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SEASON

2012

A MESSAGE FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTORS Hello! Nice to see you again. Our Season Ticket Holders are important to us because they know us the best: our exuberant highs and our moody lows; our lovingly interpreted classics and our out-there moments; the favourite and familiar faces, and the newcomers who take their first professional steps on STC stages. After the American influences of our 2010 program and the Euromodern accent of 2011, we found inspiration closer to home for 2012. There are four new Australian works – from the brooding psychological mystery of The Splinter to the acerbic comedy of Jonathan Biggins’ very funny new play Australia Day – as well as two new Australian adaptations. We’ll be reimagining an Ingmar Bergman film for the stage, presenting Sydney’s first chance to see renowned novelist Tim Winton’s work as a playwright, working with physical theatre company Force Majeure, with puppets, and with a couple of randy Scots.

Treading the boards will be some of our finest actors. We’re thrilled Jack Thompson will be returning to the stage to star alongside the ever-fabulous Sandy Gore in Dylan Thomas’ poetic classic Under Milk Wood. Hugo Weaving, Pamela Rabe, Greta Scacchi, Bille Brown, Barry Otto, Alison Whyte, Wendy Hughes, John Gaden, Kerry Fox – a throng of internationally acclaimed Australian actors will be returning to STC. The fiercely talented Jessica Marais plays the feisty Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion and hot up-and-comer Ryan Corr makes his STC debut opposite Jacqueline McKenzie in the intergenerational rom-com Sex with Strangers. We’ve picked the plays – we’d love you to join us in bringing them to life. Hope to see you back in 2012.

ANDREW AND CATE

PS: The General Manager asked us to convey the following important messages! S eason Ticket Holders get first crack at the best seats before sales open to the general public.  nd save up to 20% off regular ticket prices while A doing so. I f you’re a 2011 Season Ticket Holder, you get an exclusive renewal period until 22 October.  nd if you book by 30 November, you could win a trip A to Germany courtesy of our Principal Sponsor Audi. 1

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL SPONSOR, AUDI Around the world, Audi’s affinity with the arts and culture is a direct reflection of our brand values – sophisticated, sporty and progressive. In Australia, we live and breathe these values, and in Sydney Theatre Company we have found a sophisticated partner who shares our love of all things progressive. Through this strong, successful six-year relationship we’ve been able to inspire, surprise and connect with our audiences through performance of the highest level. We are committed to supporting innovative and creative endeavours in Australia and our long history of partnering with quality arts organisations is our way of saying thank you to our supporters and the community here. Congratulations to Andrew and Cate and everyone at the STC for giving us all so many rich opportunities to go to the theatre. We are delighted to have played a part in ensuring that these fine performances continue to engage and excite you all. Enjoy the season ahead.

UWE HAGEN Managing Director Audi Australia

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From the Opera to the Autobahn… Lodge your Season Ticket Booking Form by 30 November 2011 and you’ll automatically go in the draw to win the ultimate cultural experience courtesy of our Principal Sponsor Audi. Fly from Sydney to Frankfurt where you’ll stay at the ultra modern Roomers Hotel for four nights. While you are there you will be treated to an evening at Frankfurt’s historic Alte Oper taking in the sounds of breathtaking solo violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Next stop Recklinghausen for their world renowned arts festival. This is the ultimate pit stop for all culture lovers. With their 2012 line up yet to be announced we have to keep this part of the prize a secret!

Join us&

Drive from Frankfurt to Recklinghausen in a fabulous Audi – coast through the German countryside or take on the fast pace of the German Autobahn! The prize also includes two nights’ accommodation at the nearby Hotel Intercontinental Düsseldorf.

Full terms and conditions at sydneytheatre.com.au/2012. Travel dates 21/5/12 – 27/5/12 NSW Permit Number LTPS/11/07770

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THE BENEFITS OF A SEASON TICKET

BACK STAGE

EXPERIENCES Throughout the year, we offer Season Ticket Holders a number of ways to learn more about our productions, go behind the scenes and meet our artists:

SPECIAL TICKET OFFERS

FLEXIBLE TICKET OPTIONS

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•P  re-Season Briefings – held one week prior to the first preview at The Wharf. • Night with the Actors – held following one performance during each production season. •B  ack Stage Magazine and Email newsletter – sent to all Season Ticket Holders. •W  ebsite – each production has a dedicated page at sydneytheatre.com.au. •B  log – we are now creating specific online content for all of our shows which you can find at blog.sydneytheatre.com.au.

Pick and mix the dates and times that suit your diary! You can choose your own mix of previews, matinees, standard evening performances and Saturday evening performances when putting together your year of theatre. Please note that preview and Saturday evening performances are priced at a flat rate, with no Seniors Card, Concession or Under 30 discount.

& PRE-SALES

DISCOUNTED TICKETS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

We offer you the opportunity to add on special events at discounted prices to your Season Ticket booking. For 2012, you can access discounted prices for Sydney Festival event A History of Everything; an all-new, all-male version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance; the theatrical feast Water, from the UK’s Filter and perennial favourite, The Wharf Revue.

Purchase a Season Ticket and you can pre-book additional seats for 2012 Main Stage productions for family and friends. In order to satisfy all Season Ticket bookings, additional tickets are not available for Les Liaisons Dangereuses on your Booking Form. We will offer 2012 Season Ticket Holders a pre-sale to this production in late November 2011.

Throughout the year, we’ll extend exclusive offers to other events. Ensure you include your mailing and email address on the Booking Form so we can make regular contact with you.

DEFERRED PAYMENT OPTION You can choose to pay half the value of your Season Ticket and additional tickets now, and the remainder in February 2012. Please note that a $10 fee applies to the deferred payment option.

As a Season Ticket Holder, you can save up to 20% off the casual ticket price. If you hold a Seniors Card, concession card or are aged under 30, you’ll save even more. We aim to keep prices in our treasured home venue, The Wharf, as low as possible, while prices at Sydney Theatre and the Drama Theatre will continue to reflect the higher production values and wow-factor you’ve come to expect in these venues. See page 46 of this booklet for a full list of prices. We do not charge a booking or processing fee for Season Ticket bookings.

TICKET

FREE

DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Choose between six and eleven productions in our Main Stage Season, and you’ll enjoy the following benefits as a Sydney Theatre Company Season Ticket Holder.

IF YOU CHOOSE ALL ELEVEN PLAYS

If you choose all eleven plays and we receive your Booking Form by 30 November 2011, you are entitled to a free ticket for a friend to one of your chosen performances, subject to availability.

BENEFITS CARD DISCOUNTED PROGRAM Each Season Ticket Holder is issued with a personalised Sydney Theatre Company Benefits Card, which enables you to take advantage of special benefits and discounts from a selection of our friends and partners. Offers include discounted parking and accommodation deals. You will receive your Benefits Card with your Season Tickets.

FREE TICKET EXCHANGE

VOUCHERS

When you purchase a Season Ticket, you have the opportunity to pre-purchase discount vouchers for our informative production programs.

THE BEST AVAILABLE

SEATS Many of our performances sell out before tickets are released for general sale on 1 December 2011 (Never Did Me Any Harm on 9 November 2011). Secure seats to our most popular shows by purchasing a Season Ticket. If you held a 2011 Season Ticket, we offer an exclusive renewal period until Friday 21 October 2011. Return your personalised Booking Form by this date to ensure first access to the best seats available. New Season Ticket applications are processed after this, in strict order of receipt. If you simply must have the best seat in the house, we also offer Premium Reserve seats in Sydney Theatre (excluding preview and Wednesday matinee performances).

Should your plans change during the year, you can swap your tickets free of charge for another performance (of the same production) if seats are available. Please note that your first exchange per production is free of charge, and subsequent exchanges incur an $8 fee. Tickets for exchange must be returned to the STC Box Office no later than 24 hours in advance of your original performance date and cannot be exchanged on the day. 5

THE SEASON NEVER DID ME ANY HARM DEVISED BY FORCE MAJEURE DIRECTED BY KATE CHAMPION

WHARF 1 THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON FROM THE NOVEL BY CHODERLOS DE LACLOS DIRECTED BY SAM STRONG

WHARF 1 THEATRE

6 JAN 2012

PREVIEWS FROM

11 JAN – 12 FEB 2012

SEASON

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We team up with Kate Champion’s acclaimed Force Majeure to present a new dance-theatre work exploring the myriad of issues facing parents today.

PYGMALION BY GEORGE BERNARD SHAW DIRECTED BY PETER EVANS

SYDNEY THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

31 JAN 2012 SEASON

4 FEB – 3 MAR 2012 Jessica Marais plays the iconic Eliza Doolittle in Peter Evans’ bold new production of George Bernard Shaw’s enduring classic of wicked wordplay.

MIDSUMMER

(A PLAY WITH SONGS) BY DAVID GREIG AND GORDON MCINTYRE DIRECTED BY DAVID GREIG

DRAMA THEATRE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PREVIEWS FROM

1 FEB 2012 SEASON

6 FEB – 10 MAR 2012 A festival hit from Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, this rough and tumble romantic comedy features an ill-advised love match, 25 grand in hot cash and a wonderfully wry soundtrack.

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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES 31 MAR 2012 5 APR – 9 JUN 2012

Two of Australia’s most respected actors, Pamela Rabe and Hugo Weaving, play the deliciously deviant Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont. Unmissable.

UNDER MILK WOOD A PLAY WITH VOICES BY DYLAN THOMAS DIRECTED BY ANDREW UPTON

DRAMA THEATRE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PREVIEWS FROM

THE HISTRIONIC (DER THEATHERMACHER) BY THOMAS BERNHARD TRANSLATED BY TOM WRIGHT DIRECTED BY DANIEL SCHLUSSER

WHARF 1 THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

15 JUN 2012 SEASON

20 JUN – 28 JUL 2012 Bille Brown lets rip as Bruscon, a once-fêted star of the stage who has taken a spectacular fall from grace and is now performing in a backwater pub run by Barry Otto’s Landlord.

