Prepare yourselves for 11 marvellous shows.
There’s no doubt about it, COVID severely impacted the live events industry, including live theatre. After a difficult year, which saw the cancellation of Virginia Gay’s Cyrano, Melbourne Theatre Company is bouncing back and ready for 2022. Next year promises a year of recovery for the theatre, and 11 spectacular shows. After all, the show must go on.
Melbourne Theatre Company 2022
The 2022 season will be Artistic Director Brett Sheehy’s final year at Melbourne Theatre Company. Sheehy’s programming for next year was created with the health and survival of the company in mind. After two years of disruption, 2022 will be more important than ever.
“MTC’s long-standing role as a beacon of innovative modern storytelling is reinforced in 2022 across a season of works that will delight, inspire and enthral,” said Sheehy.
“Australian works once again feature prominently, including some making their long-awaited premieres after the disruption of recent years along with terrific commissions that have come through our NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program. These are complemented by five award-winning, extraordinary plays from the US and UK. Together, they offer a year of thrilling theatre full of fresh perspectives, pure entertainment and thought-provoking stories relevant to our 21st century lives.”
Without further ado, here are the shows for 2022:
Touching the Void
When: Jan 17 to Feb 19
What: Based on a true story, this exhilarating international hit makes its Australian premiere. Be transported to the glacial peaks of the Peruvian Andes and watch two mountain climbers make life-or-death decisions.
When: Feb 7 to Mar 5
What: This Tony Award-winning musical about growing up and coming out arrives in Melbourne after an acclaimed season in Sydney. Move between the past and the present with cartoonist Alison Bechdel, and laugh and cry your heart out in this ground-breaking musical.
When: Mar 5 to April 9
What: This provocative satire holds a mirror up to privilege and power in the education system. Follow Sherri, the head of admissions at an exclusive high school, and her husband Bill, the principal, as they try to increase the number of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. But, when their son’s Yale application is deferred, it sets of a chain of events that will test their convictions.
Slap. Bang. Kiss.
When: April 19 to April 30
What: Three young people accidentally kickstart a series of events, transforming them into global symbols of revolution. But, what will they do once next when their stories go viral and the whole world is watching?
The Heartbreak Choir
When: April 25 to May 28
What: This MTC Next Stage Commission by the late Aiden Fennessy celebrates the strength of community and music. A small group of locals come together to sing and connect in the aftermath of a tragic event. This play was developed during the summer bushfires of 2019, and grew in resonance in 2020.
The Sound Inside
When: May 20 to July 2
What: This is a literary detective piece that unfurls like a riveting novel. Two misfits find themselves in an intellectual match. This mystery will always stay one step ahead, so you won’t have any idea how it ends.
Come Rain or Come Shine
When: June 20 to July 23
What: This musical is an adaptation of Novel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s short story about music, memory and friendship. This world premiere is a funny, yet bittersweet, ode to the lifelong bonds that we form with our friends. This musical is brought to you by the team behind Ladies in Black.
When: Aug 6 to Sep 10
What: Based on Alice Pung’s award-winning book, this play is a funny look of a woman caught between culture and class. This MTC Next Stage Commission follows Lucy Lam, who wins a scholarship to a private school. Navigating a world of wealth and opportunity, she must choose between fitting in or staying true to herself.
When: Sep 24 to Oct 9
What: After being cancelled due to lockdown, Cyrano returns to the stage in 2022. This gender-flipped retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac delivers the self-aware, theatrical rom-com that we need in these times.
Girls & Boys
When: Oct 21 to Nov 26
What: This one-woman show stunned audiences in London and New York. Now, it’s here for its Australian premiere. This play explores the relationship between a witty woman and a passionate man. After a normal life together, everything takes a shocking, unexpected turn that will leave you reeling.
Sunshine Super Girl
When: Nov 9 to Dec 14
What: This heart-warming story is about Wiradjuri Australian tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Celebrate her spirit and passion over adversity and watch her journey as she skyrockets into the Number 1 tennis player in the world.
Click here to discover more details about each show for 2022 at the Melbourne Theatre Company.