Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2017 Season opens in 1940s style with Garson Kanin’s Broadway classic Born Yesterday a screwball romance that has plenty to say about the dark side of politics and the power of knowledge.

With MTC Associate Director Dean Bryant at the helm and a cast including Christie Whelan Browne (The Odd Couple) as Billie Dawn, Russell Dykstra¬†(Rake) as ruthless business tycoon Harry Brock and Joel Jackson (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door) as Billie’s bookish love interest, audiences will be swept up in the glamour of post-war America when the comedy masterpiece opens on Thursday 19 January at Southbank Theatre, The Sumner.

With the war over and Europe littered with a billion tons of scrap metal, junk-yard tycoon Harry Brock settles into a swank Washington hotel suite ready to grease palms and browbeat senators. Yet how can he win over Congress if his girlfriend, Billie, is always bringing down the tone? Enter Paul Verrall, a left-leaning magazine reporter, who knows enough about Washington to be cynical about the place. For a price, Verrall will teach Billie a few things, but does she have the capacity to learn? Does she ever!

January 14 – February 25