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Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Chairman's Update - March 2021

Well, we’re back!!

The Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre company opens 2021 on April 15, with a delightful production of Alan Bennett’s “Talking Heads” featuring three of his famous monologues “A Lady of Letters”, “A Chip in the Sugar” and “Her Big Chance” directed by Alan Burrows.

The season is 15 April to 1 May with matinees on Sunday 18 & 25 April and Saturday 1 May with evening performances at 8pm and matinees commencing at 2pm.

As per government regulations Covid rules will be in place for this production and from our audience’s perspective that means only 75% of the seats are available for each performance, so you need to get in quick and bookings are now open.

Masks are mandatory at each performance and sadly we won’t be serving our traditional sherries beforehand and for the time being nibbles and a glass after the show are off the agenda.

Be advised that “Talking Heads” will be performed without an interval, with the performance lasting approximately 110 minutes.

We also request that ticket holders of seats 5-8 and 9-12 arrive at 7.40pm and enter the theatre immediately to be seated and that all others arrive at 7.50 pm and enter immediately.

Our QR code will be on your programme, handed out on arrival, so you can avail yourself of this once you are seated.

To book your tickets go to online or ring the office 10am-2pm Mondays, Tuesday and Fridays on 9735 1777.

The rest of the year is now settled!!

  • 24 June – 10 July, we will present the Australian Comedy “This Way Up” by Elizabeth Coleman directed by Bob Bramble. A welcome return to the Athenaeum for Bob.

  • 2 September - 18 September, we are delighted to announce that we have obtained the rights to the 2014 Broadway Tony Award winning musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” to be directed by Alan Burrows.

  • 11 November – 27 November, Agatha Christie is back as we present her acclaimed play/film “Witness for the Prosecution” to be directed by Katie-Jane Amey, remembered for her astounding productions of “The Wisdom of Eve” and “The Full Monty”.

Bookings are open for all productions, so please don’t hesitate to reserve your seats. As the year progresses, we are hopeful that things will eventually return to normal and that the hospitality that we all enjoyed will return in the not-too-distant future.

Looking forward to welcoming you all back to the Athenaeum.

Alan Burrows

Chair, Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company.


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