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The
Malvern Theatre Company's current and future productions.

Go to the Production History page for information and photographs of our previous productions.

 
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CROWN MATRIMONIAL
by Royce Ryton

Directed by Nicholas Opolski

Set in Marlborough House, it is 1936, and the English monarchy is facing its greatest crisis in 400 years. The new king, Edward, is determined to marry the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson, against the wishes of the Parliament, the Church and the English people. For his mother, Queen Mary, the prospect of a king abdicating his throne is too terrible to contemplate. Royce Ryton’s sensitive drama tells the story of the family at the very centre of the historic events – a family almost torn apart by the struggle between public duty and private love, leading up to the constitutional crisis and abdication of Edward VIII.

14th to 29th February 2020
Wednesday to Saturday at 8.15 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday at 2.00 pm


Ticket Bookings 1300 131552 or online click here

Single $22.00.    Groups (10 or more) $20.00 per person.    Gala Night (second Saturday) $8.00 extra per person

 

 

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WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?
by Brian Clark

Directed by Deborah Fabbro
 

A young sculptor who has been critically injured in an automobile accident has been left with an irreversible quadriplegia.  Though his condition is stable, his paralysis is permanent and requires him to stay under a long-term care facility in order to stay alive.  He is trapped inside a useless body with little enthusiasm to continue life.  He is determined to decide his own fate.  The play deals with the theme of patient’s autonomy vs. medical authority and sheds light on some legal, medical and ethical issues related to health-care.  This play puts forward critical arguments both in favour of and against euthanasia.

24th April to 9th May 2020
Wednesday to Saturday at 8.15 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday at 2.00 pm


Ticket Bookings 1300 131552 or online click here

Single $22.00.    Groups (10 or more) $20.00 per person.    Gala Night (second Saturday) $8.00 extra per person



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NOBODY'S PERFECT
by Simon Williams

Directed by Lisa McNiven
 

Harriet Copeland is running a competition at a feminist publishing house to find new romantic fiction; their motto is ‘For Women By Women’.  So Leonard Loftus is forced to submit his novel under the female pseudonym of Lulabelle Latiffa.  When Lulabelle wins the first prize, Leonard begins to have major problems which are made worse when he falls hopelessly in love with Harriet.  With domestic complications from his wayward daughter and rascally old father, he tries frantically to keep up the charade of Lulabelle.  Life can be a comedy of errors where decisions and actions can create challenges that result in beneficial outcomes – Nobody's Perfect and that’s a good thing.

26th June to 11th July 2020
Wednesday to Saturday at 8.15 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday at 2.00 pm


Ticket Bookings 1300 131552 or online click here

Single $22.00.    Groups (10 or more) $20.00 per person.    Gala Night (second Saturday)  $8.00 extra per person



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THE FLICK
by Annie Baker

Directed by Helen Ellis
     

A comedy set in a run-down movie theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The play follows the three underpaid employees, Avery, Sam and Rose.  Avery has an encyclopaedic obsession with film, and Sam has an unrequited obsession with Rose.  Together, they do the humdrum and tedious labour necessary for keeping one of the last remaining film-projector cinemas running, including mopping the floors.  Rose is also the projectionist.  They bicker, laugh and dream their way through shifts in the empty aisles.  The repetitive sweeping and mopping is dull mind-numbing work, yet it provides a space for them to banter about their favourite films, astrology and the splitting of ‘dinner money’ stolen from receipts.

28th August to 12th September 2020
Wednesday to Saturday at 8.15 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday at 2.00 pm


Ticket Bookings 1300 131552 or online click here

Single $22.00.    Groups (10 or more) $20.00 per person.    Gala Night (second Saturday) $8.00 extra per person

 

 

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NOISES OFF

by Michael Frayn

     
Directed by Gaetano Santo

A play within a play.  An ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors and the backstage ‘drama’ that develops during final rehearsals and tour.  The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy called Nothing On – a single-set farce in which lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue.  In the end, at the disastrous final performance, as the characters make their exits from Nothing On they find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage.  The two plots can be kept separate no longer, and merge into a single collective nervous breakdown.

30th October to 14th November 2020
Wednesday to Saturday at 8.15 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday at 2.00 pm


Ticket Bookings 1300 131552 or online click here

Single $22.00.    Groups (10 or more) $20.00 per person.    Gala Night (second Saturday) $8.00 extra per person



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Rehearsed Play-Readings – BOOK NOW

Malvern Theatre is very excited to announce our Rehearsed Play-Readings for 2020.  Details of the 3 plays are below – just $10 each for tickets.  You can book individually for 2nd March, 11th May, and 14th September, or take advantage of the special social media Subscription Package offer.  Save 20% off tickets if you book all three plays ($24 for 3 performances!).

Following last year's successful rehearsed play-readings, Malvern is very pleased that Horrie Leek has again agreed to direct for this year's performances.  Horrie is well known to our audiences, having most recently designed and directed 'Strangers on a Train' last year. He has already gathered some very fine actors to entertain you in this year's plays – details will be announced on our Facebook page.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Play-Readings are intended to introduce our regular patrons, and members of the wider theatre community, to plays with which they may not be familiar.  Our actors also have the opportunity to display their talents! Performances don’t include a set or costumes, and have only minimal movement on stage by the actors, but at Malvern the readings will have been rehearsed, and actors will read fully in character.  There will also be a general introduction to the play. All play readings start at our usual time of 8:15 pm.

HOME CHAT by Noël Coward – 2nd March at 8:15 pm

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Pty. Ltd.

'Home Chat' was written in 1927 and premiered in London that year. It was not a success and remained forgotten until a revival in 2016 at London’s Finborough Theatre.  The theme of feminine equality and liberation shocked some audiences at the premiere and Coward was clearly ahead of his times in writing it.  We believe that our reading is possibly the first occasion that the play has been presented on stage in Australia.

THE COCKTAIL HOUR by A R Gurney – 11th May at 8:15 pm

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Pty. Ltd.

By the author of 'Sylvia', 'The Dining Room' and 'Love Letters', our next Rehearsed Reading relates the effect on a family when the son announces that he has written a play about them. Objections and hostility ensue.

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO by Alfred Uhry –
14th September at 8:15 pm

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Pty. Ltd.

'The Last Night of Ballyhoo' is by the Pulitzer Prize Winning author of 'Driving Miss Daisy' and like that play, is set in Atlanta, Georgia. The time is 1939 and it is the World Premiere of 'Gone with the Wind', one of the greatest 'flicks' ever produced. We meet cousins, Lala and Sunny as they prepare for the movie premiere and also, for the last night of Ballyhoo, a big social event in that city.