Ensemble Theatre, Australia’s longest continuously running, professional theatre which has staged 473 plays, has had only three Artistic Directors, has had some of Australia’s greatest actors perform and has presented some of the world’s most famous plays will celebrate 60 years on May 11.
Since Ensemble Theatre was first formed in 1958, 3.8 million people have helped make Ensemble a thriving and dynamic theatre.
“The much-loved Ensemble Theatre has mounted plays written by some of the best international playwrights and our best Australian writers in its 60 year history. We’ve had 106 World Premieres and 186 Australian Premieres “said Mark Kilmurry, Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre.
Ensemble Theatre has mounted plays by Alan Ayckbourn, Neil Simon, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Peter Ustinov, Bernard Shaw, Arthur Miller, Henrik Ibsen, Mike Leigh, Tom Stoppard, D. H. Lawrence, Willy Russell, David Hare, Harold Pinter and Rebecca Gilman and Australian writers, David Williamson, Vanessa Bates, Debra Oswald, Kate Mulvany, Joanna Murray-Smith, Nick Enright, Kit Brookman, John Misto, Geoffrey Atherden and Reg Livermore. Some of Australia’s most famous actors have performed at Ensemble including Russell Crowe, Rachel Ward, Jacki Weaver, Helen Morse, Tara Morice, Penny Cook, Max Gillies, David Field, Mark Lee, Kate Fitzpatrick, Amanda Muggleton, Kate Raison, John Bell, John Gaden, Michael Ross, Reg Livermore, Lorraine Bayly, Max Cullen, Andrew McFarlane, Greta Scacchi, Genevieve Lemon, Sharon Millerchip, Peter Kowitz, Darren Gilshenan, Garry McDonald, Georgie Parker and Todd McKenney. International plays including A Street Car Named Desire (Tennessee Williams), Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine (Willy Russell), Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge and All My Sons (Arthur Miller), Barefoot in the Park (Neil Simon), Betrayal (Harold Pinter), Clybourne Park (Bruce Norris), Diplomacy (Cyril Gély) and ART (Yazmina Reza) have been enjoyed by more than three million people over the 60 years.
“We are committed to presenting the best of international plays, popular classics and new Australian works. Each season we pride ourselves on delivering powerful, memorable and engaging live theatre of the highest standard and have a commitment towards supporting emerging artists, gender equality and indigenous voices making a theatre space for everyone ” added Mark Kilmurry.
During 2018 Ensemble [Facebook] will stage Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, Unqualified by Genevieve Hegney and Catherine Moore, The Widow Unplugged by Reg Livermore, who was a Founding Member of Ensemble, Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman and The Norman Conquests – a trilogy – by Alan Ayckbourn.