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A brilliant study of History and Music in Vienna in 1986

Independent Theatre is proudly presenting a strictly limited season of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Old Wicked Songs this winter (9 performances only).

This haunting play, with its unique mix of drama and vocal music, was written by playwright Jon Marans, a great friend of Independent Theatre, who will travel to Adelaide to assist with rehearsals.

Directed by Rob Croser, this acclaimed two-hander will star David Roach as Viennese Professor Josef Mashkan and Ben Francis as young American Stephen Hoffman, under the musical direction of Mark Sandon.

David Roach (actor)

Set in Vienna in 1986, Old Wicked Songs is the story of a young American piano prodigy and his musical journey with his elderly vocal teacher.

Hoping to shatter the artistic block that has crippled his brilliant career, Stephen Hoffman, a young American piano prodigy, has come to study in Vienna. He is assigned to an elderly vocal teacher, Professor Josef Mashkan, who - to Stephen's disgust insists on teaching him, not the piano, but how to sing Schumann's "Dichterliebe" song cycle about the birth and death of love.

It seems impossible that the two will ever get along: one is European, one American; one old-fashioned, the other modern; one passionate, the other technically precise; and, finally, one a seeming anti-Semite, and the other a Jew. As they struggle to work together, Stephen discovers that Mashkan is masking a darker history, and would die rather than confront it. Eventually, only the music their one common bond with its combination of suffering and joy, helps release the teacher's emotions and melt the student's frigidity.

Ben Francis (actor)

This popular play, which has enjoyed sell-out seasons Off-Broadway as well as at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Illinois and Bristol Old Vica and Gielgud Theatre in the West End, is sure to delight Adelaide audiences.


Tickets are now on sale for Old Wicked Songs at Goodwood Theatre between Friday 27 July 2018 and Saturday 4 August 2018.

Choose from the following performance times:

  • Friday 27 July 2018 7:30 PM

  • Saturday 28 July 2018 7:30 PM

  • Sunday 29 July 2018 4:00 PM (Playwright Jon Marans will be participating in a Q & A following this performance)

  • Tuesday 31 July 2018 6:30 PM

  • Wednesday 1 August 2018 6:30 PM

  • Thursday 2 August 2018 7:30 PM

  • Friday 3 August 2018 7:30 PM

  • Saturday 4 August 2018 2:00 PM

  • Saturday 4 August 2018 7:30 PM

    Suitable for ages 15 and over: tickets are priced as follows:

    Adult: $37.50

    Concession: $32.50

    Student: $20.00

    Group of 10: $250.00


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    When: 27th July - 4th August
    Where: Goodwood Theatre, 166 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood SA 5034
    Cost: $20 - $37.50
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