A professional production of Passion is finally coming to Melbourne. All this happiness… 

A professional production of Passion is finally coming to Melbourne. All this happiness… 

Confirmed: Imelda Staunton, Kevin Whateley and Lara Pulver to star in Chichester's Gypsy

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It has been confirmed that Imelda Staunton, Kevin Whately and Lara Pulver will star in Chichester’s revival of Gypsy this summer. Directed by Jonathan Kent, the production will run between 7th October and 8th November 2014.

Is there a job that will allow me to travel to see every revival of Gypsy?

Best Theatre of 2013

I had an absolutely wonderful year when it came to theatrical experiences, even if I only managed to catch 76 productions in 2013. I travelled through Europe, seeing shows in London, Paris and Rome. In addition to my favourite performers who I can regularly catch in Melbourne, including productions, live-on-stage appearances and concerts I managed to see people like Julie Andrews, Cate Blanchett, Angela Lansbury, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Ben Whishaw, Tamsin Greig, Iain Glen, Kristin Chenoweth, Geoffrey Rush, Tim Minchin, Caroline O’Connor, Matt Smith, Elisabeth Huppert, Idina Menzel, Cecilia Bartoli, Kristin Scott Thomas, James Earl Jones, Boyd Gaines, Mandy Patinkin, Nathan Gunn and even Sporty Spice (Melaine C) in their element. I have been treated with theatrical delights ranging from internationally touring productions to daring productions from Melbourne’s independent scene. Consequently choosing just ten memorable moments was tough. Here’s my attempt, in the order of viewing: 

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The Melbourne Ring Cycle
Opera Australia (2013)
Images by Jeff Busby

Neil Armfield’s treatment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle looks (and apparently sounds) incredible. Every day I have to stop myself from forking out ridiculous amounts for back row rush tickets. 

My Opera Australia 2014 subscription:

  • Rigoletto
  • Eugene Onegin
  • The Turk in Italy
  • Carmen
  • Tosca
  • Don Pasquale

With special additions:

  • Jonas Kaufmann in concert
  • The King and I

Goodbye money, hello opera!

Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera, 2013)
Melbourne, Australia 
Images: Jeff Busby

Gypsy (The Production Company, 2013)
Melbourne, Australia 
Images: Jeff Busby

Gypsy (The Production Company, 2013)
Melbourne, Australia 
Images: Belinda Strodder

Gypsy (The Production Company, 2013)
Melbourne, Australia 
Images: Belinda Strodder

I was given free tickets to see Caroline O’Connor in Gypsy tonight, and went even though I already had a ticket to see it next Thursday. I thought if I didn’t enjoy this production I would just give away my extra ticket. However after sitting through the show, enthralled and wanting to applaud every brilliant brassy syllable that left Caroline’s mouth, I now not only want to keep my future tickets but buy another for every other performance in this ridiculously short season.

I was given free tickets to see Caroline O’Connor in Gypsy tonight, and went even though I already had a ticket to see it next Thursday. I thought if I didn’t enjoy this production I would just give away my extra ticket. However after sitting through the show, enthralled and wanting to applaud every brilliant brassy syllable that left Caroline’s mouth, I now not only want to keep my future tickets but buy another for every other performance in this ridiculously short season.

Gypsy (The Production Company, 2013)
Melbourne, Australia 
Images: Belinda Strodder