What better way for Sydney Theatre Company (STC) to mark its grand, post-lockdown return than with one of the grandest plays of all time? Artistic director Kip Williams ushers audiences back into the Wharf with the back-stabbing drama of Shakespeare’s magnificent Julius Caesar. Running from November 15 to December 24, it will be their very first show to be performed in the round, thanks to the flexibility of the new renos. And sheesh, what a cast he has assembled, with Geraldine Hakewill (The Real Thing), Ewen Leslie (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) and Zahra Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) taking on every single role between them in a triumvirate of power of which the long-dead would-be emperor would surely approve. We join the drama just as restless daggers are being sharpened, with Caesar’s many military victories no means to allay fears that the power has gone to his increasingly swollen head. It’s the birth of the Roman Empire, for sure, but *SPOILERS* he ain’t gonna live to see it.
When Hamilton became the first blockbuster show to raise the curtain earlier this year, after months of stages lying dormant with only ghost lights to illuminate them, it was unimaginably joyous for theatre lovers who had been starved for almost a year. And then the current lockdown kicked in and it all disappeared once more.
But the fab news is Sydneysiders got vaccinated in droves, with cast and crews back where they belong. Reduced capacityies and mandatory mask-wearing is a small price to pay to see Broadway smashes like Come From Away and Jagged Little Pill the Musical join Lin Manuel Miranda's blockbuster. They're joined by an encore run of West End hit Six the Musical and also fresh new looks at classics in Julius Caesar and Death of a Salesman.
And there's so much more to come. Read on for our guide to what's heading your way very soon.