic and mirth set in a time when men were men and women were women and a knight couldn’t get his armour off! Life revolved around “Hey, Nonny Nonny”, complicated by romance, intrigue and plain dirty deeds. Is Gertrude the Gherkin really a dill ? Can Merlin get anything right ? Can the audience fail to love this show?

2019 Awards Night and Season 2020 Launch

December 6

A special night for members only as we look back at our year and celebrate individual and team excellence. This is also the launch of our 2020 season.

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