Having attended a performance of Company at Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs in 2015,  I was excited when Watch This announced a 2016 regional micro-tour which would visit Ballarat.

Company explores love, relationships and how intimacy is a struggle.  It’s Robert 35th birthday and his closest friends are throwing him a surprise party.  Robert is living in the heart of New York and is dating three gorgeous women. Robert has it all why can’t he blow out the candles on his birthday cake and make a wish?  Over various dinner parties and dates Robert tries to understand the pros and cons of marriage from his friends and begins to make sense of his bachelorhood.

Originally written as a collection of plays written by George Furth, it was eventually shaped into a musical thanks to Harold Prince.  Firth reworked the play into the libretho and Stephen Sonheim was brought in to provide the music. It features some of Sonheim’s best known songs including Being Alive, Side by Side, The Ladies Who Lunch, Getting Married Today and Company.

Reprising the role of Robert is Nick Simpson-Deeks. Other cast members to return in the production are Sally Bourne, Nathan Carter, Bianca Baykara, Mark Dickinson, Gillian Gosgriff, Sonya Suares and Nelson Gardner.  Joining the ensemble is Lyall Brooks, Elise Brennan, Andrew Kroenert, Chloe Elisabeth Wilson, Bronte Florian and Amy Berrisford.

It will be staged at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat for three performances only from 3 to 4 June. The evening performances will take place at 7.30pm and the matinee performance will begin at 2.00pm on 4 June.

Patrons holding tickets to any Company performance have an unique chance to meet the cast between 11.30am and 12.30pm on 4 June.



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