Come Rain or Come Shine

20 June — 23 July 2022

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

The Helpmann Award-winning team behind the smash hit Ladies in Black returns with a sweetly stirring new boutique musical, an adaptation of Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s wildly comic short story about music, memory and lifelong friendship.

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This is rated 5 out of 5 stars

‘Probably the best Aussie musical since Priscilla.’

The Age (on Ladies in Black)
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‘A very funny narrative ... Exquisite.’

Kirkus Review (on Kazuo Ishiguro’s original story of Come Rain or Come Shine)

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Helpmann Award-winning team behind the smash hit Ladies in Black returns with a sweetly stirring new boutique musical, Come Rain or Come Shine. An adaptation of Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s wildly comic short story about music, memory and lifelong friendship, this world premiere will feature the incredible talents of Simon Gleeson (An Ideal Husband) and Chris Ryan (Shakespeare in Love).

Ray, Emily and Charlie have been the best of friends since university. As students, Ray and Emily bonded over their mutual adoration of the Great American Songbook, while Emily fell in love with Ray’s roommate, Charlie – despite his terrible taste in music. Nearly thirty years later, Emily and Charlie are happily married and there’s always a bed for Ray at their place when he visits from overseas. But on Ray's latest sojourn, Charlie has a favour to ask that could change everything.

Directed by Simon Phillips, with book by Carolyn Burns and original songs by Tim Finn, Come Rain or Come Shine is an MTC NEXT STAGE commission. A funny, bittersweet ode to the bonds that tie us together, even when life seems more cloudy than sunny, it’s sure to be a cherished adaptation of a remarkable literary gem.

 



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Come Rain or Come Shine was commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, The Myer Foundation, Malcolm Robertson Foundation and The University of Melbourne.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 9 July at 2pm
Tursday 12 July at 2pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Saturday 9 July, before the 2pm performance
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 16 July at 2pm
Simon Gleeson

Simon Gleeson

Ray

Artwork for Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan

Charlie

Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips

Director

Artwork for Isaac Hayward

Isaac Hayward

Orchestration & Additional Music

Artwork for Jack Earle

Jack Earle

Musical Director

Dale Ferguson

Dale Ferguson

Set Designer

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006