Based on the life of Laura Kieler, a close friend of Henrik Ibsen’s, and first performed in 1879, A Doll’s House initially met with controversy over the way it criticises nineteenth-century marital norms. Ibsen confronts the problems with an exclusively male society, and a woman’s place within that.
Thought to have been first performed in 1606 as a response to the Gunpowder Plot against James I, and William Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth is a story of power, ambition, witchcraft and murder.
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a partially fictionalised telling of the Salem witch trials of 1692/3. Accusations of witchcraft following a game played by the daughters of a Massachusetts village spiral out of control and many must choose between their reputations and their integrity.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. Shakespeare combined theatricality, Greek mythology and the supernatural to create what is arguably his most playfully imaginative work.
On the eve of the wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta, four lovers find themselves at the mercy of the fairies in the Athenian woods. Interconnecting with a ramshackle group of players rehearsing a play for the celebrations, the stories and confusions interweave and finally resolve.
In a 1950s Italian-American neighbourhood, a stone's throw from the Brooklyn Bridge, live Eddie and Beatrice, with their orphaned niece Catherine. The depth and darkness of Eddie's feelings towards the girl set in motion a chain of events that propels one of Miller's most iconic tragic heroes towards his undoing.
Antigone is the narrative conclusion of Sophocles' three Theban Plays, dealing with the the fates of Oedipus and his offspring. Denied the rite by the state to bury her battle-fallen brother, Antigone is compelled to defy her city and her king, in order to fulfil her duty to family and to the gods.
Often dubbed part of Lorca's Rural Trilogy, Blood Wedding is a deeply cynical and confrontational piece of theatre. The Mother, The Bride, The Beggar Woman, The Neighbour, The Maid and The Moon - the characters in Federico Garcia Lorca's story operate as the largely nameless vehicles driving forward the play's themes of fate, betrayal, choice and consequence, towards an inevitably tragic conclusion.
Christopher Marlowe's most renowned play, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, was first published in England in 1604. It tells the German story of a curious and brilliant doctor, whose fascination with dark magic leads him to make a pact with the devil.
Hedda Gabler is in no doubt that, in marrying George Tesman, she has plummeted through the ranks of late Nineteenth Century Norwegian society. As we watch Hedda struggle to cling on to her status, her situation and her sanity, old secrets are dragged into the drawing room and old habits die hard.
Aristophanes' comic play Lysistrata was first performed in Athens in 411 BC. It is the story of one woman's quest to end the Peloponnesian War, armed only with her femininity and cunning. Lysistrata is often considered an early critique of gender relations in a patriarchal society.
Long before Sydney as we know it found its feet, stood an Eighteenth Century penal colony, wherein a marine lieutenant decides to enlist the beaten and starving English immigrant convicts to put on a play. The civilising influence of theatre is marvelllously juxtaposed with the brutality that had to be overcome to birth a new kind of civilisation, in Timberlake Wertenbaker's iconic origin story.