WORLD STAGES: Rupert, Melbourne Theatre Company (Australia)
U.S. PREMIERE! David Williamson, Australia's best-known and most prolific playwright, takes on Rupert Murdoch, one of the greatest media moguls of all time, in a riveting new production guaranteed to make headlines.
- Mar. 12 - 15, 2014
- Eisenhower Theater
- 2 hours, 40 minutes
- $29.00 - $69.00
Melbourne Theatre Company
by David Williamson
Directed by Lee Lewis
An absorbing, very funny, very theatrical production.
An entertaining and welcome turn from one of our best-known playwrights."
--Time Out (Melbourne)
Watch a preview of the show.
David Williamson, one of Australia's most acclaimed and prolific playwrights, takes on Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful media magnates in modern history, in this new commission from Australia's oldest professional theater company. Directed by Lee Lewis and featuring an ensemble cast in multiple roles, Rupert is a timely, unconventional, revue-style imagining of the life and times of this influential yet elusive man who has shaped our world. In his stellar rise to the top, watch as Rupert tap dances (sometimes literally!) his way through his first newspaper acquisitions, discoes toward his American breakthrough, shares a fiery flamenco with Margaret Thatcher, and charms some of the most colorful characters of the 20th century. But what happens when the man behind the news suddenly becomes the news? Rupert explores the answer with "tiny strokes of fourth-wall-breaking comic genius" (Australia's ArtsHub).
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion: March 13
In English. Recommended for age 15 and up.
Performance Timing: 2 hours, 40 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.
Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014
- David Williamson, playwright
- Lee Lewis, director
- Sean O'Shea, Rupert
- Guy Edmonds, Young Rupert
- Marg Downey
- Daniela Farinacci
- Simon Gleeson
- Bert LaBonté
- HaiHa Le
- Scott Sheridan
- Stephen Curtis, set, costume and a.v. designer
- Niklas Pajanti, lighting designer
- Kelly Ryall, composer
- Chris Mead, dramaturg
- Clare Watson, assistant director
- Andrew Hallsworth, choreographer
- Anna McCrossin-Owen, voice and dialect coach
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Major support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International government support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, the Embassy of Israel in the United States, the Canada Council for the Arts, The National Theatre of Iceland, and the Japan Foundation.
Major support for education and related artistic programming is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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