FACE TO FACE

A FILM BY INGMAR BERGMAN ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY ANDREW UPTON AND SIMON STONE DIRECTED BY SIMON STONE

SYDNEY THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

7 AUG 2012

22 MAY 2012

SEASON

26 MAY – 7 JUL 2012

Rising theatre star Simon Stone directs a new adaptation for the stage of the classic Ingmar Bergman film with a phenomenal ensemble cast led by Kerry Fox, John Gaden and Wendy Hughes.

SEASON

Dylan Thomas’ beautifully poetic radio-turned-stage-play will reverberate through the Drama Theatre at Sydney Opera House, soaring on the magnetic and melodic voices of Sandy Gore and Jack Thomspon.

11 AUG – 8 SEP 2012

THE SPLINTER BY HILARY BELL DIRECTED BY SARAH GOODES

WHARF 1 THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

10 AUG 2012 SEASON

15 AUG – 15 SEP 2012 A gripping new psychological thriller from Australian playwright Hilary Bell is realised in a visually rich, image-based production.

SPECIAL TICKET OFFERS AUSTRALIA DAY BY JONATHAN BIGGINS DIRECTED BY RICHARD COTTRELL

DRAMA THEATRE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PREVIEWS FROM

7 SEP 2012 SEASON

12 SEP – 27 OCT 2012 Inspired by his own experiences as an Australia Day ambassador, Jonathan Biggins’ wickedly funny new play questions our national identity… whatever that is.

SEX WITH STRANGERS

BY LAURA EASON DIRECTED BY JOCELYN MOORHOUSE

WHARF 1 THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

24 SEP 2012 SEASON

28 SEP – 24 NOV 2012 Jacqueline McKenzie returns to STC in this intergenerational love story which went viral after premiering at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.

SIGNS OF LIFE BY TIM WINTON DIRECTED BY KATE CHERRY

DRAMA THEATRE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PREVIEWS FROM

A HISTORY OF EVERYTHING

TEXT BY ALEXANDER DEVRIENDT, JOERI SMET IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CAST, AND WITH FRAGMENTS OF SUM BY DAVID EAGLEMAN DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER DEVRIENDT

WHARF 2 THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

13 JAN 2012 SEASON

17 JAN – 5 FEB 2012 Brilliant Belgian theatre makers Ontroerend Goed and our very own Residents attempt to reach the vastness of the ungraspable, astronomical history of our world and universe. In an hour and a half.

WATER

CREATED BY FILTER AND DAVID FARR WITH VIDEO FROM RADIOHEAD’S LIVE PERFORMANCE DESIGNER ANDI WATSON DIRECTED BY DAVID FARR

SYDNEY THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

12 SEP 2012 SEASON

13 – 23 SEP 2012 London-based company Filter join forces with the director David Farr, who brought us Metamorphosis in 2009, and Radiohead’s live performance designer Andi Watson to create an extraordinary theatrical experience.

THE WHARF REVUE 2012

WRITTEN AND CREATED BY JONATHAN BIGGINS, DREW FORSYTHE AND PHILLIP SCOTT

WHARF 2 & 1 THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

1 NOV 2012 SEASON

2 – 25 NOV 2012 (WHARF 2 THEATRE) 27 NOV – 22 DEC 2012 (WHARF 1 THEATRE) Sydney’s favourite night out returns for another year in 2012. Nothing and no one will be spared – and that’s just the way we like it. SASHA REGAN’S

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE BY WS GILBERT AND A SULLIVAN DIRECTED BY SASHA REGAN

SYDNEY THEATRE PREVIEWS FROM

8 NOV 2012 SEASON

10 – 24 NOV 2012 An exquisitely funny and entirely fresh take on the most popular and enduring Gilbert & Sullivan work, The Pirates of Penzance is a must-see for lovers of all things musical, comedy and high-camp!

2 NOV 2012 SEASON

7 NOV – 22 DEC 2012 We join forces with Perth’s Black Swan State Theatre Company to present the second play by acclaimed writer Tim Winton, featuring a cast led by Greta Scacchi.

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NEVER DID ME ANY HARM DEVISED BY FORCE MAJEURE

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SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, FORCE MAJEURE AND SYDNEY FESTIVAL PRESENT

NEVER DID ME ANY HARM DEVISED BY FORCE MAJEURE

Our first show of 2012 is the result of a bountiful collaboration with our friends at physical theatre company Force Majeure. Over the past few decades the word ‘parenting’ has crept insidiously, almost imperceptibly, into our vernacular bringing with it increasing anxiety around issues of raising children. Is the pressure to get it right overwhelming us? And what is ‘good parenting’ anyway? Are children today given too much choice? Too few boundaries? Less chance to take risks? Are they protected from notions of failure? Sexualised too young? Drawing inspiration from Christos Tsiolkas’ best-selling novel The Slap, Force Majeure’s Artistic Director Kate Champion and her company interviewed people of all ages and backgrounds to garner their views on the subject of parenting. In a familiar, yet disconcertingly Lynchian, Aussie backyard seven actors and dancers create a myriad of familiar characters from the verbatim text that they collected. Director and choreographer Kate Champion (Not in a Million Years, The Age I’m In) is known for making work that transforms the familiar and domestic into the poetic. We’re thrilled to have joined forces with her award-winning company to present Never Did Me Any Harm in collaboration with long-term partner of both companies, Sydney Festival.

MARTA DUSSELDORP

HEATHER MITCHELL

DIRECTOR

WITH

KATE CHAMPION SET & LIGHTING DESIGNER

GEOFF COBHAM

COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER

MAX LYANDVERT DRAMATURG

ANDREW UPTON ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

ROZ HERVEY

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

KRISTINA CHAN VINCENT CROWLEY MARTA DUSSELDORP ALAN FLOWER SARAH JAYNE HOWARD KIRSTIE MCCRACKEN HEATHER MITCHELL JOSH MU

GEORDIE BROOKMAN

“Is this really contemporary dance? Is it really theatre? Does it matter? It’s Kate Champion’s Force Majeure and it’s brilliant” stagenoise This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival. Force Majeure is assisted by the Australia Government through the Australia Council and Arts NSW.

Photo by Tim Richardson

6 JAN – 12 FEB 2012 1HR

NO INTERVAL

WHARF 1 THEATRE

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SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

PYGMALION BY GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

In one of the great transformative tales of all time, a feral young flower seller glimpses an opportunity to elevate herself in society and boldly snatches at it, naïve to the potential cost of doing so. It’s a decision that sees the now iconic character Eliza Doolittle transported into the aristocratic world of one Professor Henry Higgins, where she becomes the subject of a wager between the phonetics expert and his friend Colonel Pickering. Higgins bets that within six months he can turn the wild, cockney Eliza into a lady so refined she could pass for a duchess. It’s a matter of professional pride and intellectual curiosity for Higgins. For Eliza it is a matter of infinitely more complexity. Taking its name from the Greek myth about the sculptor who fell in love with his statue, George Bernard Shaw’s enduringly popular play Pygmalion has in turn inspired interpretations as diverse as My Fair Lady, Educating Rita and the eighties’ Hollywood flick Pretty Woman. Shaw’s story is one of rags to relative riches but his Eliza is no Cinderella and Higgins is certainly no Prince Charming. In Peter Evans’ new production the vivacious Jessica Marais will play the original feisty flower-girl.

JESSICA MARAIS

KIM GYNGELL

DIRECTOR

WITH

PETER EVANS SET DESIGNER

ROBERT COUSINS COSTUME DESIGNER

MEL PAGE

LIGHTING DESIGNER

DAMIEN COOPER

VANESSA DOWNING KIM GYNGELL WENDY HUGHES DEBORAH KENNEDY JESSICA MARAIS DAVID WOODS

COMPOSER

ALAN JOHN SOUND DESIGNER

STEVE FRANCIS DRAMATURG

TOBY SCHMITZ

“There’s lots of women has to make their husbands drunk to make them fit to live with” – Eliza

Illustration by Edwina White MEDIA PARTNER

31 JAN – 3 MAR 2012 3HRS

INCLUDING INTERVAL

SYDNEY THEATRE

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SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, MERRIGONG THEATRE CO AND RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS PRESENT THE TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION OF

MIDSUMMER (A PLAY WITH SONGS) BY DAVID GREIG AND GORDON MCINTYRE

It’s midsummer in Edinburgh. And, of course, it’s raining. Helena, a divorce lawyer, and Bob, a petty criminal, were strangers until only a few hours ago. Now they stumble to Helena’s apartment where they share a drunken but surprisingly enjoyable one night stand. Then they say goodbye. After all, these two romantic failures agree that ‘love is just another word for need’. The Berocca has yet to kick in when chance reunites the two and, through the hangover haze, they make the wildly impulsive decision to spend the 25 grand of hot cash that Bob is en route to deliver to a low-level gangster. So begins the legendary lost weekend; a joyous 24-hour spending spree that sends Bob and Helena spinning through the soggy city. As they roam the familiar streets the unlikely pair discovers that even the most committed solitaries have the potential to change direction. A hit at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, this romantic comedy with songs was created for the Traverse Theatre by playwright David Greig and Gordon McIntyre of indie folk-rock group Ballboy. With more than a dollop of Scottish toughness, Midsummer (a play with songs) is an ocean away from the shimmering Hollywood rom-coms that have skewed Helena’s ideas about love. These characters are real and watching them break the shackles of everyday life with a reckless act of rebellion is both liberating and uplifting.

