Malthouse has launched its 2024 season, one featuring a world premiere new work from Geelong’s internationally renowned Back to Back Theatre, a Macbeth reimagined from Lady Mac’s perspective and the return season of a much-lauded stage adaptation of a Nobel Prize laureate’s best-loved work.
Despite the economic headwinds facing all arts companies in 2024, Artistic Director Matthew Lutton is determined not to play safe. Put it this way: Malthouse’s Christmas production is titled Fuck Christmas.
“This is a highly theatrical season,” Lutton says. “There isn’t a moment of domesticity or realism in sight, as every work celebrates theatre that transports you into fantasies, heightened realities, folklore, or ecstasy. It is very deliberately a season of productions celebrating how theatrical theatre can be.”
The season opens provocatively in February with The Hate Race, a play inspired by Caribbean-Australian...