'Will make you laugh, sigh, gasp, then laugh again'
'Captivating and enthralling'
'[Caroline O'Connor is] demanding, seductive, imperious, irresistible. As is the production.'
In a dark South American prison, two very different men share a small cell. Valentin is a Marxist revolutionary who refuses to betray his comrades. Molina is a window dresser who distracts himself by escaping to a fantasy world of movies starring the glamorous diva, Aurora. Valentin can’t stand Molina’s cinematic fantasies and so draws a line on the floor to stop Molina from coming near him. Surely that will keep them apart.
From Kander & Ebb, the team behind smash-hit shows Chicago and Cabaret, and acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class), comes a provocative tale of love, imagination, and the friendship that develops when humanity is pushed to its limits. It’s a powerful and emotive story made famous by the original novel and an Oscar-winning film, brought to life here as a dazzling major musical production for the first time ever in Australia.
Musical legend Caroline O’Connor (Bombshells) returns to MTC to take on the role of exotic film goddess, Aurora, in a show that’s set to sizzle and surprise, directed by Helpmann Award-winner Dean Bryant (Sweet Charity).
|Performance Type||Performance Date(s)|
|Audio Described||Saturday 7 December at 2pm
Tuesday 10 December at 6.30pm
|Tactile Tour||Prior to the Saturday 7 December performance at 1pm
|Saturday 14 December at 2pm|
Spider Woman / Aurora
Esteban / Ensemble
Marta / Ensemble
Molina's Mother / Ensemble
Marcos / Ensemble
Gabriel / Ensemble
Warden / Ensemble
Musical Director & Orchestrator
Set & Costume Designer
Voice & Dialect Coach
Assistant Director & Assistant Choreographer
Coffee in the Lounge
The Marxist and the Cineaste
Actors Ainsley Melham and Adam-Jon Fiorentino require an immense amount of trust to play the roles of Molina and Valentin in Kander and Ebb’s darkest musical. It’s a trust that came easily to the former Aladdin colleagues.
Her name is Aurora
Caroline O’Connor has played many leading ladies throughout her illustrious career, so the role of Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman – the embodiment of a multitude of leading lady archetypes – seems tailor made for her.
The dirty truth of Argentina’s Dirty War
Kiss of the Spider Woman is set in an unnamed South American jail cell, seemingly sometime in the 20th century, but the political and social reality that inspired its setting is stark: Argentina’s Dirty War.
Creating the universes of the Spider Woman
Award-winning set and costume designer Alicia Clements discusses the ‘marathon’ journey of bringing Kiss of the Spider Woman to life through costume.
Kiss of History
Kiss of the Spider Woman has had at least four different lives over its four-decade history. We take a look back at its often groundbreaking journey from page to stage to silver screen and Broadway.
Kiss of the Spider Woman Programme
Learn more about Kander & Ebb's provocative tale of love and imagination in our production programme, which can be purchased at the theatre for $2 or downloaded for free online.
Making a musical
Work experience student Jennifer Roache reflects on her week in the rehearsal room for Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Kiss of the choreographer
For choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, creating dance and movement sequences is his passion. Collaborating with artists who happen to be great friends is an added bonus.