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The Matchmaker at Goodwood Institute Theatre

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This August, Independent Theatre is proudly presenting a special season of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker at Goodwood Institute Theatre.

The classic comedy was first staged at the Edinburgh Festival andTheatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End, before opening on Broadway in 1955 at the Royale Theatre, completing its run of 486 performances.

The wild success of the play led to two film adaptations, most notably Hello, Dolly!, with Barbra Streisand in the lead role.

However the play itself is still regarded as a far richer and funnier experience and the Independent Theatre is proud to bring it the stage once again.


New York, 1886. The Statue of Liberty has just been unveiled.

New York widow, Dolly Gallagher Levi is a woman who "arranges things" like marriages and other domestic transactions. She is engaged by the rich, pompous merchant of Yonkers, Horace Vandergelder, to save his niece from eloping with "an artist", and also to find him a new wife.

However, Dolly has other ideas. She has set her own sights on Horace, and embarks on a complicated scheme to get him to propose. Her machinations include Horace's two young clerks, whom she encourages to head into New York for a day "on the razzle", and a pretty, widowed milliner and her assistant.

After a series of hilariously farcical situations involving exploding tomato cans, cross-dressing, hiding in wardrobes, and secret rendezvous at a New York restaurant, everyone finds themselves paired with their perfect match.


The production features a talented cast with Bronwyn Ruciak as Dolly Levi, David Roach as Horace Vandergelder, with Will Cox, Kyle Hall, Georgia Penglis,
Grace Berwald, Pam O'Grady, Andrew Steuart, Stephen Scho eld, Emma Bleby, Matt Hein, Gus Pawlowski and Maxine Grubel.

The Matchmaker will play for a strictly limited season at Goodwood Institute Theatre. Performances will be held August 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th at 7.30pm with Matinees on Sunday 7th at 4.00p,, Saturday 13th at 2.00pm and Tuesday 9th at 6.30pm.

Tickets are now on sale and priced as follows: Adults $35, Concession $30 and Students $18.

As a special offer, WeekendNotes subscribers will receive a special offer of $10 off Adult and Concession tickets by quoting the codeword MATCHMAKER.

Bookings can be made at www.independenttheatre.org.au. Group bookings should be directed to 8299 9155.

For more information on this exciting production, please visit the Independent Theatre website.

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When: 5 - 13th August
Where: Goodwood Institute Theatre, 166 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood SA 5034
Cost: from $30
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