Wooden Horse Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co presents
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Director - Helen Dallimore
Assistant Director/Choreographer - Cameron Mitchell
Production Designer - Hugh O'Connor
Lighting Designer - Christopher Page
Co-Musical Directors - Hayden Barltrop & Glenn Moorhouse
Sound Designer - Jeremy Silver
Stage Manager - Lauren Tulloh
Executive Producer - Troy Wilkie
Producer - Jai Higgs
With Laurence Coy, Martin Crewes, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Jonathan Hickey, Garry Scale
Whimsical, poignant, and romantic, The Fantasticks is an allegorical story that focuses on two young lover's, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the highs of passion, the challenges of distance and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love.
In a theatrical and inventive fashion, our gallant and enigmatic narrator - El Gallo - introduces us to a pair of young lovers - Matt and Luisa - who experience the magical, moonlit phase of falling in love. For a time, romance seems perpetually exciting, and heroics always seem to save the day.
El Gallo leads our young protagonists from the romantic moonlight into the harsh sunshine, where the weaknesses in their relationship are exposed and the reality of the struggles and heartache love brings is revealed. With the understanding that “without a hurt the heart is hollow,” Matt and Luisa search to find their own identities, and in turn, to discover their strengths as a couple in times of both darkness and light.
Critically acclaimed Wooden Horse Productions (LOVEBiTES) again joins Hayes Theatre Co to bring an exciting new interpretation by director Helen Dallimore (High Society), alongside an exquisite cast lead by Martin Crewes, who returns to the Hayes Theatre Co stage for the first time since his Helpmann Award nominated performance in Sweet Charity.
With hit songs such as ‘Try to Remember’ and ‘Soon It’s Gonna Rain’, it’s no wonder The Fantasticks is the world’s longest running musical in history.
“The best!” - New York Post
“The Fantasticks is the last word in theatrical sophistication.” - The New York Times
"The Fantasticks is a dream come true, a total joy.” - CurtainUp
Previews: $49 for adults and $45 concession for students, MEAA and seniors.
Tue-Thu 7.30, Sat 2pm and Sun 5pm: $55 for adults and $49 concession for students, MEAA and seniors.
Fri & Sat 7.30pm: $59 for adults and $54 concession for students, MEAA and seniors.
Monday 11 January - Sunday 31 January 2016
Previews Mon Jan 11 and Tue Jan 12 at 7:30pm
Opening night Wed Jan 13 at 7:30pm
Thereafter, Tue - Sat at 7.30pm | Wed* & Sat 2pm | Sun 5pm
*No matinee performance on Wednesday, Jan 13.
Lockouts apply and latecomers will be asked to wait in the foyer until an appropriate break in the show allows entry to the theatre. Not recommended for children 12 years and under.
Please be advised that this production of The Fantasticks contains staged violence, minimal strobe effects and strong themes and language.