CORA BISSETT

MATTHEW PIDGEON

DIRECTOR

WITH

DAVID GREIG SONGWRITER

GORDON MCINTYRE

CORA BISSETT MATTHEW PIDGEON

DESIGNER

GEORGIA MCGUINNESS LIGHTING DESIGNER

CLAIRE ELLIOT DRAMATURG

KATHERINE MENDELSOHN

“**** A warm-hearted, beautifully sculpted musical romantic comedy” The Scotsman “**** Fragile and funny, but never just cute… has a good head on its shoulders as well as a huge heart at its centre” The Guardian Illustration by Collider

1 FEB – 10 MAR 2012 1HR 45MINS NO INTERVAL

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

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DRAMA THEATRE, SOH

WARNING! CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MATERIAL. RECOMMENDED FOR AUDIENCES AGED 16+

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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON FROM THE NOVEL BY CHODERLOS DE LACLOS

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON

FROM THE NOVEL BY CHODERLOS DE LACLOS

FROM THE NOVEL BY CHODERLOS DE LACLOS

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LES LIAISONS

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY AND UBS INVESTMENT BANK PRESENT

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON FROM THE NOVEL BY CHODERLOS DE LACLOS

Unaware of the impending revolution that breathlessly waits to devour the French aristocracy in all its decadence, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont plot an elaborate game of revenge, seduction, humiliation and cruelty. It is a salon amusement that soon escalates into a brutal battle between former lovers. Sex and love are the weapons of choice and these combatants will stoop to the lowest levels of deviousness in order to win. Their crossfire is indiscriminate, making casualties of friends and foes alike. Hugo Weaving and Pamela Rabe will play the charismatic duo who manipulate with the precision and discipline of master puppeteers, deriving a pleasure from their spite that can only be surpassed by the pleasure of watching the deliciously wicked pair in action. The sexual politics at work in this gripping drama are as relevant now as when Laclos wrote the novel in 1782 and when Christopher Hampton adapted it for the stage in 1985. Avoiding the lavish clichés often associated with the period, this new production directed by Griffin Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Sam Strong, will acid-wash a familiar story, stripping it back to its essential layers in the intimacy of the Wharf 1 Theatre.

PAMELA RABE

HUGO WEAVING

DIRECTOR

WITH

SAM STRONG SET DESIGNER

DALE FERGUSON COSTUME DESIGNER

MEL PAGE

LIGHTING DESIGNER

JUSTINE CLARKE JANE HARDERS HEATHER MITCHELL PAMELA RABE HUGO WEAVING

HARTLEY T A KEMP COMPOSER

ALAN JOHN SOUND DESIGNER

STEVE FRANCIS

“Only flirt with those you intend to refuse: then you acquire a reputation for invincibility, whilst slipping safely away with the lover of your choice” – Merteuil

Video stills by Sam Taylor-Wood Still Life, 2001 35mm film/DVD Duration: 3 minutes 44 seconds © the artist Courtesy White Cube

PRESENTING SPONSOR

31 MAR – 9 JUN 2012 2HRS 40MINS INCLUDING INTERVAL

MEDIA PARTNER

WHARF 1 THEATRE

WARNING! CONTAINS SEXUAL REFERENCES AND MILD VIOLENCE

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A play with voices

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By Dylan Thomas

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

UNDER MILK WOOD A PLAY WITH VOICES BY DYLAN THOMAS

A chorus of voices beckons us into the small Welsh town Llareggub, through streets, houses, bedrooms and on into the townspeople’s dreams. Borne along by beautiful voices and rich musical language, we follow the residents as they wake, rise, go about their day then drink and prepare to dream again. Through sketches and caricatures we glimpse moments in the life of the small town. We meet Mr Pugh who fantasises about poisoning his poisonous wife; Captain Cat who hears the voice of his dead love whenever he shuts his eyes; Willy Nilly the nosy local postman; Mr Dai Bread and his two wives; the lovely school teacher, Miss Gossamer, who longingly watches Sinbad the Sailor; and Mr Beyon, a butcher who mercilessly teases his wife about the origins of his choice cuts. An elegy for a time past, Dylan Thomas’ exquisite play for voices was written to prove that there could still be beauty in a post-nuclear world. Like Wilder’s Our Town, Under Milk Wood is a warming celebration of humanity that also casts a cool eye on failed relationships, thwarted lives and the oppressive clutter of small town existence. With a cast of entrancing voices – headed by Jack Thompson in the role Dylan Thomas imagined for himself but never got a chance to play – Andrew Upton’s production of Under Milk Wood really is for lovers of language.

SANDY GORE

JACK THOMPSON

DIRECTOR

WITH

ANDREW UPTON

DREW FORSYTHE SANDY GORE JACK THOMPSON HELEN THOMSON

SET DESIGNER

ROBERT COUSINS COMPOSER

ALAN JOHN ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

KIP WILLIAMS

“I will warm the sheets like an electric toaster, I will lie by your side like the Sunday roast” – Mr Edwards

Illustration by Jonathan Zawada

22 MAY – 7 JUL 2012 1HR 40MINS NO INTERVAL

DRAMA THEATRE, SOH

WARNING! MILD SEXUAL REFERENCES

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SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY AND MALTHOUSE THEATRE PRESENT

THE HISTRIONIC (DER THEATERMACHER) BY THOMAS BERNHARD TRANSLATED BY TOM WRIGHT

Utzbach. A town with 280 human inhabitants, a pig population of slightly more and a pubcum-theatre named The Black Hart. It’s a venue that could not be more different to the glittering Gaspoltshofen where Bruscon – an actor often described (by himself) as a national treasure – once performed to an adoring audience of 830. Utzbach represents a terrible low in Bruscon’s career but, ever the consummate professional, he is determined that the show he is touring to this cultural backwater will go on. Preparing this dump for his theatrical extravaganza is a piece of theatre in itself. As a mighty storm gathers overhead, the petty tyrant issues directions to his family-cum-cast. With the Landlord, the Fire Chief, the pigs, the troupe, the town and even the elements conspiring against him, making it to the curtain call could be the greatest challenge Bruscon has ever faced. Thomas Bernhard is one of Europe’s most revered authors and we have long been plotting to bring one of his works to our stage. The perfect opportunity presented itself when Melbourne director Daniel Schlusser met Bille Brown and realised that this great man of the theatre was ripe for the role of Bruscon. The play is a gift to an Olympian like Bille: an opportunity to travel at full throttle through monologues that are laden with both comedy and tragedy. The Landlord, whose efforts to assist preparations for the show are passively antagonistic, will be played by a worthy adversary: Barry Otto.

BILLE BROWN

BARRY OTTO

DIRECTOR

WITH

DANIEL SCHLUSSER DESIGNER

MARG HORWELL LIGHTING DESIGNER

PAUL JACKSON COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER

BILLE BROWN BARRY OTTO JOSH PRICE JENNIFER VULETIC EDWINA WREN

DARRIN VERHAGEN

“Even when I was small A man born of the stage you see Histrionic Setting snares even very early in life…” – Bruscon

Painting by Ben Quilty

15 JUN – 28 JUL 2012 1HR 40MINS NO INTERVAL

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SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

FACE TO FACE A FILM BY INGMAR BERGMAN ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY ANDREW UPTON & SIMON STONE Something is wrong with Jenny but not even she can understand what. She is a woman with both a family and a brilliant career as a psychiatrist. She is intelligent, educated, well adjusted and capable. So, why can’t she sleep at night? And why is it that when she does she is plagued by vivid, terrifying dreams? When something violent and disturbing happens, Jenny finds her response even more alarming than the incident itself. Shaken to the core, she realises that she has ceased to feel anything: no love, no joy, no fear. And so begins Jenny’s gradual disintegration and a psychological journey through dreams, the past and eventually the present. Simon Stone and Andrew Upton’s adaptation of the Ingmar Bergman film preserves the tonal, thematic and psychological textures of the original, while drawing out the epic theatrical possibilities that the screenplay offers. Face to Face is, like so many of Bergman’s texts, a masterpiece of Freudian theory and is utterly exquisite in the way it explores the human struggle to find hope in despair. As a director, Stone has been lauded and awarded for his emotionally rich adaptations of Ibsen plays. Now he tackles Bergman, another great Scandinavian writer whose drama – like Ibsen’s – grapples with human crisis in an incredibly blunt and noble way. Kerry Fox returns to STC to play the extraordinarily complex character of Jenny. ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

KERRY FOX

JOHN GADEN

DIRECTOR

WITH

SIMON STONE NICK SCHLIEPER COSTUME DESIGNER

ALICE BABIDGE COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER

STEFAN GREGORY DRAMATURG

TOM WRIGHT

“Life, Love and Death… nothing in fact is more important. To occupy oneself with. To think of. To worry over. To be happy about. And so on.” Ingmar Bergman, in a letter to the cast and crew of Face to Face

Illustration by Jenny Grigg

7 AUG – 8 SEP 2012 2HRS 30MINS INCLUDING INTERVAL

MEDIA PARTNER

KERRY FOX JOHN GADEN WENDY HUGHES

SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNER

SYDNEY THEATRE

WARNING! CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL THEMES

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by Hilary Bell

by Hilary Bell

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SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

THE SPLINTER BY HILARY BELL

A mother and father celebrate. They thought they would never be happy again but today the best thing imaginable has happened: Eliza has returned. Abducted from her bed as they slept, Eliza has been missing for nine long months. Months during which the couple’s days were filled with grief and an ever-present absence. Now she is home and neither parent cares that the little girl’s return is as mysterious as her disappearance. That is until they begin to notice that she has changed: her face is puffy from exposure, she is taller, bigger, never throws tantrums and, most troublingly of all, refuses to speak. Unable to sleep at night, the man sits up watching his daughter. As he gazes down on her peaceful body, a splinter of doubt lodges in his mind. Is the girl lying in the bed really Eliza? If not, who is this usurper? And what have they done with Eliza? Inspired by the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Snow Queen and real life stories of abducted children, this new work by Australian playwright Hilary Bell is an emotional thriller about all consuming obsession, grief, childhood and identity. Director Sarah Goodes and Puppetry/Movement Director Alice Osborne will create a visually rich, image-based production. Firmly anchoring the show in psychological realism are Erik Thomson and Helen Thomson who play the grieving parents.

