Brilliant Stoppard comedy comes to Melbourne for a limited season
comedy Travesties will have a limited Bloomsday season in June at fortyfivedownstairs. It has all the hallmarks of Stoppard’s style – playfully extravagant theatricality, an historical
occasion, and wit.
In 1974 it won the Tony Award for Best Play and in 2016 in London it broke box office records before transferring to a larger theatre. Loosely based on historical events, the play brings literary master James Joyce writing Ulysses, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin and Romanian art anarchist Tristan Tzara together in Zurich in 1917.
The main character, Henry Carr, is a British consular official in Zurich, who took
Joyce to court over payment for a pair of trousers for his role as Algernon in a production of
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Carr’s unreliable memory gave Stoppard the excuse he needs to have his historical figures double as characters in Wilde’s witty
masterpiece, leading to some truly inspired theatrical mayhem.
Jennifer Sarah Dean trained at London’s Globe Theatre and founded the Melbourne
Shakespeare Company. She will direct Travesties for Bloomsday, the annual celebration of Joyce.
Since 2016 she has notched up seven sold-out Shakespeare productions across Melbourne, co-directed an Australian national tour, and directed shows at the
Athenaeum Theatre, the Ripponlea Ballroom, and Holy Cow! at fortyfivedownstairs for
Bloomsday 2018. Bloomsday in Melbourne, internationally recognised for its Joyce-inspired theatre since 1994, is thrilled to be bringing Joyce to local audiences via this accessible and witty classic of modern British theatre.
Where: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
When: Wednesday 12 June to Sunday 23 June 2019
How to book: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com or call 9662 9966