A wickedly funny and joyous play about art, the eccentricities of age and the celebratory power of the human spirit.
Quartet is a charming play, warm, witty, very funny and not without some ‘tough’ moments as it looks at the ageing process in general.
The story is about three ageing opera singers who often worked together during their active careers but are now in a retirement home for musicians.
Their peace is soon to be shattered by the arrival of a former colleague who was a huge star in her time.
Is there any chance that the four will ever sing together again? Do they even want to?
Are they up for the challenge of singing the famous quartet for soprano, contralto, tenor and baritone from Act III of Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto?
You may have seen the 2012 film scripted by the playwright, Ronald Harwood. The film was directed by Dustin Hoffman with Dame Maggie Smith as Jean, Tom Courtenay as Reg, Pauline Collins as Cissy and Billy Connolly as Wilfred. The film’s ending is quite different from the play’s but the characters are definitely the same.
A charming comedy by Ronald Harwood.
Quartet was first staged on London’s West End in 1999.
Staged by FAMDA 17 – 26 October 2014.
By arrangement with ORiGiNTM THEATRICAL on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.
Cecily Robson (Cissy) – Margaret Rudge
Reginald Paget – Jack Millar
Wilfred Bond – Ron Cockrane
Jean Horton – Beth Millar
Director – Lloyd Morcom
Set Design – Geoff Davey
Lighting Design – Andrew Oldroyd
Sound Design – Brian Paragreen
Production Manager – Peter Clyne
Singing Coach – Paddy Broberg
Set Construction Manager – Bert Fabel
Set Construction and Painting – Arie Bos, Peter Clyne, Bruce Crowl, Kate Crowl, Bert Fabel, Alan Locke, Don Roberts, Norm Willoughby
Costumes – Judy Barnard, Bronwyn King
Tiered Seating Installation – Arie Bos, Peter Clyne, Ben Cooper, Ray Dower, Bert Fabel, Brian Paragreen, Robert Paragreen
Stage Manager – Phil Nightingall
Props Manager – Judy Barnard
Stage Crew – Arie Bos, Peter Clyne, Ray Dower, Dianne Paragreen, Barbara Partridge
Lighting Operator – Andrew Oldroyd
Technical Assistant – Josh Vitols
Front of House Manager – Sue Dower
Ticket Sales – Deborah Harris, Main Street Revelations
Venue Box Office – Jennifer Paragreen, Andrew Oldroyd
Programme Photography – Robert Paragreen
Production Photography – Yianni Banikos
Publicity, Marketing and Programme – Jennifer Paragreen
Gippsland Associated Theatre Awards – Nominations
Most Outstanding Lead Performance Male – Jack Millar
Most Outstanding Set Design – Geoff Davey