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THE ANNIVERSARY

 

It’s Mr. Bean meets The Shining!

You are cordially invited to Jim & Barb’s Golden Anniversary. 

Don’t be fooled — this is no ordinary elderly couple. Leave your preconceptions at the door and expect the unexpected. The Anniversary is a physical comedy house party from hell!

From the creators of the multi-award-winning ‘Otto & Astrid – Die Roten Punkte’ comes a brand-new murderously funny comedy farce from Clare Bartholomew & Daniel Tobias, directed by Peter Houghton.

Jim & Barb’s dreams for the perfect celebration of their love quickly fall away as they face the reality of a semi-century together. Put yourself in their shoes; after 50 years of marriage, can you imagine how much simmering resentment is about to boil over? They’re just about ready to kill each other!

Hold onto your hats for the most absurd and hilarious tailspin of a party like you’ve never seen before.

"Packed with elaborate set-pieces, running gags, inventive visual comedy and the revolving door antics of pure farce…comedy horror!"
— The Age
"Picture TV stars Magda Szubanski and Glenn Robbins putting a personal spin on Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Jean-Paul Sartre No Exit, Slava’s Snow Show by Slava Polunin, Jimmie Chinn’s A Different Way Home, or anything similarly absurdist, and you’ll get the idea."
— Theatre People

Key Image: Photography by Andrew Wuttke.

Design by Barney Sullivan (Seeing Things).

MILKE & Salvador Dinosaur presents The Anniversary at The Malthouse as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Partners

PERFORMED BY

Clare Bartholomew & Daniel Tobias

DIRECTED BY

Peter Houghton

CREATED BY

Clare Bartholomew, Daniel Tobias & Peter Houghton

LIGHTING AND SET DESIGN

Bronwyn Pringle

ORIGINAL DESIGN CONCEPT

Peter Houghton

SOUND DESIGN AND COMPOSITION

Steph O'Hara

ADDITIONAL SOUND

Ben Hense

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Richard Vabre

ADDITIONAL PROPS AND COSTUMES

Katrina Gaskell and Emilie Bloom

PRODUCER

MILKE & Salvador Dinosaur

Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

TUE – SAT 7.10pm
SUN 6.10pm
PREVIEWS 31 MAR & 1 APR - 7.10pm

Tickets

FRI & SAT $42.00
WED, THU & SUN $38.00
TUE & PREVIEWS $30.00
CONCESSION $33.00 - Available WED, THU & SUN

All online bookings incur a $4 booking fee per transaction.

Location

Beckett Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

70 minutes (no interval)

CONTENT WARNINGS /

Contains adult content, descriptions/pictures of violence or warfare (including instruments of violence, such as knives or guns), nudity, blood, depictions of violence—realistic or comic.

AGES /

For audiences aged 13+.

PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY /

No flash photography.

ACCESSIBILITY /

Wheelchair access is available. Please make a wheelchair booking here. For more information, please see our Access page.

BOOKING FEES /

Online orders incur a $4 booking fee.

YOUR VISIT /

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