Rush, Roxburgh headed to Sydney

Melbourne scribe Bennetto presenting 'Real Estate'

SYDNEY Geoffrey Rush and Richard Roxburgh will headline stage productions in Sydney next year, returning to their old stomping ground at the city’s second-largest theater troupe, Company B.

Rush will appear opposite Billie Brown, Julie Forsyth and Gillian Jones in Eugene Jones’ absurdist comedy “Exit the King,” which he will adapt with Company B artistic director Neil Armfield, who will direct.

Roxburgh will portray a man suffering from writer’s block in “Toy Symphony,” playwright Michael Gow’s first play in a decade and one of five world preems to be staged by the rejuvenated company, which earlier this month moved back into renovated digs after almost a year’s absence.

Melbourne scribe Casey Bennetto, who penned hyped-up political satire “Keating!” presents “Real Estate,” about Sydney’s property obsession.

Alana Valentine, whose last play, “Run Rabbit Run,” recorded the history of beloved rugby team the Rabbitohs, will assemble an oral history of a girls’ correctional facility in “Parramatta Girls.”

Stephen Sewell’s “The Gates of Egypt” explores an Australian woman’s life-changing journey to Egypt in the midst of ongoing political unrest.

Comic John Clarke promises a satirical twist on May Gibb’s classic Aussie kid stories, “The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie” and “Little Ragged Blossom.”

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