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Sydney theatre in February

Here's what and who to check out on Sydney stages this month – and where to find 'em
How to Rule the World Sydney Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Rene Vaile
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Sydney Festival has now wrapped up, but theatre companies all across the city are kicking into top gear with high profile shows. Sydney Theatre Company starts its year with plays from some kick-ass women (Nakkiah Lui and Kate Mulvany) while Belvoir is bringing a whole soccer team of young girls to its mainstage. And with Mardi Gras taking over the city for much of the month, there's plenty of killer queer performance happening.

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Musicals

Theatre, Musicals

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

icon-location-pin Capitol Theatre, Haymarket
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Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a bit of a chequered past as a stage musical. It opened in a huge, lavish production on London’s West End in 2013, and although sheer spectacle helped it run three years, it wasn’t exactly a smash hit, and reviews were lukewarm.

Time Out says
The Sapphires Hit Productions 2019
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Theatre, Drama

The Sapphires

icon-location-pin Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
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Eight years before The Sapphires became a hit 2012 film starring Jessica Mauboy, it was a hugely popular play, telling the story of a group of Yorta Yorta women who form a girl group and travel to Vietnam in 1968 to perform soul classics for the troops.

Mainstage

How to Rule the World Sydney Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Rene Vaile
Theatre, Drama

How to Rule the World

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Nakkiah Lui (Blackie Blackie Brown) is set to star in her own play at Sydney Theatre Company alongside Michelle Lim Davidson and Anthony Taufa as three political staffers from different cultural backgrounds who want to get into power and effect real change.

Dead Cat Bounce Griffin Theatre 2019
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Theatre, Drama

Dead Cat Bounce

icon-location-pin SBW Stables Theatre - Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst
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Australian playwright Mary Rachel Brown wrote one of the most successful plays to ever come out of Griffin Theatre Company’s independent season, The Dapto Chaser. Now she’s had a play picked up for the company's mainstage season which tells the story of a woman (played by Kate Cheel) in a relationship with a man 20 years her senior who has a problem with alcohol.

Opera

La Boheme 2017 Opera Australia production still feat cast photographer credit Prudence Upton
Photograph: Prudence Upton
Theatre

La bohème

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Powerhouse combo director Gale Edwards and designer Brian Thomson (HOSH's Carmen) created this production for Opera Australia's 2011 season – and it has proved a popular hit. Some love La bohème, some loathe it – but there's no doubt that there's plenty of those Puccini earworms, and plenty of romance, sex, tragedy and comedy.

Turandot Opera Australia 2019
Photograph: Georges Antoni, Simon Rae
Theatre

Turandot

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Director and choreographer Graeme Murphy's 1990 take on Turandot is one of Opera Australia's true evergreen productions. Almost three decades after its premiere, it still looks fabulous, driven by dance and and an otherworldly design. 

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