ERIK THOMSON

HELEN THOMSON

DIRECTOR

WITH

SARAH GOODES PUPPETRY AND MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

ALICE OSBORNE DESIGNER

LUCIA MASTRANTONE ERIK THOMSON HELEN THOMSON

RENEE MULDER LIGHTING DESIGNER

DAMIEN COOPER

“It’s not perfect, we’re not how we were, there’s damage and compromise and things we still can’t bring ourselves to look at. But as long as you doubt her, we’ll never have her back” – Mother

Illustration by Kareena Zerefos

10 AUG – 15 SEP 2012 1HR 10MINS NO INTERVAL

WHARF 1 THEATRE

WARNING! CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

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Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins

Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins

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SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY AND ALLENS ARTHUR ROBINSON PRESENT

AUSTRALIA DAY BY JONATHAN BIGGINS

Australia Day: A day off work, an excuse to fire up the barbeque, an opportunity to drink copious amounts of beer and, most importantly, a celebration of our national identity… whatever that is. For the members of the Australia Day committee in the small country town of Coriole, the issue of cultural identity is prickly to say the least. If they could agree on what kind of Australia they are celebrating, they might be able to tackle the really big questions: Does a sausage sizzle code as monocultural? And should the special needs kids be forced to perform their dance routine on the national day? Suffice to say that with a committee comprising of an ambitious Liberal Mayor, a Greens Councillor, a bigoted builder, an Australian-born Vietnamese school teacher and a member of the CWA, rolling out the Australia Day celebrations will be as complex and controversial as carbon pricing. This wickedly funny new play from stalwart of political satire, Jonathan Biggins, was inspired by his own experiences as an Australia Day Ambassador, and will be realised by the comic genius of veteran director, Richard Cottrell.

GEOFF MORRELL

ALISON WHYTE

DIRECTOR

WITH

RICHARD COTTRELL DESIGNER

RICHARD ROBERTS

VALERIE BADER DAVID JAMES GEOFF MORRELL ALISON WHYTE

“It’s a sausage sizzle, Robert!” – Marie

“Not any more, it’s not. It’s a legal minefield, that’s what it is”

In a period when political correctness has overwhelmed us, Biggins’ fearlessness is refreshing, but even when he is pointing out our ugliest features he does so with affection and quintessentially Aussie good humour.

– Robert

Illustration by Alan Moir PRESENTING SPONSOR

7 SEP – 27 OCT 2012 2HRS

INCLUDING INTERVAL ASSOCIATE SPONSORS

DRAMA THEATRE, SOH

WARNING! CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

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By Laura Eason

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SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

SEX WITH STRANGERS BY LAURA EASON

Meet Olivia. She’s your typical literary type: bookish, private and deeply disinterested in technology. With a failed novel behind her and an almost complete manuscript in front of her, this thirty-something is having a crisis of confidence. Enter Ethan Strange. He’s a Gen Y blogger who has topped the New York Times Best Seller list with his book Sex With Strangers, a conquest by conquest chronicle of his year on the singles scene. His bank account is brimming but even Ethan knows his writing is empty.

RYAN CORR

JACQUELINE MCKENZIE

DIRECTOR

WITH

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE

Despite not being a match that e-Harmony would make, when Ethan and Olivia meet they instantly click. But it’s not long before their online life threatens to destroy their real-life connection. If theatre can go viral, that is certainly what happened when this topical comedy premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2011… and you don’t need a Facebook page to understand why. The title might suggest a bawdy romp, but Sex With Strangers is an extremely tender intergenerational love story. Playwright Laura Eason pits books against blogs to ask who we are in the digital age, how much we should share online and if our addiction to technology is turning us into twits.

RYAN CORR JACQUELINE MCKENZIE

“wry, wise and wonderfully humorous” Chicago Examiner “an uncommonly satisfying two-person dramedy about relationships in the iAge” Variety

Jocelyn Moorhouse, best known for her work in film, will direct STC newcomer Ryan Corr alongside Jacqueline McKenzie. Image by Collider ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

SEX WITH STRANGERS WAS DEVELOPED AND FIRST PRODUCED BY STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY

24 SEP – 24 NOV 2012 2HRS

INCLUDING INTERVAL MEDIA PARTNER

WHARF 1 THEATRE

WARNING! CONTAINS SEXUAL REFERENCES AND STRONG LANGUAGE

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SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, BLACK SWAN STATE THEATRE COMPANY AND COMMONWEALTH BANK PRESENT

SIGNS OF LIFE BY TIM WINTON

On a farm that has been parched by a drought of apocalyptic severity, Georgie, a white woman in her fifties, lives alone quietly contemplating her solitude. One evening, the silence of the expansive, isolated property is broken by the sound of a car spluttering to a stop. An Aboriginal man and woman come to the door for help and reluctantly Georgie allows them into her house. Recently widowed, Georgie is not looking for company. She wants to be alone to mull over her future but her mysterious guests, Mona and Bender, demonstrate an inexplicable reluctance to oblige her. Author Tim Winton is a household name on account of a succession of celebrated novels but has only very recently turned his attention to writing for the stage. Signs of Life is Winton’s second stage play and marks a continuation of the creative partnership he has forged with Kate Cherry, Artistic Director of Perth’s Black Swan State Theatre Company. Winton’s dramatic writing has a great deal in common with his prose, stylistically and thematically. Echoing elements of Dirt Music and Cloudstreet, Signs of Life is a work of magical realism where the dead speak with and watch over the living. Gently paced and deeply searching, this delicate new work for the stage is as evocatively atmospheric as any of the author’s novels.

GRETA SCACCHI

PAULINE WHYMAN

DIRECTOR

WITH

KATE CHERRY

GRETA SCACCHI GEORGE SHEVTSOV PAULINE WHYMAN

DESIGNER

ZOE ATKINSON LIGHTING DESIGNER

JON BUSWELL

“Well, yes, he was different. And maybe he was a weirdo, but he was my weirdo. His mother, well, she was a nature nut, father some kind of spiritual nut. They were…well, they were mixed nuts” – Georgie

Photo supplied by Corbis Images Australia

2 NOV – 22 DEC 2012 1HR 40MINS

PRESENTING SPONSOR

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

INCLUDING INTERVAL

DRAMA THEATRE, SOH

WARNING! CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

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SPECIAL TICKET OFFERS

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a history of everything Text by Alexander Devriendt, Joeri Smet in collaboration with the cast, and with fragments of Sum by David Eagleman

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SPECIAL TICKET OFFER

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY AND ONTROEREND GOED IN ASSOCIATION WITH SYDNEY FESTIVAL PRESENT

A HISTORY OF EVERYTHING TEXT BY ALEXANDER DEVRIENDT, JOERI SMET IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CAST, AND WITH FRAGMENTS OF SUM BY DAVID EAGLEMAN

DIRECTOR

ALEXANDER DEVRIENDT DESIGNER

SOPHIE DE SOMERE WITH

CAMERON GOODALL CHARLOTTE DE BRUYNE JOERI SMET KAROLIEN DE BLESER NATHALIE VERBEKE TAHKI SAUL ZINDZI OKENYO

“The Belgian theatre experimentalists Ontroerend Goed keep reinventing themselves… Their enthusiasm and energy are like a tonic to jaded festival-goers” The Times “When it comes to telling stories in unusual ways, Belgium’s Ontroerend Goed is ahead of the pack” Scotland on Sunday

When we first encountered the brilliant Belgian theatre makers Ontroerend Goed at Sydney Festival in 2008 we were inspired to initiate a connection with the ingenious collective. We began by presenting the adolescent anarchy that is their astounding show, Once And For All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up And Listen… before embarking on an ambitious collaborative venture with company members from both STC’s The Residents and Ontroerend Goed. In 2012, this show will finally come to fruition, premiering here at The Wharf as part of Sydney Festival before departing on a European world tour.

A History of Everything is just that. It is a history of everything from the big bang up until today. Under the direction of Ontroerend Goed Artistic Director, Alexander Devriendt, the ensemble will try to reach the vastness of the ungraspable, astronomical history of our world and universe, from their own very personal point of view. By exploring the expansive and enormous timeline that precedes us – and will succeed us – this production invites you to treasure your place in the history of everything.

Photo by James Green

ONTROEREND GOED

13 JAN – 5 FEB 2012 1HR 30MINS NO INTERVAL

PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH STADSSCHOUWBURG AMSTERDAM, DRUM THEATRE PLYMOUTH AND RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS LTD

WHARF 2 THEATRE

WARNING! CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MATERIAL

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WATER CREATED BY FILTER AND DAVID FARR W ITH VIDEO FROM RADIOHEAD’S LIVE PERFORMANCE DESIGNER ANDI WATSON

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SPECIAL TICKET OFFER

SYDNEY THEATRE PRESENTS A FILTER AND LYRIC HAMMERSMITH CO-PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

WATER CREATED BY FILTER AND DAVID FARR

DIRECTOR

DAVID FARR MUSIC

TIM PHILLIPS SET AND COSTUME DESIGN

JON BAUSOR VIDEO

“****Work that dazzles the eye, enchants the ear, and stimulates both the mind and heart” The Daily Telegraph (UK)

ANDI WATSON LIGHTING

JON CLARK

When one of Britain’s most innovative new theatre companies, Filter, joined forces with David Farr, the director who brought us Metamorphosis in 2009, and Radiohead’s Live Performance Designer, Andi Watson, the result was Water; a vastly ambitious, visually arresting theatrical experience. Spanning 26 years, two generations and two continents, Water masterfully weaves parallel personal narratives into one dreamlike whole. A British government negotiator battles to unite a G8 summit on a carbon emissions deal while her neglected boyfriend turns his attention to beating the world record for cave diving. Two estranged half-brothers reunite to commemorate their dead father but quickly become embroiled in a bitter tug-of-war over his scientific legacy.

