Sydney’s newest theatre destination, the Eternity Playhouse, will open in November with the play that launched Arthur Miller’s career, All My Sons, presented by the Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
The City of Sydney has spent $7.9 million transforming a heritage-listed former church in Darlinghurst into the state-of-the-art Eternity Playhouse with a 200-seat theatre, accessible lifts, bar and café.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was fitting the Darlinghurst Theatre Company was opening the exciting new theatre with an Arthur Miller classic.
“I’m delighted that the play that launched Arthur Miller’s stellar career is also going to launch our brand new theatre,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The Eternity Playhouse, on the corner of Burton and Palmer streets, is going to become a new theatre destination for Sydneysiders, attracting visitors to the area, boosting local businesses and supporting new talent.
“It will also provide a hub for Sydney’s world-class theatre talent to collaborate, rehearse and perform while engaging the local community through art and creativity.
Renowned theatre director Iain Sinclair’s season of All My Sons runs from 6 November to 1 December. Marshall Napier (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) leads a stellar cast, including Toni Scanlan, Briallen Clarke, Robin Goldsworthy, Anthony Gooley, Andrew Henry and Meredith Penman.
All My Sons launched Arthur Miller’s career when it premiered on Broadway, New York, in January 1947, winning two Tony Awards and the New Youth Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Based on a true story, the play centres on the mid-Western Keller family who are torn apart by a shameful secret.
The Eternity Playhouse is housed in the former Burton Street Tabernacle, a Baptist church attended in the 1930s by Arthur Stace, who became famous for inscribing the word ‘Eternity’ on the footpaths of Sydney.
The 1887 building was in a state of disrepair when acquired by the City, and staged restoration works have included installing a new slate roof, restoring the original decorative timber ceiling, repairing the internal plaster finishes and repointing the external brickwork.
The building retains its heritage features while also boasting the latest in sound, lighting and stage technology, with power supplemented by solar energy. Rainwater will be collected and recycled for non-drinking purposes.
All My Sons
Presented by the Darlinghurst Theatre Company
Directed by Iain Sinclair
Wednesday 6 November – Sunday 1 December 2013
Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Tickets start from $30
To book, visit www.darlinghursttheatre.com or phone the box office on 02 8356 9987
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