New Theatre, in association with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, is presenting the award-winning comedy The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane, playing 7 February to 4 March 2017.

“I’m a lesbian, he’s a fag, we’re in show business, we’re a perfect couple”

Mitchell is an actor, a rising star and firmly in the closet. Diane is his wildly ambitious, take-no-prisoners agent and awards-night beard. Alex and his girlfriend Ellen are two young hustlers on the make.

Late one night, on a business trip to New York, Mitch calls for a rent boy and Alex turns up. Two worlds and four lives collide. Within days, Mitch is declaring he’s in love and planning to ‘come out’ while Diane is desperately trying to prevent him committing what she sees as career suicide.

A tale of sexual ambiguity and immoral values, this modern comedy of manners is both a scathing attack on Hollywood stereotypes and double standards and a bitingly funny yet moving portrayal of people yearning to connect.

“I’ve known of this play since before it was first presented in Sydney (by the Ensemble Theatre in 2009); in fact, I had my eye on it to produce, but they gazumped me!” says director Alice Livingstone. “So, when New Theatre was on the hunt for a play for the 2017 Mardi Gras season, I suggested it, because I thought it was time for this wonderful, funny, clever play to have another showing. I’m really pleased that Artistic Director, Louise Fischer, felt the same way and programmed it.”

Alice has a long history of producing and directing theatre for Mardi Gras: from her work with her own company Focus Theatre (Out in the OpenHandbagBlowing WhistlesBisonNatural Born Hooker and Bent) to Mother Clap’s Molly House and Privates on Parade for the New. The creative team includes Tom Bannerman (set), Louise Mason (lighting), Famke Visser (costumes) and Michael Huxley (sound).

The cast consists of Sarah Aubrey, Brett Rogers, Charles Upton and Madeline Beukers. Sarah and Brett are both NIDA grads, with extensive experience in theatre, film, tv and voiceovers, while Charles and Madeline are exciting younger talents, new to the scene.


New Theatre was the recipient of the 2016 ACON Honour AwardsTM for Arts and Entertainment. The citation read: “New Theatre has not only provided a unique platform for LGBTI stories to be told on the stage, but has also fostered the careers of hundreds of LGBTI theatre practitioners. New Theatre has been nominated for their 25-year commitment to LGBTI content and productions for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and for recognising diverse sexualities and genders as an important demographic within the theatre’s community and audience.”

We’re very proud to continue our association with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and our support of the LGBTI community with this production of The Little Dog Laughed.

SEASON:  7 February – 4 March 2017   
PERFORMANCES: Previews Tue 7 and Wed 8 February 7:30pm, Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm, Final performance Sat 4 March 2pm
TICKETS: $32 full, $27 concession, groups (10+), $25 Mardi Gras members, $17 previews, student rush, Thrifty Thursdays