Becket

by JEAN ANOUILH
April 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30, Matinees April 22 at 4:00 and 28 at 2:00, Early April 24 at 6:30
ODEON THEATRE, Queen Street, Norwood
play originally translated by LUCIENNE HILL
performed by arrangement with ORIGINTM THEATRICAL on behalf of SAMUEL FRENCH INC

Henry II of England and his chancellor, Thomas Becket are best friends.  They share a love of hunting, wine, women –  and fighting the church.  When the old Archbishop of Canterbury dies, Henry hits on a brilliant scheme to bring the church under royal control.  He will appoint his friend as the new archbishop!

Becket is horrified, and begs Henry not to do it.  “If I become archbishop, I can no longer be your friend.”  Henry, laughingly dismisses Becket’s fears, and proceeds with his plan, thus setting in motion one of the most titanic power clashes in mediaeval England, and culminating in Becket’s martyrdom in Canterbury Cathedral.

Anouilh’s play had its London premiere in 1961, with Christopher Plummer and Eric Porter as Henry and Becket.  It was then famously filmed in 1964, with Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole, both at the height of their fame [O’Toole from Lawrence of Arabia and Burton from Cleopatra] as king and archbishop.  More recently, the play was revived with Derek Jacobi and Robert Lindsay in the roles.

This powerful play, with its two compelling central characters and its clash of ideologies is every bit as pertinent today as when it was written.  Above all, it is a brilliant piece of theatre.

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To Kill A Mockingbird

based on the novel by Harper Lee   adapted by Christopher Sergel
July 27, 28 August 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:30, Matinees July 29 at 4:00 and Aug 4 at 2:00, Early July 31 at 6:30
ARTS Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide
performed by arrangement with ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL on behalf of The Dramatic Publishing Company

‘You never really understand a person until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’

A much loved but heartbreaking tale of justice and the human spirit, as Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer in 1930s Alabama, struggles against race-prejudice, while defending a young black man accused of raping a white woman. The Pulitzer Prize winning story remains a worldwide favourite. 

Independent Theatre first staged To Kill A Mockingbird in 2007. It was an Australian Premiere and a runaway success, critically acclaimedA much loved but heartbreaking tale of justice and the human spirit, as Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer in 1930s Alabama, struggles against race-prejudice, while defending a young black man accused of raping a white woman. The Pulitzer Prize winning story remains a worldwide favourite. 

Independent Theatre first staged To Kill A Mockingbird in 2007. It was an Australian Premiere and a runaway success, critically acclaimed as ‘outstanding’ and a ‘must see’ production. The season sold out before it even opened.

Due to public demand, Independent is delighted to be bringing back this iconic classic to Adelaide with a new cast and  a fresh look. Don’t miss out this time. as ‘outstanding’ and a ‘must see’ production. The season sold out before it even opened.

Due to public demand, Independent is delighted to be bringing back this iconic classic to Adelaide with a new cast and a fresh look. Don’t miss out this time.

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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen, adapted by Rob Croser
November 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30pm, Matinees November 11 at 4:00, 17 at 2:00pm, Early November 13 at 6:30pm
Odeon Theatre, Queen Street, Norwood

Mrs Bennet is a desperate woman.

She has five daughters, and an estate that will pass to an obsequious clergyman cousin when her husband dies. So, she has to get the girls married off – as quickly, and as richly, as possible.

When two wealthy bachelors move into the area, she is ecstatic, and tries to arrange introductions before any of the other mothers can get to them.

When her brilliant daughter, Lizzy, meets aristocratic Mr Darcy, she immediately thinks him proud and arrogant. While being fascinated by Lizzy’s quickness of wit, Darcy finds her opinionated and abrasive.

When Lizzy learns that Mr Darcy has sabotaged the romance between her sister Jane and his friend, Mr Bingley, she is determined to hate Darcy more than ever.

In the sparkling social satire that follows, Jane Austen’s best-loved work exposes the folly of judging by first impressions, balancing comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight. 

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