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Melbourne Theatre Company 2014 Season

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by Rebecca Bowyer (subscribe)
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Published November 22nd 2013
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Melbourne's premiere theatre company since 1953, the Melbourne Theatre Company is also "one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world", producing over a dozen plays each year.

MTC 2014
MTC Season 2014. Image: MTC Facebook page


From comedies to catastrophes, international hits to local masterpieces and with acting greats such as Sigrid Thornton, Richard Piper and writers like comedy trio Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch, the MTC's 2014 line-up is a season full of promise.

With packages starting from just $210 for seven plays, you won't even need to agonise over which ones to see. Of course, if there's just one play in particular you have your heart set on or you're only in town for a few days, single tickets are also available from set dates for each play (check the links below for dates).

Spread over three locations at the Arts Centre, Southbank Theatre and Princess Theatre, there is a performance space to suit every production.

Big Bad Wolf
10 - 25 January

A special performance for the kids, by Matthew Whittet, with adults at children's prices.

Private Lives
25 January - 8 March

This Noel Coward comedy classic sees four honeymooners involved in a perfect farce in where else but France when they discover that one half of each couple was previously married to each other.

Starring Lucy Durack, Leon Ford, Julie Forsyth, Nadine Garner and John Leary.

Lucy Durack
Lucy Durack in her previous hit, Legally Blonde. Image: Eva Rinaldi.


Cock
7 February - 22 March

Yes, it is about what it appears to be about. Our very own Missy Higgins composed the music for this Australian premiere which follows the unconventional antics of a love triangle.

Starring Tom Conroy and Angus Grant.

Neighbourhood Watch
17 March - 26 April

A tale of past meets present when an 80-year old widowed Hungarian emigre and her dog form an unlikely bond with her young neighbour over Mammia Mia.

Set in modern day Kew, Melbourne, this was written specifically for the wonderful Robyn Nevin, who stars alongside a talented young cast.

Ghosts
17 May - 21 June


A modern day adaptation of Henry Ibsen's late-nineteenth century classic, this marriage confessional shocked audiences when it was first produced and continues to be astutely relevant today.

Starring the magnificent Richard Piper, Philip Quast, Ben Pfeiffer and Pip Edwards.

The Speechmaker
31 May - 5 July


Any comedy by the hilarious trio of Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch is surely a must-see. The drama unfolds on Air Force One as the US President heads over to meet with the British PM to make a Christmas speech. What ensues is a major international crisis.

Starring Jane Harber, David James and Toby Truslove.

Glengarry Glen Ross
5 July - 9 August


Set in the ruthless real estate scene in Chicago, the competition is on for the protagonists to fight to the end... for their jobs. Written 30 years ago, it seems even more relevant today.

Starring Alex Dimitriades.

The Effect
16 August - 27 September


Sigrid Thornton. Do you really need to know anything else? Drug trial clinic. Two test subjects. On antidepressants. They fall in love. Award winning play by Lucy Prebble, straight from London. Now go and see it.

Sigrid Thornton
Sigrid Thornton. Image: Eva Rinaldi via Flickr


The Sublime
22 August - 4 October


"Mateship, family, footy and sex scandals", this truly Aussie drama has it all. A look behind the media circus at the sports scene in modern day Australia.

Written by Brendan Cowell and starring Josh McConville.

Complexity of Belonging
6 October - 1 November


An exploration of the contemporary formation of identity, this exciting production seamlessly brings together dance and traditional theatre.

A collaboration between MTC, Chunky Move and the Melbourne Festival, featuring the talents of Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter.

Chunky Move
Chunky Move: Redefining contemporary dance. Image: Chunky Move Facebook page.


Once
1 October - 9 November

This Tony Award-winning Broadway hit is your MTC musical fix for 2014. Set in an Irish pub, Once follows the friendship and memories of an immigrant flower seller and a busker in Dublin.

I'll Eat You Last
31 October - 20 December

Solo shows are always a risk but with BAFTA Award winner Miriam Margolyes you're in safe hands. Join Miriam as she brings Hollywood agent to the stars, Sue Mengers, to life, and dishes all the juicy gossip from 1981 onwards.

Pennsylvania Avenue
8 November - 20 December

Bring the year to a close with this world premiere musical theatre production from the unstoppable creative team of Joanna Murray-Smith (writer), Simon Phillips (director) and Bernadette Robinson (star of the show).

Pennsylvania Avenue weaves together a narrative of the White House's musical history.
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Why? Treat yourself to a season of Melbourne's best theatre.
When: January - December 2014. See performance dates for individual productions.
Phone: 03 8688 0800
Where: 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
Cost: Packages start from $210 for 7 plays.
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