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Category Archives: Melbourne Theatre Company


Subscribe to KYD to win Melbourne Theatre Company tickets

To celebrate the launch of Kill Your Darlings Issue 17, we are offering our subscribers the chance to win a double pass to three upcoming Melbourne Theatre Company plays. Read more »

Front row at the theatre wars: Simon Stone’s The Cherry Orchard

  By the time I belatedly sat down in the Sumner theatre to see Simon Stone’s adaptation of The Cherry Orchard I had other dramas on my mind. Shadowing the reception of MTC’s production was a minor shitstorm around the supposed battle between ‘new writing’ and ‘adaptation’. … Read more »

See KYD book club live at MTC!

  This September Kill Your Darlings’ book club is jumping off the screen and onto the stage in a special partnership with Melbourne Theatre Company, celebrating the staging of Helpmann Award-winning director Simon Stone’s anticipated adaptation of The Cherry Orchard. You’re invited to an exclusive, invitation-only conversation … Read more »

The hollowness of privilege: Queen Lear

Image credit: Jeff Busby For my money, King Lear is the problem child of Shakespeare’s major tragedies. While the other three of the ‘Big Four’ – Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth – are resolved in a deeply cathartic manner, Lear’s relentless bleakness stymies the audience’s relief at every … Read more »

A climate of mendacity: The Heretic

It must be tough writing drama about the political issue du jour. Worthy causes can be adapted into unwatchable dross, while intellectual scrap metal can be spun into theatrical gold. A case of the latter is The Heretic Read more »

The Trouble with Coriolanus

Coriolanus is a puzzle. In this strange conclusion to Shakespeare’s dizzying series of tragedies, the playwright seems to jettison complex emotional dynamism in favour of ferocious single-mindedness. Read more »