THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
BY RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN
28 APRIL – 30 MAY 2015
A hedonistic society consumed by gossip, ambition and greed forms the backdrop for this delicious, witty comedy of manners.
Two brothers, one an amiable rake, the other a sanctimonious cad, are tested by their wealthy uncle to determine which is the more trustworthy; and crusty old fool-in-love tries to tame his feisty, much-younger wife.
Amidst the hilarity, the plots and subplots and many tangled webs lurks a cast of characters whose names say it all: Lady Teazle, Lady Sneerwell, Mrs Candour, Surface, Backbite, Snake … There is much deception, double-dealing and backstabbing but virtue wins out over vice in the end.
This production will bring a contemporary vision to an 18th century classic. Human nature doesn’t change: the foibles and desires on display in this world of hypocritical scandal-mongering are all too recognizable and make Sheridan’s satirical morality play a timeless joy.
“A comic masterpiece … provocative and intelligent” The Independent
Director David Burrowes
Dramaturg Michael Collins
Production Designer Isabella Andronos
Sound Designer Ryan Devlin
Lighting Designer Alex Berlage
Assistant Director John Ma
Set Assistant Mariya Tkachenko
Costume Assistant Katie Campbell
Production Manager Eliza Oliver
Stage Manager Bronte Axam
Assistant Stage Manager Keziah Knight
Tel Benjamin, Richard Cotter, Sasha Dyer, Peter Flett, Emma Harvie, Rhys Keir, Chantel Leseberg, Moreblessing Maturure, Lillian Silk, Marty O’Neill, Nick Rowe, Billie Scott, Eleanor Stankiewicz, Samantha Ward, Jacob Warner, Madeleine Withington
Previews Tue 28 Apr & Wed 29 Apr 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance, Sat 30 May 5pm
Running time: approx. 3 hours with an interval
Full $32 | Concession $27 | Groups (10+) $27 | Members $22 | Previews $17 | Student Rush $17 | Thrifty Thursdays $17
Bold stage design and strong ideas characterize this production … speaks so clearly to our own peccadilloes … Sheridan’s 1777 satire on the affairs of the idle rich and a schadenfreude-addicted chattering class feels #verynow, #verysydney” Jason Blake, SMH
“Sheridan’s clever script is combined with fabulous use of the space and physical comedy in this well paced tight performance which garners roars of laughter. This is a fabulous night of entertainment.” BroadwayWorld.com
Photos © Bob Seary
Main image © Richard Hedger