WHAT’S ON

 

THEATRE

Dark Voyager

DIRECTOR Anna Crawford

STARS Eric Beecroft, Jeanette Cronin, Belinda Giblin, Lizzie Mitchell

DETAILS Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli. $25-$69, 9929 0644

John Misto’s comedy takes us back to the Hollywood of 1962 for a supper whose guest list includes feuding stars Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and a very drunk Marilyn Monroe. Elissa Blake

 

The Effect

DIRECTOR Sarah Goodes

STARS Eugene Gilfedder, Anna McGahan, Angie Milliken, Mark Leonard Winter

DETAILS Sydney Theatre Company Wharf 1. $50-$99, 9250 7777

It’s hard to be immune to Lucy Prebble’s The Effect: it is entertaining, frequently funny, and genuinely thought-provoking. Jason Blake

Macbeth

DIRECTOR Kip Williams

STARS Paula Arundell, John Gaden, Melita Jurisic, Hugo Weaving

DETAILS Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay, $50-$119

Shakespeare’s bloody drama is brought to life in the cavernous auditorium of the Sydney Theatre. EB

Ugly Mugs

DIRECTOR Marion Potts

STARS Harry Borland, Peta Brady, Steven Le Marquand, Sara West

DETAILS Griffin Theatre, $32-$49, 9361 3817

Inspired by real-life events, Peta Brady’s play throws light into some of the darkest places in our big cities. EB

 

MUSICALS

The Lion King

DIRECTOR Julie Taymor

STARS Rob Collins, Cameron Goodall, Josh Quong Tart, Buyi Zama

DETAILS Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, 1300 558 878, $50-$150

The best of it has proved resilient and the worst of it seems no worse than it did 10 years ago. JB

Strictly Ballroom

DIRECTOR Baz Luhrmann

STARS Robert Grubb, Thomas Lacey, Heather Mitchell, Phoebe Panaretos

DETAILS Lyric Theatre, $60-$145, 1300 795 267, Ticketmaster.com.au

Ballroom show suffers from an allergy to any kind of nuance, but the main characters and conflicts emerge clearly. JB

 

Book now

Joan, Again

Old Fitzroy Theatre, August 5 - 23

Sydney playwright Paul Gilchrist ponders the short but eventful life of Joan of Arc in a new work about celebrity, myth and the challenges of political action. Bookings sitco.net.au, $21-$32

Sugarland

ATYP Studio, August 27 – September 13

Fresh from this year’s Darwin Festival, a show offering a glimpse into teenage life in Australia’s remote communities. Bookings 9260 2400, $20-$30

Les Miserables

Capitol Theatre, from March 2015

Early birds for next year’s Sydney season are invited to leap the box office barricades by registering for pre-sale tickets at lesmis.com