“An impressively intelligent and sensitive piece” The Independent on Sunday

Intercutting these powerful individual stories, Water explores man’s desire to push himself to the limits in an increasingly unstable world and asks whether people’s inability to connect on a personal level could have potentially catastrophic repercussions on a global scale. Filter use visual and sonic storytelling techniques to create a show of cinematic scale. Domestic scenes are interspersed with slow, majestic movement and music pieces, while video and sound are mixed live on stage to create theatre with thrillingly unique ‘live chemistry’.

Photo by Simon Kane

12 – 23 SEP 2012 1HR 25MINS NO INTERVAL

SYDNEY THEATRE

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SPECIAL TICKET OFFER

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

THE WHARF REVUE 2012 WRITTEN AND CREATED BY JONATHAN BIGGINS, DREW FORSYTHE AND PHILLIP SCOTT

WITH

JONATHAN BIGGINS DREW FORSYTHE PHILLIP SCOTT MUSICAL DIRECTOR

PHILLIP SCOTT

“**** The Wharf Revue always arrives like a welcome tonic… a thoroughly entertaining serve of priceless satire” The Sunday Telegraph “a satiric force to be reckoned with” The Sydney Morning Herald

The talented trio behind The Wharf Revue – Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott – will return in 2012 to take another comic swipe at the politics and popular culture dominating the Australian landscape. Nothing and no one will be spared – and that’s just the way we like it. Featuring a cast of familiar characters and set to a boisterous score, a night with The Wharf Revue boys is a guaranteed lark.

On 31 October 2012, we’ll be holding The Pier Group Wharf Revue Gala – a special fundraising performance of The Wharf Revue to raise funds for STC’s Patrick White Playwrights’ Award. Tickets are $75, and include a drink on arrival, an exclusive preview performance and a postperformance celebration with The Pier Group and The Wharf Revue team. Tickets for the Gala can be purchased on your Season Ticket Booking Form.

Get in early and snap up your tickets to Sydney’s favourite night out.

Photos by Tracey Schramm Illustration by Collider

1 – 25 NOV 2012 | WHARF 2 ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

27 NOV – 22 DEC 2012 | WHARF 1 1HR 30MINS NO INTERVAL

WHARF 2 & 1 THEATRES

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SPECIAL TICKET OFFER

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS A REGAN DE WYNTER PRODUCTION

SASHA REGAN’S THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE BY W.S. GILBERT & A. SULLIVAN

DIRECTOR

SASHA REGAN CHOREOGRAPHER

LIZZI GEE

MUSICAL SUPERVISOR

MICHAEL ENGLAND MUSICAL DIRECTOR

CHRISTOPHER MUNDY DESIGNER

ROBYN WILSON OWEN LIGHTING DESIGNER

STEVE MILLER

“As brilliant and heretical as Matthew Bourne’s vision of Swan Lake… hits that perfect tone between silliness and sentimentality that this delightful operetta warrants. Pure joy” What’s On Stage, London

On December 10th, 1879, Arthur Sullivan wrote a letter to his mother about a new opera, upon which he was hard at work in New York. “I think that it will be a great success, for it is exquisitely funny and the music is strikingly tuneful.”

In 2010, Sasha Regan’s extraordinary all-male production of The Pirates of Penzance became a huge hit when it transferred from the tiny Union Theatre to Wilton’s Music Hall, London and was named Best Off-West End Production at The What’s On Stage Awards.

True enough, The Pirates of Penzance was an immediate hit and takes its place today as one of the most popular and enduring pieces of Gilbert & Sullivan’s work.

This irreverently funny and entirely fresh take on The Pirates of Penzance is a must-see for lovers of all things musical, comedic and high-camp!

Photo of London cast by Kay Young

8 – 24 NOV 2012 2HRS

INCLUDING INTERVAL

SYDNEY THEATRE

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OUR SUGGESTED PACKAGES

We are pleased to submit the following suggested Season Ticket packages for your consideration:

Encore!

Name drop Stretch SIX PLAYS FEATURING THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS FOR $450*

SIX PLAYS TO LIMBER UP YOUR THEATRICAL MUSCLES FOR $450*

Teen-atrical

Midsummer

Sandy Gore and Jack Thompson and in Under Milk Wood

Face to Face

Pygmalion

The Histrionic

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

Never Did Me Any Harm

The Splinter

The Splinter

SIX PLAYS TO TRULY ENTERTAIN FOR $456*

Pygmalion Under Milk Wood Les Liaisons Dangereuses Australia Day Sex with Strangers

Kerry Fox, John Gaden, Wendy Hughes and in Face to Face Pamela Rabe and Hugo Weaving in Les Liaisons Dangereuses

SIX PLAYS FOR THE YOUNG (TEENAGED) PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE FOR $456* UNDER 30 $230*

Never Did Me Any Harm Signs of Life Signs of Life

Australia Day

Jacqueline McKenzie in Sex with Strangers Bille Brown and Barry Otto in The Histrionic Jessica Marais in Pygmalion

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PROFANITY

*Season Ticket package prices exclude Previews, Saturday Evening and Premium tickets.

OUR VENUES PIER 4/5, HICKSON ROAD WALSH BAY

The Wharf

The Wharf sits at the heart of Sydney Theatre Company. Here, ideas are grown and collaborations born, sets are built, costumes sewn, productions rehearsed and then presented, all suspended above the waters of Sydney Harbour. The Wharf is home to our two most intimate theatres, Wharf 1 and Wharf 2. 22 HICKSON ROAD WALSH BAY

Sydney Theatre Sydney Theatre was developed from former Bond Stores to become a state-of-the-art theatre in 2004. The largest of our theatres, Sydney Theatre is situated 150 metres west of The Wharf, opposite Pier 6/7 on Hickson Road. The Wharf and Sydney Theatre are located in Sydney’s rapidly growing cultural precinct, Walsh Bay. SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE BENNELONG POINT, SYDNEY

Drama Theatre

Since 1979, Sydney Theatre Company has been the resident theatre company at the Sydney Opera House. We perform in the Drama Theatre, located on the western side of the Sydney Opera House. 43

WALSH BAY

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

TRANSPORT

TRANSPORT

Circular Quay railway station is the closest public transport hub with buses, trains and ferries. The Wharf and Sydney Theatre are a brisk 15-minute walk from Circular Quay.

Circular Quay railway station is the closest public transport hub with buses, trains and ferries. There is a complimentary shuttle currently operating from Stand E at Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House. Full details of the shuttle service can be found at sydneyoperahouse.com.

The Wharf & Sydney Theatre

Sydney Buses operate two bus routes – 431 and 433 – which stop at the top of George Street in Millers Point. Route 433 extends to Hickson Road between 6.30 and 11.30pm, with buses running approximately every 20 minutes. For a full timetable visit sydneybuses.info or telephone 131 500. We operate a complimentary shuttle bus to Walsh Bay from Circular Quay and Wynyard on Wednesdays (excluding 12.15pm Schools Days) and Saturdays to coincide with our Main Stage matinees. Full details of our matinee bus service can be found at sydneytheatre.com.au/visit.

PARKING While on-street metered parking is available in Walsh Bay, we recommend parking at one of the two parking stations located along Hickson Road. Season Ticket Holders can access discounted parking at both parking stations. Details will be sent with your Benefits Card.

DINING Walsh Bay is now home to an array of restaurants, most of which offer pre-show dining options. In 2012, a new restaurant and bar will be launched at The Wharf which will provide for relaxed dining and quick bites pre- and post-show. Hickson Road Bistro at Sydney Theatre opens for pre-show dining 2 hours prior to every performance. Post-show supper is available after every Friday and Saturday night performance. More information is available at sydneytheatre.com.au/visit. 44

Drama Theatre

PARKING The Sydney Opera House car park is a public car park located at the northern end of Macquarie Street, adjacent to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt.

DINING While there are many dining alternatives near the Sydney Opera House, we recommend our valued partner Aria Restaurant. Bookings (02) 9252 2555 or ariarestaurant.com.

THE WHARF

DAWES POINT

WALSH BAY

MILLERS POINT

DRAMA THEATRE

SYDNEY THEATRE

SYDNEY COVE

THE ROCKS

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

CIRCULAR QUAY

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TICKET PRICES

Rollup Roll-up Season Ticket Holders save up to 20% on casual ticket prices. If you hold a Seniors Card, are a concession cardholder or are aged under 30, you’ll save even more.

SEASON TICKET PRICES PRICE PER PRODUCTION

SYDNEY DRAMA WHARF 1 THEATRE THEATRE THEATRE

PREMIUM

$120 N/A N/A

SATURDAY EVENING

$80 $80 $75

FULL

$78 $78 $72

SENIOR CARDHOLDER

$68 $68 $62

CONCESSION CARDHOLDER

$62 $62 $55

PREVIEW

$65 $65 $57

UNDER 30

$40 $40 $35

We have differentiated pricing across our three venues – Sydney Theatre, Drama Theatre and Wharf 1 Theatre. You may select any performance as part of your Season Ticket package. To be eligible for a 2012 Season Ticket, you must select a minimum of six Main Stage productions. Due to popular demand and limited capacity, we charge a flat rate for Saturday evening and preview performances. If you hold a Seniors Card, are a concession cardholder or are aged under 30, you receive a discount on full ticket prices for all performances excluding Saturday evenings, previews or Premium Seats. Please note that in Sydney Theatre, we have a Premium Reserve available, excluding previews and Wednesday matinee performances.

