Geoffrey Rush is set to play the slave Pseudolus in the classic Stephen Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Forum debuted on Broadway in 1962, ran for 964 performances and won several Tony Awards, including best musical and best book.

Simon Phillips will direct a Melbourne-only season with renowned Producer  John Frost.  The two have recently paired on An Officer and a Gentleman which just opened in Sydney.

The Sondheim musical is expected to open at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre in November.