On Wednesday night, Melbourne Theatre Company Artistic Director Simon Phillips launched the Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2010 Season.

The Australian Premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone, the great hit of the 2006 Broadway Season, starring Geoffrey Rush, Shane Jacobson and Robyn Nevin.

The World Premiere of Hannie Rayson’s The Swimming Club, the engaging tale of a group of friends who spent one glorious summer together in the sun-drenched and fancy-free Greek Islands. Cast includes Caroline Gillmer and John Waters.

The Australian Premiere of J.T. Rogers haunting mystery Madagascar. Sam Strong’s MTC directing debut starring Noni Hazlehurst and Asher Keddie.

The World Premiere of Tony McNamara’s hilarious satire The Grenade, starring Garry McDonald and Genevieve Picot.

A new production of William Shakespeare’s classic Richard III, the story of one of England’s most controversial kings and one of the theatre’s greatest villains. MTC Artistic Director Simon Phillips will direct Jennifer Hagan, Deidre Rubenstein, Alison Whyte, Meredith Penman and the vibrant young Ewen Leslie in his MTC debut as Richard.

Boston Marriage, an American revival by David Mamet. The ultimate parody of social proprieties and collapsed class distinctions, which demonstrates how even sophisticated women of society will stop at nothing to get what they want. Starring Pamela Rabe and directed by MTC Associate Director Aidan Fennessy.

The Australian Premiere of the American comedy smash-hit Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a delightful and romantic fantasy, full of bright insights into the way technology transforms our lives. Directed by MTC Associate Director Peter Evans and starring heart-throb Matt Day.

The Melbourne Premiere of David Williamson’s Let the Sunshine, directed by Queensland Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Michael Gow and starring Jacki Weaver, John Wood, Robert Coleby and Andrea Moor.

The Australian Premiere of Samuel Adamson’s stage adaption of Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-winning film All About My Mother, featuring iconic glamourpuss Wendy Hughes alongside the sensational cabaret diva Paul Capsis.

The World Premiere of Daniel Keene’s MTC debut, Life Without Me, the beguiling tale of a group of people who get stuck in a run down two-star hotel, where the lift doesn’t work, the toast is burnt and the pot plants set off your allergies. Starring some of MTC’s finest character actors: Robert Menzies, Greg Stone, Kerry Walker and Brian Lipson.

Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play Songs For Nobodies, the tale of five anonymous women whose brushes with fame had a profound effect on their lives, interleaved with the songs that gave them heart. A one-woman play showcasing the extraordinary talents of Bernadette Robinson.

Plus a studio production of The Ugly One, German playwright Marius Von Mayenburg’s comic masterpiece, translated by Maja Zade. MTC Associate Director Peter Evans will direct two of Australia’s brightest young actors: Patrick Brammall and Alison Bell.

In 2010 Melbourne Theatre Company productions will appear in four theatres, all located close together in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct in Southbank.

MTC Theatre on Southbank Boulevard will feature five of MTC’s productions in the 500-seat Sumner, while the 150-seat Lawler Studio will house the studio production of The Ugly One.

The MTC’s long association with the Arts Centre continues with the Playhouse hosting three of the larger-scale works, while three more dramas will appear in the Fairfax Studio.


MTC Box Office (03) 8688 0900 or mtc.com.au
Subscriptions on sale from 9pm Wednesday 23 September 2009
Single tickets on sale progressively from 7 December 2009

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