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ADDITIONAL TICKETS PRICE PER PRODUCTION PREMIUM

SPECIAL TICKET OFFERS

A HISTORY SYDNEY DRAMA WHARF 1 PRICE PER OF WATER THEATRE THEATRE THEATRE PRODUCTION

EVERYTHING

THE THE WHARF PIRATES OF REVUE PENZANCE

N/A

GALA (31 OCT 2012)

$85

$79

PREMIUM N/A N/A N/A N/A

$82

$75

SATURDAY EVENING

$45 $75 $55 $80

SENIOR CARDHOLDER

$82 $77 $70

FULL

$45 $72 $50 $78

CONCESSION CARDHOLDER

$72 $67 $60

SENIOR CARDHOLDER

$40 $62 $50 $70

PREVIEW

$68 $66 $60

CONCESSION CARDHOLDER

$35 $55 $45 $65

UNDER 30

$42 $42 $40

PREVIEW $37 $57 $50 $60

$124

SATURDAY EVENING

$90

FULL

$87

N/A

UNDER 30 Season Ticket Holders can purchase additional tickets for family and friends for 2012 Main Stage productions (excluding Les Liaisons Dangereuses in Wharf 1).

N/A N/A $75 N/A

$30 $35 $30 $40

Season Ticket Holders save up to $10 per ticket for these four special events in 2012, and have first access to the best seats before they go on general sale.

2012 Season Ticket Holders will be offered an opportunity to purchase additional tickets for Les Liaisons Dangereuses before they are released for general sale on 1 December 2011. If you choose all eleven plays and we receive your Booking Form by 30 November 2011, you are entitled to a free additional ticket to one of your chosen performances, so you can introduce a friend to Sydney Theatre Company.

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SECURING YOUR SEASON TICKET To guarantee your seats, simply follow these nine easy steps to fill in your personalised Booking Form received by mail or the form in this brochure. Alternatively you can submit your booking online at sydneytheatre.com.au/2012.

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YOUR CONTACT DETAILS

Tell us about yourself and if you are attending with someone else. You can order up to two packages per Booking Form. If there are more than two people in your party, please use a copy of the form for additional companions. Additional forms can be downloaded from sydneytheatre.com.au/2012. Send all forms attached indicating that you want to sit together. By providing companion information, you ensure that everyone in your theatre party receives communications from us throughout the year. If you and your companions would like to receive our monthly Season Ticket Holder email newsletter please indicate this on the Booking Form and provide a valid email address.

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CHOOSE YOUR PERFORMANCE PREFERENCES

Select ticket type and number of each ticket type per production at Step 2A. You can either let us choose the best seat according to your preferred day of the week or indicate your preferred dates. You can also purchase additional tickets for friends to the Main Stage productions you’ve already chosen within your package at Step 2B (excluding Les Liaisons Dangereuses).

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR PRIORITY TICKET OFFERS

You can purchase tickets at discounted prices for A History of Everything, Water, The 2012 Wharf Revue and The Pirates of Penzance with your Season Ticket, before they go on sale to the general public. Select your performance dates and number of tickets at Step 3. ADVISE YOUR SPECIFIC SEATING REQUIREMENTS

If you’ve got a physical condition which means you have to sit somewhere specific (or you have your own seat with wheels) please tell us at Step 4. Don’t forget that we also offer hearing enhancement systems in each theatre, front-of-theatre seating, captioned performances, AUSLAN interpreted performances and audio-described performances. See page 50 for more details.

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INDICATE YOUR FREE TICKET PREFERENCE

If you choose all eleven Main Stage plays and we receive your Booking Form by 30 November 2011, you are entitled to a complimentary ticket for a friend to one of your selected performances. Indicate your three preferred productions at Step 5, and we’ll do our best to fulfil your first preference.

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PRE-ORDER YOUR PROGRAM VOUCHERS You can pre-order program vouchers for Main Stage productions for $8 each (a saving of $2) at Step 6. CONSIDER A DONATION

Please consider making a donation to the work of Sydney Theatre Company. Your donation will ensure that the Company’s engaging range of repertoire remains sustainable into the future. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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MAKE YOUR PAYMENT

Total up the amounts at Step 8. Decide if you want to pay for all upfront, or if you’d like to pay 50% now and 50% in February 2012. Please note that if you take up the latter option we must receive your Booking Form by 30 November 2011 and your credit card must be valid in February 2012. There is a $10 fee payable should you select this option. Please inform us if your credit card details change before the due date of the second instalment. Please ensure you include copies of any relevant proof of age or concession cards with your Booking Form if you are ordering an Under 30, Seniors Card or Concession Season Ticket. Without proof of age or concession your Season Ticket will be charged at the full rate.

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SUBMIT YOUR FORM

Completed Booking Forms can be delivered by post to: STC 2012 Season Tickets, Reply Paid 85302, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012. Please check your Booking Form carefully as amendments cannot be made once form is submitted. Once we have received your Booking Form, we will send you an email to acknowledge receipt.

We’re here to help! We’ve tried to make our Booking Form as simple as possible, but should you encounter any difficulties in completing the form, please call the Box Office on (02) 9250 1777. 49

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2012 BOOKING FORM

USE THIS FORM FOR ONE OR TWO SEASON TICKETS. YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THIS FORM OR COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR BOOKING ONLINE AT SYDNEYTHEATRE.COM.AU/2012

YOUR CONTACT DETAILS

PERSON ONE

PERSON TWO

EXISTING SEASON TICKET HOLDER NUMBER: [IF YOU ARE NEW PLEASE WRITE ‘NEW’]

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STREET ADDRESS

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UNDER 30

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IF YOU ARE REQUESTING A SENIORS CARD, CONCESSION OR UNDER 30 SEASON TICKET, PLEASE ENCLOSE PHOTOCOPIED PROOF OF AGE | STUDENT CARD | SENIORS CARD | PENSIONER DETAILS. WITHOUT PROOF OF CONCESSION TICKETS WILL BE CHARGED AT FULL RATE.

IF YOU ARE REQUESTING A SENIORS CARD, CONCESSION OR UNDER 30 SEASON TICKET, PLEASE ENCLOSE PHOTOCOPIED PROOF OF AGE | STUDENT CARD | SENIORS CARD | PENSIONER DETAILS. WITHOUT PROOF OF CONCESSION TICKETS WILL BE CHARGED AT FULL RATE.

YES, I’D LIKE TO RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING VIA EMAIL:

YES, I’D LIKE TO RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING VIA EMAIL:

STC NEWS & OFFERS

STC NEWS & OFFERS

NEXT STAGE NEWS

NEXT STAGE NEWS

I AM INTERESTED IN RECEIVING INFORMATION ABOUT:

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FAMILY STC YAP PIER GROUP EVENTS EVENTS EVENTS

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I’M A MEMBER OF AUDI A+, PLEASE SEND ME JOINT OFFERS:

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MEMBERSHIP No.

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I AM UNDER 30 AND WISH TO ATTEND STC YAP SPECIAL EVENTS

I AM UNDER 30 AND WISH TO ATTEND STC YAP SPECIAL EVENTS

(SEE PAGE 54 FOR DETAILS)

(SEE PAGE 54 FOR DETAILS)

I WISH TO ATTEND THE PIER GROUP MATINEE CLUB

I WISH TO ATTEND THE PIER GROUP MATINEE CLUB

(SEE PAGE 55 FOR DETAILS)

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IF YOU ARE BOOKING FOR MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE DOWNLOAD A GROUPS BOOKING FORM FROM SYDNEYTHEATRE.COM.AU/2012, OR PHOTOCOPY THIS PAGE AND ATTACH TO YOUR FORM.

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CHOOSE YOUR PERFORMANCE PREFERENCES

. SEASON TICKET

PLEASE SELECT AT LEAST SIX OF THESE PRODUCTIONS TO BECOME A SEASON TICKET HOLDER

PRODUCTION

NEVER DID ME ANY HARM WHARF 1 THEATRE 6 JAN – 12 FEB

PYGMALION

SYDNEY THEATRE 31 JAN – 3 MAR

MIDSUMMER

DRAMA THEATRE, SOH 1 FEB – 10 MAR

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES WHARF 1 THEATRE 31 MAR – 9 JUN

UNDER MILK WOOD

DRAMA THEATRE SOH 22 MAY – 7 JUL

THE HISTRIONIC

WHARF 1 THEATRE 15 JUN – 28 JUL

FACE TO FACE SYDNEY THEATRE 7 AUG – 8 SEP

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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED EACH YEAR, FORMS ARE NOT PROCESSED OVER THE PHONE, BY FAX OR OVER THE COUNTER. PLEASE CHECK YOUR FORM CAREFULLY AS AMENDMENTS CANNOT BE MADE ONCE FORM IS SUBMITTED.

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

Dates for all access performances are indicated on the Performance Calendar included in this package.

SEATING

HEARING ENHANCEMENT AND HEADSETS

There are seats near the front of each auditorium for visually-impaired patrons. Please indicate this requirement at Step 4 on your Booking Form.

