Helena Rubinstein’s towering makeup empire is under constant threat. Staving off cunning attacks from her rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon, she holds fast to the principles that got her to the top: thrift, ruthlessness and a take-no-prisoners steely resolve. But when she finds an unlikely confidante in personal assistant Patrick, it dawns on her that perhaps she isn’t such a hardened business woman after all.
In John Misto’s uproarious new play, Rubinstein’s astonishing career is charted from humble beginnings in country Victoria to the intoxicating heights of international success. It’s a match made in heaven as the glorious Amanda Muggleton returns to the Ensemble stage as one of the most terrifying yet oddly endearing icons of the makeup industry.
It’s rare for a new Australian play to have a London season before it’s even premiered in Australia. We are delighted to announce that John Misto’s LIP SERVICE will open at the Park Theatre in London, playing a 5 week season from April 26, 2017. Miriam Margolyes will be playing the role of Helena Rubinstein in the London production.
“Funny, lively and bitchy… with moments of poignancy that emerge to offer some balance and gravitas… (A) profusion of one-liners that tickle, sting and amuse.” Suzy goes see (for Dark Voyager)
“An important Australian play that pulls no punches… theatrically and historically compelling.”
Stage Whispers (for The Shoe-Horn Sonata)
FROM: AUGUST 17
DIRECTED BY: NICOLE BUFFONI
CAST INCLUDES: TIM DRAXL, AMANDA MUGGLETON
RUNNING TIME: APPROX 2 HRS (INCLUDING INTERVAL)
POST SHOW Q&A:
FRIDAY, 01 SEPT 8:15PM
WEDNESDAY, 13 SEPT, 11:00AM
THURSDAY, 28 SEPT, 11:00AM