Rupert

24 August — 28 September 2013

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‘Williamson has no peer in depicting modern life.’The Age
‘Rupert Murdoch is the most admired – and feared – media mogul of all time.’Business Review Australia

The eagerly anticipated new play from the pen of Australia’s best-known playwright has arrived! Featuring a brilliant ensemble cast, Rupert is an unconventional, revue-style exposition of the life and times of Keith Rupert Murdoch – the most powerful media magnate in modern history.

Watch as Rupert tap-dances (sometimes literally!) his way through his first newspaper acquisitions, discos towards his American breakthrough, shares a fiery flamenco with Margaret Thatcher, and charms some of the most colourful characters of the 20th Century in his stellar rise to the top. But what happens when the man behind the news suddenly becomes the news?

This exhilarating new production premieres at MTC before touring to America in 2014, so don’t miss your chance to see the show before it takes the world by storm.

Read more:
David Williamson, Lee Lewis, and Sean O’Shea talk to The Age about Rupert.

Rehearsal images: Gina Milicia

Artwork for Marg Downey

Marg Downey

Ensemble

Artwork for Guy Edmonds

Guy Edmonds

Young Rupert

Artwork for Daniela Farinacci

Daniela Farinacci

Ensemble

Artwork for Simon Gleeson

Simon Gleeson

Ensemble

Artwork for Bert LaBonté

Bert LaBonté

Artwork for HaiHa Le

HaiHa Le

Ensemble

Artwork for Sean O’Shea

Sean O’Shea

Rupert

Artwork for Scott Sheridan

Scott Sheridan

Ensemble

Artwork for Lee Lewis

Lee Lewis

Director

Artwork for Stephen Curtis

Stephen Curtis

Set, Costume and AV Designer

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Composer

Artwork for Clare Watson

Clare Watson

Assistant Director

Artwork for Chris Mead

Chris Mead

Dramaturg

Chris is Literary Director of Melbourne Theatre Company. He has been the inaugural Artistic Director of PlayWriting Australia; Literary Manager of Company B Belvoir; Curator of the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference; Festival Director of the International Festival for Young Playwrights; and Wharf 2LOUD Producer and Literary Manager of Sydney Theatre Company. His recent directing credits include Ian Wilding’s Rare Earth (NIDA 2011) and Quack (Griffin 2010); and Damien Millar’s The Modern International Dead (Griffin 2008), which won Best New Play at the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Awards and the WA Premier’s Literary Award, as well as being shortlisted for the NSW, Queensland and Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Chris has a PhD from Sydney University, was awarded an inaugural Dramaturgy Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts in 2004 and was selected to attend New Visions New Voices at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center in 2008. His monograph What is an Australian Play? on institutional racism and outreach strategies was published by Currency House in June, 2008; and he has recently written introductions to Currency Press volumes by Lachlan Philpott and Lally Katz.

In 2009, Chris was named as one of Sydney’s 100 Creative Catalysts as part of the Creative Sydney Festival. He sat on the steering committee for the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum and on the Board of Arena Theatre Company from 2008-13, is on the artistic directorate of Hothouse Theatre, and has just joined the Board of Theatre Network Victoria.

Artwork for Anna McCrossin-Owen

Anna McCrossin-Owen

Voice and Dialect Coach

Artwork for Andrew Hallsworth

Andrew Hallsworth

Choreographer