The original diva. The greatest dramatic soprano of her generation. After a sensational career that saw her become the undisputed star of the world’s greatest Opera Houses including, La Scala and The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Maria Callas accepts an invitation to conduct a series of master classes to a select group of young vocal students at the Juilliard School in New York.
In Terrence McNally’s extraordinary theatrical tribute, Callas takes centre-stage one more time, as she passes on to her students, and to us, the experiences and lessons of a lifetime. We witness her passion and commitment and realise the uniqueness of her great talent as she cajoles and lectures her students, delivering wisdom and insults in true diva style.
Amanda Muggleton is one of Australia’s greatest and most loved actresses. In a career that spans over 4 decades, Amanda has more than 50 theatre, film and television credits to her name including her long running role of Chrissie Latham in Prisoner, and on stage, starring in Shirley Valentine, Hello Dolly!, Entertaining Mr Sloane, HMS Pinafore, Calendar Girls, Blood Brothers, Steaming and The Seagull.
Starring Amanda Muggleton as Maria Callas
Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher, The King’s Head Theatre London
with Will Conyers as Emmanuel “Manny” Weinstock, Accompanist
Kala Gare as Sophie De Palma, First Soprano
Jessica Boyd as Sharon Graham, Second Soprano
Rocco Speranza as Anthony “Tony” Candolino, Tenor
16 November – 02 December 2017 at Subiaco Arts Centre – Perth WA
5th – 27th January 2018 at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler – Melbourne VIC
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