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Thrones! The Musical Parody
The night is dark, and full of... jazz hands. A far cry from Westeros’s blood-soaked wedding venues and questionable leadership choices, Thrones! The Musical Parody is a retelling of the epic story you know in a tone you don’t. It follows a group of Game of Thrones fans as they attempt to cheer up their friend, Linda (the only one among them who hasn’t seen the show) in the wake of her divorce by re-enacting all eight seasons – yup, it will include the final one! Shenanigans unfold as the group works through the overarching story and a cast of over 40 characters, singing catchy original showtunes with titles including ‘Stabbin'’, 'Hold the Door' and ‘You Know Nothing’. The show arrives brandishing five-star reviews from the Edinburgh Festival, where it has played for four consecutive years. It will premiere in Sydney on Wednesday, June 5 at the Playhouse and run for three weeks. Luckily, you don't have to pay the iron price – tickets start at $45 per person plus an $8.50 booking fee. Book yours on the Sydney Opera House website.
Judith Lucy Vs Men
There's a dilemma at the centre of Judith Lucy's show: should she continue to date men, despite her horrifying record, or, at 50, should she “hang up her vagina for good?” After a sell-out run in the Playhouse during February, she is returning for a final show in the Concert Hall On March 22. And you’ll be given the rare opportunity to have a hand in the fate of the popular comedian’s future romantic forays. “Because I have been doing this ridiculous job for so damn long, I’m in this really lucky position where some people have been coming to see me for a long time, and they know what’s going on in my life. And you know what? I want their input,” she says. So at the end of each show – after recounting her various relationships with men, well-worn stereotypes and her own desires, – Lucy will be asking audiences to vote on whether or not she should keep dating. Judith Lucy Vs Men is her first solo show since the Helpmann Award-winning Ask No Questions of the Moth in 2015, which you may have also caught on Stan in their One Night Stan series. If you managed to nab a ticket to her 2017 show with friend Denise Scott, you’ll know exactly why they’ve rightfully earned the People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. This show will be no less of a good time and its return to the Sydney Opera House is for one-night only. Head along if you're a fan of her trademark hilariously droll style – or even if you're not and just want to hold her future happiness in your hands.
Man of Constant Sorrow: A Tribute to the Music from O Brother Where Art Thou?
The Grammy-winning songs from the Coen Brothers’ modern classic movie O Brother Where Art Thou? will be played live at the City Recital Hall on Saturday, March 23. If you’ve been lacking a bit of banjo, fiddle or washboard in your life, this will be the perfect night out, and it comes with a line-up of local and award-winning blues and grassroots acts. Golden Guitar-nominated seven-piece the Morrisons will be joined by ARIA-award winners All Our Exes Live in Texas, alternative acoustic local duo Diamond Duck, musical-comedian Luke Escombe and Canadian-born musician Brian Campeau. Comedian and ABC mainstay Tommy Dean will be on hosting duties. The venue is famous for perfect acoustics, so you're in for an aural treat with this performance of the bluegrass, country, gospel, blues and folk music from the film. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss the chance to see this joyous and passionate collaboration, part of City Recital Hall’s 2019 season. Standard tickets range from $45-$55 and concession from $40-$50, with a discount for City Recital Hall members. Under thirties are lucky enough to get away with admission for $40, not including transaction fees.
Any Australian theatre geek worth their salt knows Bell Shakespeare. Its productions of the theatre world’s classics are renowned, and this March it's putting on the hilarious comedy of manners by French playwright, Molière, The Miser. First performed in 1668, The Miser follows the story of Harpagon, a tight-fisted and money-hungry man who loves cash more than he loves his own children. He’ll do anything to hold on to every last penny in his possession, and when Harpagon sets his sights on an inappropriately young woman (who is herself interested in Harpagon’s son) hilarity and antics ensue. If this hasn’t sold you already then you may be interested to know that the production team includes director Peter Evans, Bell Shakespeare’s founder and actor, John Bell; as well as a cast of seasoned veterans including Michelle Doake, Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Elizabeth Nabben, Sean O’Shea, Jamie Oxenbould, Russel Smith, Damien Strouthos and Jessica Tovey. This version of the play has been translated by the celebrated playwright Justin Fleming, earning the already funny premise a delightful Australian twang. The production will be housed at the Sydney Opera House, opening March 2 and running for a little over a month as it closes on April 6 before heading to Canberra and Melbourne. Book your tickets at the Bell Shakespeare website. But be quick, this show is a barrell of laughs and is bound to sell out quick.