New Theatre artistic director Louise Fisher has revealed that for its 2015 season the theatre, one of the oldest continuously running in the country, has a new motto: “In 2015, we encourage you to think big and think new.”
Between adventure, passion and drama, the New Theatre will deliver a range of plays next year that are sure to attract a large audience in Newtown.
“Each of the plays are very special to me for many and different reasons: some delight me as wonderfully joyous celebrations of life, others infuriate and sadden me as they hold up mirrors to the darker side of humanity and others give me hope that people can evolve and give something back to the world.”
This year, the theatre will once again showcase talent with a great directorial team that includes Louise Fisher, Alice Livingstone, Frank McNamara, Sam Thomas and Sahn Millington. The New Theatre will also welcome debutants Rachel Chant and NIDA 2014 Directors’ Course graduate David Burrowes.
“I am excited by their passion, intelligence and vision,” said Fisher. “They will bring some wonderful work to the stage.”
Between drama, comedy and musical theatre, two hits from the past will be revisited, Mother Clap’s Molly House, from 10 February to 7 March, directed by Louise Fischer and Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s The Diary of Anne Frank, winner of both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for Best Play, directed by Sam Thomas, from 9 June to 11 July.
Contemporary classics will be revisited with Andrew Bovell’s Australian play When the Rain Stops Falling, directed by Rachel Chant from 17 March to 18 April and Tom Stoppard’s UK classic The Real Thing, directed by Alice Livingstone from 6 October to 7 November.
The New Theatre is also taking a new slant on two classic comedies of manners in Richard Brisley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal, directed by David Burrowes, from 28 April to 30 May, and Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women, directed by Frank McNamara, from 11 August to 12 September.
Finally the New will finish the year with the hilarious home-grown musical treat that is Dinkum Assorted, book, lyrics and music by Linda Aronson and directed by Sahn Millington, from 17 November to 19 December.
Bookings are now open on the New Theatre website.