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Alfie at Holden Street Theatres

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What's it all about, Alfie

Matt Byrne Media is ready to set pulses racing with its strictly limited season of Bill Naughton's cockney romp 'Alfie" from October 7 to 24 at the Holden Street Theatres.

Producer/director/designer Matt Byrne, is delighted to get the rights to present the iconic play that spawned two major film adaptations and launched Michael Caine to superstardom.

"Alfie the movie put Michael Caine on the map back in 1966 and he's stayed there ever since!," Byrne said.

"But Alfie the play was first presented on the London Stage back in 1963, well before the first film.

"So I am thrilled to give one of Adelaide's finest actors, Marc Clement, the opportunity to create his version of Alfie Elkins in person and drive the women of Adelaide to distraction!"

The original 1966 film also memorably featured the Burt Bacharach favourite, Alfie, which was immortalised by the late Cilla Black. Bacharach will be performing live at the Entertainment Centre, just around from Holden Street on the last night of the season, October 24.

The comedy/drama follows the exploits of Alfie, a proud womaniser and cheeky chap who leads a self-centred life.

"The play follows the sexpolits of the libidinous Alfie Elkins, a modern day Don Juan seemingly without a conscience, whose narcissism and appetite for women knows no bounds," Byrne said.

"Alfie lives life by his own code which involved lots of admirers, forthright opinions and little responsibility. He single-handedly sets the 60s in London swinging!"

However Alfie is forced to come to terms with his behaviour after the birth of his son and a health scare.

Byrne said Alfie is a cautionary tale of a life lived without a moral compass, and he ends up lost.

"Life catches up with us all and we see Alfie forced to confront his constant infidelity, unexpected paternity and mortality."

"Its wicked, it's funny, it's cheeky and it's disturbing as Alfie starts losing his touch and constantly ask the audience what's it all about?"

Matt has assembled a wonderful cast of performers for this production, including some of Adelaide's top female performers, with Niki Yiannoullou as Siddie, Kristen Tommasini as Gilda, Kim York as The Doctor, Heather Riley as Lily, Bronwyn Ruciak as Flo, Anjali Sarma as Carla, Nadine Wood as Ruby, Victoria Morgan as Vy and Kacy Ratta as Annie.

The male ensemble features the ever-popular John Matsen as Joe, Reg Hamlyn as Humphrey, Nick Stagg as Sharpey, Daniel Knowles as Perc, Sean Hilton as Harry, Loccy Hywood as Lofty and Matt Byrne as Doctor Smith.

Alfie will run at Holden Street Theatres at 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh from October 7-10, 14-17 and 21-24 at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. Matinees on October 17 and 24.

Admission is $30 Adults and $25 Concession with Group Discounts for Groups of 10 or more - $27/$22- and bookings are available on 8262 4906, mbm@adelaide.on.net, online at www.mattbyrnemedia.com.au, BASS, dramatix.com.au or www.holdenstreettheatres.com

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When: Oct 7-10, 14-17 & 21-24 at 8 p.m. & Oct 17 & 24 at 2 p.m.
Where: Holden Street Theatres, 34 Holden St, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Cost: Adults $30 Concession $25
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