Date(s) - 8 Sep 2012
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
Captioned Performance: Saturday, 8 September 2012 at 4pm
‘a sharp homage to a Hollywood classic’ – Variety
‘[a] gorgeous comic feast’ – London Evening Standard
Ace reporter Hildy Johnson has had enough of the sleaze of the Chicago newspaper game. At midnight, she’s catching the train east where she’ll marry her fiancé, a handsome schlub with piles of dough. And if her ex-husband and editor Walter Burns thinks she’s going to change her mind, he’s got another thing coming. But that’s before the fattest, juiciest scoop of the year lands splat in her lap.
Screwball comedy. Hecht and MacArthur’s sly, cynical satire of tabloid journalism The Front Page was never better filmed than as the 1930s classic His Girl Friday. Merging the original play and the screen version, acclaimed playwright John Guare delivers the best of both wisecracking worlds. MTC stages the Australian premiere production starring Philip Quast and Pamela Rabe.
Photography by Marcel Aucar
Adapted by John Guare from The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur and the Columbia Pictures film.