Hearing enhancement systems are available in all theatres. The Infrared System (available at the Drama Theatre) caters for those without hearing aids by using a headset available from the theatre’s Front of House staff. The Induction Loop system (available in Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre and Drama Theatre) caters for those with newer hearing aids or hearing aids with T switches. As some seats may be ‘out of range’ we ask that you let us know your needs on your Booking Form.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES For those with visual impairments we have programmed five audio-described performances for the following productions in 2012: Pygmalion, Midsummer, Under Milk Wood, Australia Day, Signs of Life. Audio description is a live commentary, by trained describers, interspersed with the actors’ dialogue. Touch-tours before the production help to capture the atmosphere, costumes, characters and action before and during the course of a performance. Description is relayed via a discreet headset linked to the infrared audio system. When booking for an audio-described performance, please let us know the number of headsets you require. Headsets should be collected before the performance from the Box Office.

GUIDE DOGS Guide dogs can be taken into the auditorium. Please mention this on your Booking Form and you’ll be offered an aisle seat, and told about any special effects that might affect your dog’s comfort. Alternatively, guide dogs can be left in the care of Front of House staff.

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CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES In 2012, we will be offering twelve captioned performances in total, for the following productions: Pygmalion, Midsummer, Under Milk Wood, Face to Face, Australia Day, Signs of Life. Captioning allows those with hearing limitations to follow the on-stage dialogue in real time. Sydney Theatre Company uses plasma screens for this purpose. The screen is visible from selected seats in Sydney Theatre and the Drama Theatre. If you wish to be seated in this area for these productions, please indicate this on your Booking Form.

WHEELCHAIR FACILITIES AUSLAN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES

AT THE WHARF

In 2012, we have scheduled four AUSLAN interpreted performances for the following productions: Pygmalion, Midsummer, Australia Day, Signs of Life.

Wheelchair seats are available in the Wharf 1 and Wharf 2 theatres. We now have a lift at The Wharf which gives patrons direct level access from Hickson Road to both theatres at The Wharf.

A block of seats is reserved for deaf and hearingimpaired patrons to ensure a good view of the interpreter and the stage. If you wish to be seated in this area for these productions, we ask that you let us know on your Booking Form.

AT SYDNEY THEATRE Wheelchair seats are available in Sydney Theatre. There is level access into the venue from Hickson Road.

AT DRAMA THEATRE Wheelchair seats are available in the Drama Theatre. The Sydney Opera House has a lift from the Lower Concourse to the Drama Theatre level, located in the corridor opposite the Sydney Opera House Shop. There are eleven accessible parking spaces on level 1 of the Sydney Opera House Car Park for holders of RTA disabled person parking permits. Car spaces on level 6 also have direct lift access and undercover access to the Sydney Opera House. Bookings (02) 9247 7599. If you require mobility assistance of any kind, please indicate on your Booking Form or advise the Box Office at least 24 hours in advance of attending and we will arrange appropriate assistance.

We’re here to help! Please contact the STC Box Office to discuss your particular needs so we can ensure your comfort and enjoyment. Telephone (02) 9250 1777 or email boxoffice@sydneytheatre.com.au Learn more at: sydneytheatre.com.au/access. 51

STC COMMUNITY

Join the conversation

Sydney Theatre Company has been Theatre is a conversation and it doesn’t stop playing a leading part in the Sydney at the final curtain call. Let us know what you think after the show! Have Your Say on each community for over thirty years. production page of our website, write us a letter There are plenty of ways for you to or post your review on Facebook. become part of our community FACEBOOK and get more involved with STC. Our Facebook fans find out what is happening first. Become our fan at facebook.com/ SydneyTheatreCompany and we’ll keep you posted with blog updates, reviews, stories from behind the scenes, photo galleries, special offers, ticket giveaways and more.

TWITTER Follow us on Twitter and you’ll be across what’s happening as it happens. twitter.com/ SydneyTheatreCo.

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Meet the artists

GUIDED TOURS

Find out more about the Company and our artists at these regular sessions throughout the year:

We offer guided tours of The Wharf. Call the Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 and book in for a tour led by one of our trusty volunteers.

BLOG For further reading about each production visit our blog at blog.sydneytheatre.com.au – you’ll find interviews with the creative team, background information about each production and videos from the rehearsal room that you can access in the lead-up to your performance.

BACK STAGE MAGAZINE Make sure you supply your correct mailing and email address on your Booking Form, so we can send you our free Back Stage Magazine and our monthly email newsletter.

PRE-SEASON BRIEFINGS In the week prior to each Main Stage season, we invite you to join us at The Wharf for a briefing from key creatives behind the show. During the year, a different mix of actors, directors, designers and sometimes playwrights will share insights into the productions and their artistic processes.

NIGHT WITH THE ACTORS Select these evenings within your Season Ticket package and following the performance you’ll get to hear the cast discuss the production and negotiate some questions from the audience. See the 2012 Performance Calendar, or visit production pages at sydneytheatre.co.au/2012 for dates and times.

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Spend more time with us

Meet like-minded theatre lovers

THE WHARF SESSIONS

Love the theatre but have no-one to come with? Or want to get together with others to talk about the show? Consider one of the following groups:

Each month we host free live music after the show at The Wharf. Previous artists who have played The Wharf Sessions include Bertie Blackman, Andy Bull, Cloud Control and The Paper Scissors. If you love live music, select any of the following dates as part of your Season Ticket package and enjoy some of Sydney’s finest musical acts after the show. Or, just turn up at The Wharf at around 10pm, grab yourself a table and enjoy the band! Coincides with: NEVER DID ME ANY HARM AND A HISTORY OF EVERYTHING LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES THE HISTRIONIC THE SPLINTER SEX WITH STRANGERS SEX WITH STRANGERS SEX WITH STRANGERS THE WHARF REVUE

FRI 20 JAN FRI 13 APR FRI 18 MAY FRI 8 JUN FRI 20 JUL FRI 24 AUG FRI 5 OCT FRI 26 OCT FRI 16 NOV FRI 14 DEC

STCINEMA Love theatre and film? Throughout the year, host screenings of films or documentaries that relate to our productions, followed by Q & As or interviews with artists. We’ll let you know by email when a screening has been scheduled for your chosen 2012 productions.

THE WENTWORTH TALKS Every second month we partner with The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists to present a series of talks, films and panel discussions on environmental issues. We announce each Wentworth Talk in our monthly email newsletter. 54

UNDER 30? Our Youth Advisory Panel – known as STC YAP – hosts events throughout the year. YAP Special Event Nights feature a pre-show party and a post-show Q & A, followed by live music at The Wharf Sessions. If you are aged under 30, choose any of the following dates as part of your Season Ticket, select the STC YAP Special Events option on your Booking Form and provide us with your email address. We’ll let you know by email where and when to meet us for a YAP pre- or post-show event. YAP Special Event Nights in 2012 are: NEVER DID ME ANY HARM LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES SEX WITH STRANGERS

FRI 20 JAN FRI 18 MAY FRI 26 OCT

A big thank you to our YAPpers: Alex Berlage, Dominic Bock, Emma Cole, Michael Cutrupi, Harriet Gillies, Laura Hopkinson, Helen Machalias, Sean Marshall, Pristine Ong, Melissa Vogt and Marisa Wright Smith.

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PIER GROUP

If you attend our mid-week matinee performances on your own, and would like to make the acquaintance of your fellow Season Ticket Holders, we encourage you to take part in the Matinee Club at Sydney Theatre.

The STC Pier Group is open to all lovers of theatre and supporters of the Company. The Pier Group organises regular lunch events at The Wharf Restaurant featuring the actors, directors and other famous faces behind the Company and the Main Stage Season, and in 2012 will host our Matinee Club. Other Pier Group events also include film screenings, The Wharf Revue Gala and other similar events throughout the year.

If you select any of the matinee performances listed below as part of your Season Ticket (and tick the option to attend The STC Matinee Club on your Booking Form), you’ll be invited to join us one hour prior to the performance for complimentary tea and coffee. In 2012 the Matinee Club will be hosted by our wonderful Pier Group committee. This is your chance not only to meet other theatre-goers, but also meet members of each creative team and hear more about each production. STC Matinee Club events in 2012 are: PYGMALION FACE TO FACE

WED 15 FEB WED 22 AUG

In 2012, Pier Group Lunches will be held to coincide with seasons of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Under Milk Wood and Sex with Strangers. You can purchase tickets to the 2012 Wharf Revue Pier Group Gala on your Booking Form. Dates for the Pier Group lunches are: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES UNDER MILK WOOD SEX WITH STRANGERS

MON 27 FEB, 12 – 2PM MON 30 APR, 12 – 2PM MON 20 AUG, 12 – 2PM

If you are interested in the activities of the Pier Group, indicate this on your Booking Form and we’ll update you throughout the year. A huge thank you to the STC Pier Group: Anne Schofield (Chair), Peggy Carter, Eve Heath, Graham Jennings, Richard Lyle and Virginia Pearce.

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STC ED

Introduce the young people in your life to theatre Sydney Theatre Company’s education program, STC Ed, is for everyone and anyone who is interested in exploring theatre. Through STC Ed we share how theatre is created, introduce the people who make it happen and start conversations about the stories we bring to the stage. STC Ed is the most comprehensive commitment made by any state theatre company in Australia and it’s a source of great pride. Seeing a play – not just reading it – is the only way a student can really learn about it. STC is committed to providing students and teachers access to the highest quality theatre productions and professional learning. In addition to our Sydney seasons, STC Ed will be on the road again in 2012 developing our creative partnerships with new regional schools and communities throughout NSW. We’ll also be investing further in our online digital resources, giving students throughout Australia access to the rich tapestry of performance at Sydney Theatre Company.

Our highly successful School Drama program, developed in partnership with The University of Sydney, continues in 2012. Working with an STC teaching artist, Primary School teachers learn how to use drama within their lessons as a way to teach across subjects. STC’s School Drama is unique in Australia; as a company we’re pioneering how teachers can use the arts effectively in schools to help develop not only great academic outcomes but also happy, confident kids. The 2012 STC Ed program will be announced on 10 October 2011. For more information about all our activities visit sydneytheatre.com.au/stced. Our exciting work in STC Ed is achieved with the support of our generous philanthropic partners. We thank them for ensuring STC Ed continues into the future and young people will always have a chance to experience the wonder of theatre.

