Header Image: Cast of PIPPIN (c) Brian Geach
Let’s be quite frank, experiencing the greater part of a year without being able to so much as step foot in a performing arts theatre has sucked. While companies without massive budgets may still “errr” on the side of caution before launching their next major project, producers such as the Gordon Frost Organisation are forging ahead with their newest projects. The first of these, PIPPIN, launched in Sydney’s Lyric Theatre recently, with the final seats for performances until 31 January 2021 now on-sale.
According to a release from the producers, “Sydney-siders and critics have embraced the return to theatres” with PIPPIN “receiving huge acclaim by critics and audiences alike”. While you should only return to theatres when you are comfortable doing so, and not any sooner, the show is working under a detailed COVID Safety Plan to “help keep everyone safe while at the theatre” with the venue “always (operating) in accordance with the advice of NSW Health”.
PIPPIN is being brought to Sydney audiences with a notable cast of performers. These include the role of young and confused protagonist Pippin being played by former Aladdin-star Ainsley Melham, while Gabrielle McClinton plays the charming and manipulative Leading Player. Returning to the stage after an award-winning career on television is Kerri-Anne Kennerley as Berthe, Pippin’s saucy grandmother. Simon Burke plays Charles, Pippin’s demanding father, with Lucy Maunder as Catherine, a widow who falls in love with Pippin. In the role of Pippin’s conniving stepmother Fastrada is Leslie Bell, and Euan Doidge plays the role of her son Lewis, Pippin’s half-brother. This cast is rounded off by a sizable ensemble and child cast.
We’re so excited to bring PIPPIN to the stage as the first musical following the Covid shutdown, and seeing the joy and appreciation on the faces of our audiences. Everyone in this sensational cast and crew is thrilled to be bringing this exhilarating musical to life and opening up Sydney musical theatre again. Sydney is ready to celebrate and what better way than heading to the Sydney Lyric to enjoy this Tony Award winning musical which has thrilled audiences across the globe. PIPPIN is the must-see musical of the summer, full of magic, acrobatics and excitement – don’t miss it.
John Frost – Producer of PIPPIN