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Canberra Theatre Centre launches 2017 season

Helena Game

International hit MAMMA MIA! and a fresh take on George Orwell’s 1984 are just a taste of what is to come in the Canberra Theatre Centre’s 2017 Collected Works, launched tonight.

Kicking off the season in March will be glamorous musical Ladies in Black by the Queensland Theatre, with plenty of 1950s frocks and music by Tim Finn of Crowded House.

For Shakespeare lovers there will be plenty on offer: Richard 3 will be a night of thrilling intensity, while the darkly humorous The Merchant of Venice will play later in the year. For a twist, the State Theatre of South Australia brings The Popular Mechanics, which follows the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and imagines what might have happened behind the scenes of one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays.


A scene from Blue Love

Sydney Dance Company’s Orb will explore the power of the moon through breathtaking dance, while Bangarra Dance Theatre brings Bennelong, a fascinating look at the way Woollarawarre Bennelong led his community to survive White settlement in Port Jackson.

Sydney Theatre Company will be back with Talk, an exploration of modern-day journalism’s increasing appetite for sensationalist stories. Favourites The Wharf Revue will also return, with more side-splitting sketches and witty songs.

Coranderrk, a collaborative project between leading indigenous and non-indigenous researchers, artists and community members produced by the Ilbijerri Theatre Company, recreates the extraordinary efforts by members of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve to live as they always had. It is sure to be a powerful, important production.


Coming in November: Mamma Mia!

For something a bit lighter, Cyrano De Bergerac tells the hilarious story of Cyrano, a man with an ‘outrageous’ nose, and his attempts to woo Roxane, the woman he loves.

For all things acrobatics, Australia’s top circus Circa will bring a new vision to life in Landscapes with Monsters. A response to the evolution of industrial landscapes, the performance is set to be a thrilling show of breathtaking physical skill.

Mixing film, theatre and dance, Shaun Parker & Company’s Blue Love will explore the hunt for the perfect relationship. Drawing on famous artworks and films which deal with the concept of love, this performance challenges the classic theatre experience.


A scene from 1984

The last show of the season in November will be global phenomenon MAMMA MIA!, the first large scale musical to visit Canberra since 2008, which is sure to be a favourite. Another international offering is a collaborative production of Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984, from the UK, which will come off the back of huge success on the West End, and promises to be an exciting twist on the original.

The 2017 Collected Works tickets go on sale for current season ticket holders today. New season bookings can be made from Monday 31 October, and single tickets are available from Monday 14 November. For more information and to book tickets, click here.


Helena Game

Helena is a wannabe journalist studying Communications and Journalism at the University of Canberra. Canberra born and bred, she is hopelessly in love with writing, stories and travel. She recently wrote her way around Japan for a creative writing study tour, and spent another two weeks in the Middle East on a journalism exchange, both of which have left her with a proper case of the post-travel blues. While she plots her next adventure, Helena is hoping to gain as much industry experience as humanly possible, and somehow finish her degree at the same time. More about the Author

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