MTC announces season 2011

October 10 / 46

Geoffrey Rush as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest
Geoffrey Rush as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest

Melbourne Theatre Company launched its Season 2011 program last month,  the last for Artistic Director Simon Phillips.

Mr Phillips' final season will feature 12 world-class plays, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Next to Normal, the first play by Australian novelist Tim Winton and a revival of his acclaimed 1988 production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest,  with Geoffrey Rush as Lady Bracknell.

The Melbourne Theatre Company was established in 1953 as the University's Union Theatre Repertory Company. Since then, the company has grown into a separate department of the University, and Victoria’s principal theatre company.

Season 2011 will also see University alumna Lally Katz make her MTC debut with a new play, Return to Earth.

A Creative Arts graduate, Ms Katz has become one of the most successful young Melbourne playwrights, recognised for her off-beat writing and skewed perspective of the world.

MTC will also produce three smaller-scale productions in the Lawler Studio, including several sharp, contemporary dramas.

As a department of the University, MTC offers the University community great deals on subscriptions.

Permanent staff can salary sacrifice the cost of an MTC subscription to the annual FBT limit of $1,332. Details on salary sacrificing a 2011 subscription can be found at: http://www.mtc.com.au/unimelbstaff.aspx.

Under 30s also receive subscription discounts – a twelve-play package is only $240 – which is only $20 per play.

MTC subscriptions are now on sale. For more information about MTC and Season 2011, visit www.mtc.com.au, or request a brochure, 8688 0900.

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