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Vic Theatre Company presents

Two incredible shows not to miss

 

THE LAST 5 YEARS

25 November to 11 December

 AND

THE GATHERING

26 November to 10 December

 

45 Downstairs

Directed by CHRIS PARKER,

Musical Direction by Daniel Puckey

Design by Daniel Harvey

Produced by Vic Theatre Company

 

THE LAST 5 YEARS
Starring VERITY HUNT-BALLARD AND JOSH PITERMAN

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THE GATHERING

Starring Joel Granger, Olivia Charalambous, Daniel Assetta, Hannah Sullivan McInerney, Daniel Cosgrove and Shannen Alyce-Quan

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Vic Theatre is proud to announce two shows at one of Melbourne’s most renowned and multi-faceted hubs 45 Downstairs, The Gathering and The Last Five Years.

This unique presentation will see two shows play in the same theatre at alternating times.

 

 

THE GATHERING. Thanks to the support of the City of Melbourne, Belinda Jenkin and William Hannagan are thrilled that their show will have its first professional staging in Melbourne produced by Vic Theatre Company and directed by Chris Parker at 45 Downstairs from November the 26th until December the 11th under the new name of ‘The Gathering.’

The Gathering by William Hannagan and Belinda Jenkin, first premiered in 2011 as ‘House Warming’ and was praised by critics as being ‘smart and spirited…musically complex…multi layered and accomplished…news, fast moving, impressive musical story telling’ (The Age), and ‘heart-warming to wrenching, to youthfully optimistic all in the same show’ (Theatre Press). In 2014, HouseWarming was presented in New York at Theatre Row, 42nd Street as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, with the support of Arts Victoria and the Anna Sosenko Trust.

The story is set on a dark and windy night. A summer storm is brewing. Six young friends gather for their first night in an old, rickety house – and the promise of a new start.  It’s a house haunted by atrocities from the past, a house where no one’s secrets are safe, where any one of their histories could tear this group apart. But Tom is determined to fix his past mistakes: right old wrongs and revive old relationships. He won’t run away. Not again. Will these friendships survive the night or will the whispering walls cause a rift no amount of shared history can overcome?

“The Gathering is the future of Music Theatre in this country. Smart, Slick and Witty, it’s a new voice for the new generation” – Glenn Ferguson – Vic Theatre Company

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THE LAST 5 YEARS which opens on the 25th November is based on a couple, once inspired by each other’s dreams,  trying to stay connected as their paths begin to divide? Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed 2001 musical, The Last 5 Years, returns to Melbourne with an all-star duo of two-time Helpmann Award winner Verity Hunt-Ballard (Sweet Charity, Mary Poppins) and Green Room Award Winner Josh Piterman (CATS, West Side Story).

The Last 5 Years tells the story of two twenty-somethings who fall in – and out – of love. Jamie (Piterman), an up-and-coming writer, struggles to balance his sudden success with his increasingly tumultuous love life. Meanwhile, Cathy (Hunt-Ballard), an aspiring actress, deals with the frustrations of her own career while watching her husband succeed from the sidelines. Jason Robert Brown’s much-loved musical looks forwards and backwards at the ups and downs of modern love and life.

“Josh and Verity are both dear friends of mine, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work on this piece with them. 45 downstairs is a beautifully intimate space, which will really serve this production.” – Chris Parker – Director

 

 

SEASON DETAILS

The Gathering

Venue: 45 Downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Dates: 26th November to 11th December

Times: November 26th 4.00pm, 27th 3.00pm, 30th 7.30pm

December2nd 7.30pm, 3rd 8.30pm, 4th 3.00pm, 6th 7.30pm, 8th 7.30pm, 10th 8.30pm, 11th 7.30pm

Tickets: $38-$42

Bookings: fortyfivedownstairs.com or 03 9662 9966

Running time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes – Including 20 min Intermission

 

The Last 5 Years

Venue: 45 Downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Dates: 25th November to 11th December

Times: November25th 7.30pm, 26th 8.30pm, 27th 7.30pm, 29th 7.30pm

December1st 7.30pm, 3rd 4.00pm 4th 7.30pm, 7th 7.30pm, 9th 7.30pm, 10th 4.00pm, 11th 3pm.

Tickets: $45-$50

Bookings: fortyfivedownstairs.com or 03 9662 9966

Running time:   1 Hour 30 Minutes – No intermission

 

 

Visit www.victheatrecompany.com for more information

 

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