Wednesday, 2 September 2015



As Andrew Upton and Kate Blanchett reach the end of their tenure with the Sydney Theatre Company, keen theatre-goers are getting ready to welcome the new Artistic Director.   I, for one, have been wondering who could possibly fill their shoes.  Andrew Upton has been Artistic Director at the Sydney Theatre Company for the past 8 years and his wife Kate Blanchett, co-Artistic Director for the first 5 years.  She has also performed in many of their productions.  

It was announced last week that Jonathan Church from the UK is to be the new Artistic director of the STC.

Jonathan Church is currently working on and directing the Australian production of  Singin' in the Rain which begins touring Australia in 2016. Jonathan has been the Artistic Director of the Chichester Festival Theatre since 2006 and has been very successful in re-inventing and transforming this theatre.  This will be the first time that an International director takes up this position with the STC.    

The Uptons are scheduled to leave the STC at the end of the year or mid-2016  and Jonathan will then begin programming the Season for 2017.  

Many Australians are deeply committed to the Theatre and Performance Arts in general and Australian theatre has long established itself as a leader in the global arena of Performing Arts.  The Sydney Theatre Company has received it's share of worldwide acclaim by touring internationally with a selection of their productions, earning enormous recognition and respect.

The STC announces their forthcoming annual season in November of each year and there is usually a mad rush for tickets.  So much so, that I elected this year to buy season tickets and choose the shows I want to attend during the year.  I am very excited to be seeing "The Present" next week.  Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh star in Andrew Upton's new adaption of Chekhov's first play.  

King Lear on January 5, 2016 will be a highlight!  

Starring Geoffrey Rush and directed by Neil Armfield, it has to be a winner.  Rush and Armfield, friends for over 30 years have  worked together on many successful productions,  Hamlet and The Diary of a Madman amongst others. This creative partnership delivers every time!

The STC has it's home at The Wharf in Walsh Bay which has gradually been transformed into an arts precinct.  The Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Ausdance are a few of the other performing arts companies now enjoying premises at The Wharf.   Enjoying a prime location, with views directly onto Sydney Harbour Bridge,  this re-imagined industrial site is exciting to visit.  There is a great restaurant and bar and enjoying a drink, overlooking the water before the show is a must!

Outlook from STC Wharf restaurant 

Approaching the Opera Bar at the Opera House with sensational views.  A great spot for a glass of champagne or a meal before or after a show.

The magnificent Iconic Sydney Opera House

When it comes to the Performing Arts, the city of Sydney keeps on giving.    A night out at any of the magnificent venues, watching world-class performances is always a privilege.
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