Maitland Repertory turns 70

Staging a celebration

MAITLAND Repertory Theatre will celebrate its 70th year in 2017 with an interesting collection of plays, opening with a stage adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Strangers on a Train that was the basis of a classic Alfred Hitchcock film.

The story has two male passengers meeting and talking on a train, with one, Bruno, saying seemingly joking to the other, Guy, that if they took each other’s place they could get away with anything, even murder. Guy doesn’t take him seriously, but subsequent events show Bruno wasn’t joking. Directed by Steve Ryan, it plays at Maitland Repertory’s theatre from February 15 to March 4.

The other plays are:

Don’t Dress for Dinner, by Marc Camoletti (author of Boeing-Boeing), directed by Christopher Briggs. April 26 - May 13. Comedy about a married man whose romantic weekend with his mistress goes haywire.

Peter Pan, the classic J.M. Barrie story about three children going to Neverland with the title flying boy. July 7 - 23.

Love’s Labours Lost, staged for Reamus Youth Theatre by Liam Walsh and Joanne McAndrews. Shakespeare comedy about four men promising to avoid romance while they study, then having second thoughts when attractive women arrive. August 11 -26.

The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Lesley and Guil Noronha. Moving drama based on the true story of a Jewish girl and her family hiding from Nazis in World War II. September 20 – October 7.

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