PATRONS ~ Ian and Min Darling ~ Simon and Catriona Mordant ~ David and Claire Paradice ~ T he Australian Children’s Trust in collaboration with Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for youth

~ The Caledonia Foundation ~ The Johnson Family Foundation ~ Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation

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NEXT STAGE ACTOR ON A BOX STC’s youngest (and arguably our most precious!) audiences experience the magic of theatre and storytelling through our Actor On A Box series. These intimate and interactive performances for children aged 3 years and up take classic stories and playfully re-invent them especially for our youngest theatre goers. Actor On A Box creates a space and a place for young imaginations to soar, curiosity to sharpen and wonder to take flight. Actor On A Box performances are an enchanting experience of theatre for children – and those big people lucky enough to accompany them! Indicate your interest in Family Productions on your Booking Form, and we’ll let you know when our next Actor On A Box is approaching. We’ll also keep you posted through our monthly newsletter.

SUPPORTERS ~ The Girgensohn Foundation ~ The Nelson Meers Foundation ~ Joanna Love

As the artform development arm of the Sydney Theatre Company, Next Stage exists to give emerging artists, indie collectives and experimental work a platform. It’s a space that enables us to foster innovative ideas, mentorships and bold new aesthetics. If you are interested in the Next Stage program, join our Next Stage email list by choosing this option on your Booking Form. Tickets for our 2012 Next Stage productions will go on sale in early 2012. For more information visit sydneytheatre.com. au/next-stage

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GREENING THE WHARF

Theatre has always tackled the challenging issues of its time. STC leads by example, stimulating conversations and action around climate change issues.

2008 2009 LIGHT BULB MOMENT

STC Artistic Directors have the initial idea to “Green The Wharf”. Baseline measures of energy, water and waste collected.

UNIQUE FUNDING PARTNERSHIP

STC assembles a private and public partnership of 25 groups, involving philanthropy, corporate support and government funding.

NEW TOILETS STC reduces energy and water consumption by up to 20% through behavioural change and new basic equipment.

SHI FAMILY FOUNDATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF NSW

CAMERON AND ILSE O’REILLY PETER HALL AND LAURA SMITH DAVID AND CLAIRE PARADICE THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY FUNDING FROM THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT UNDER THE GREEN PRECINCTS PROGRAM

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THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY THE NSW GOVERNMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE FUND

Our landmark Greening The Wharf project is all but complete – look how far we’ve come.

2010 2011 2012 POWER FROM THE SUN

WALKING ON WATER

GREEN DESIGN

Our 1,906 panel 380kW array is complete, reducing our emissions and bills; seen by millions from city and harbour.

The innovative below-pier rainwater harvesting system is complete, providing 100% of non-potable water to STC and fellow arts companies resident at The Wharf.

STC will further develop our Green Design Policy, challenging production teams to consider environmental impacts of their designs and purchasing decisions.

CLIMATE CHANGE

BASELINE

STC continues to partner with The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists to present stimulating talks on environmenal issues.

We have demonstrated significant reductions in waste, and energy and water consumption – next is the measurement and assessment of the total environmental footprint of a 2012 production to guide our future planning.

AWARD WINNER STC wins Premier’s Award for Sustainability Excellence, the highest honour at the 2010 NSW Green Globe Awards.

LIGHTING A GREENER STAGE New sustainable lighting technologies and wattage caps for lighting designers reduce the energy consumption of our shows.

GREENINGTHEWHARF.COM We continue to share our knowledge with performing arts companies via industry forums, green screens and online.

PLAY YOUR PART To support our ongoing commitment to greening, please call Tina Ferguson, Philanthropy Coordinator on (02) 9250 1715.

ENERGY ADVISOR TO GREENING THE WHARF

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THE STC FOUNDATION Every year you remind us how lucky we are. Not only do ticket sales make up 65% of our overall revenue, but donations made along with your season bookings help us come closer to closing our funding gap. Every gift has played a part, as have you by taking on this extra role. Thank you.

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YOU HELP US PUT ON THE PLAYS THAT YOU WANT TO SEE With each new season, as the thrill of programming turns to stretching resources and balancing the budget, we are faced with the reality that the cost of making theatre is increasing. Our biggest cost is our biggest asset – people. It takes a certain number of people to put on a production, regardless of technological developments that can create efficiencies in other industries. A play with six parts cannot be performed ‘more efficiently’ by a cast of three – and that’s before we even get to what goes on behind the scenes… People make theatre electric and it’s people who create the productions that you want to see.

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THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR

HOW CAN YOU HELP

When a story resonates, it can stay with you forever. When you make a donation to Sydney Theatre Company, you directly support the wide range of Australian artists and theatre makers that we employ to tell our stories every year, which in turn helps keep our theatre industry alive.

Be part of our story by making a donation with your Season Ticket booking in Step 7 of your Booking Form. If you want to find out more, please contact Philanthropy Coordinator Tina Ferguson on (02) 9250 1715 or tferguson@sydneytheatre.com.au.

The combined effect is a vibrant and colourful cultural future that all of us can enjoy. Now that’s got to feel good. It certainly makes us smile.

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OUR PARTNERS

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Sydney Theatre Company celebrates valued partnerships with our sponsors.

For further information please contact Sacha Marie Curtis, Sponsorship Coordinator on (02) 9250 1755. 31

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helped make this happen. Private donations help bridge the funding gap and bring our stories to life. Thank you. Donate now at sydneytheatre.com.au/support

Thanks to our Government supporters:

DESIGN BY SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY IS SUPPORTED BY THE NSW GOVERNMENT THROUGH ARTS NSW

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY IS ASSISTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL, ITS ARTS FUNDING & ADVISORY BODY

COLLIDER PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS

MARCEL AUCAR JAMES GREEN EVAN KLANFER MARK MAWSON

DETAILS IN THIS BROCHURE ARE CORRECT AT TIME OF PUBLICATION. SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ADD, WITHDRAW OR SUBSTITUTE ARTISTS AND TO VARY THE PROGRAM AND PRICES. FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE AVAILABLE AT SYDNEYTHEATRE.COM.AU PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM TIME TO TIME OUR PRODUCTIONS MAY INCLUDE SMOKE EFFECTS, SMOKING ON STAGE, STROBE EFFECTS, NUDITY, COARSE LANGUAGE AND LOUD MUSIC. WHERE WE HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRODUCTION, WE HAVE INCLUDED WARNINGS ON EACH PRODUCTION PAGE. AT THE TIME OF PERFORMANCE WE WILL ALSO PROVIDE NOTICE IN THE FOYERS OF OUR THEATRES AND ON OUR WEBSITE.

CONTACT DETAILS ARTISTIC DIRECTORS CATE BLANCHETT AND ANDREW UPTON GENERAL MANAGER PATRICK MCINTYRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS DAVID GONSKI AC (CHAIR) JONATHAN BIGGINS CATE BLANCHETT TONI CODY JOHN CONNOLLY MARTIN MCCALLUM JUSTIN MILLER SIMON MORDANT SAM MOSTYN ANDREW STUART ANDREW UPTON SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY FOUNDATION JILLIAN BROADBENT AO (CHAIR) ANDREW STUART (DEPUTY CHAIR) NICK GREINER AC JUDI HAUSMANN ANN JOHNSON JUSTIN MILLER PETER MILLER GRETEL PACKER MATTHEW PLAYFAIR CARLA ZAMPATTI AC

BROCHURE CREDITS DESIGNED BY COLLIDER ILLUSTRATIONS BY CLEMENS HABICHT PRINTED BY SPECIAL T PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS MARCEL AUCAR JAMES GREEN EVAN KLANFER MARK MAWSON ENVIRONMENTAL CREDITS PRINTED ON K.W. DOGGETT’S ENVIROCARE 100% RECYCLED PAPER. NO VIRGIN FIBRE USED. 65% POST-CONSUMER WASTE & 35% PRE-CONSUMER WASTE. MANUFACTURED USING ELEMENTAL CHLORINE FREE (EFC) PULPS.

BOX OFFICE THE WHARF PIER 4 HICKSON ROAD WALSH BAY NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA PHONE (612) 9250 1777 FAX (612) 9251 3687 TOLL-FREE 1800 467 993 (non-metro NSW) BOXOFFICE@SYDNEYTHEATRE.COM.AU SYDNEYTHEATRE.COM.AU ADMINISTRATION PO BOX 777 MILLERS POINT NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA PHONE (612) 9250 1700 SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY LIMITED A COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE AND INCORPORATED IN NEW SOUTH WALES. ABN 87 001 667 983 SYDNEYTHEATRE.COM.AU DETAILS IN THIS BROCHURE ARE CORRECT AT TIME OF PUBLICATION. SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ADD, WITHDRAW OR SUBSTITUTE ARTISTS AND TO VARY THE PROGRAM AND PRICES. FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE AVAILABLE AT SYDNEYTHEATRE.COM.AU PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM TIME TO TIME OUR PRODUCTIONS MAY INCLUDE SMOKE EFFECTS, SMOKING ON STAGE, STROBE EFFECTS, NUDITY, COARSE LANGUAGE AND LOUD MUSIC. WHERE WE HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRODUCTION, WE HAVE INCLUDED WARNINGS ON EACH PRODUCTION PAGE. AT THE TIME OF PERFORMANCE WE WILL ALSO PROVIDE NOTICE IN THE FOYERS OF OUR THEATRES AND ON OUR WEBSITE.

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