APPROX 2 HRS
POST SHOW Q&A
FRIDAY, 01 SEPT
WEDNESDAY, 13 SEPT
THURSDAY, 28 SEPT
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THURSDAY, 21 SEPT
11:00AM & 8:15PM
SATURDAY, 23 SEPT
FREE TEEN NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, 27 SEPT
Helena Rubinstein’s towering makeup empire is under constant threat. Staving off cunning attacks from her rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon, she holds fast to the principles that got her to the top: thrift, ruthlessness and a take-no-prisoners steely resolve. But when she finds an unlikely confidante in personal assistant Patrick, it dawns on her that perhaps she isn’t such a hardened business woman after all.
In John Misto’s uproarious new play, Rubinstein’s astonishing career is charted from humble beginnings in country Victoria to the intoxicating heights of international success. It’s a match made in heaven as the glorious Amanda Muggleton returns to the Ensemble stage as one of the most terrifying yet oddly endearing icons of the makeup industry.
It’s rare for a new Australian play to have a London season before it’s even premiered in Australia. We are delighted to announce that John Misto’s LIP SERVICE will open at Park Theatre in London, playing a 5 week season from 26 April 2017, under the title MADAME RUBINSTEIN. Miriam Margolyes will be playing the role of Helena Rubinstein in the London production. The entire season of MADAME RUBINSTEIN at London’s Park Theatre has sold out before its first performance. Ensemble Theatre was the first theatre to acquire the rights to LIP SERVICE.
Prominent UK publishers, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, are publishing John Misto’s play, MADAME RUBINSTEIN, to coincide with its world premiere at Park Theatre, London in April, 2017. This is possibly the first time a new Australian play will be published in the UK before it has had a first performance anywhere. John Misto’s new play MADAME RUBINSTEIN (opening at Ensemble under its Australian title LIP SERVICE) has generated a lot of attention before its world premiere in London. England’s Sunday Express Review section asked John Misto to write the cover story on his latest play and here is the result.
“Funny, lively and bitchy… with moments of poignancy that emerge to offer some balance and gravitas… (A) profusion of one-liners that tickle, sting and amuse.”
Suzy goes see (for Dark Voyager)
“An important Australian play that pulls no punches… theatrically and historically compelling.”
Stage Whispers (for The Shoe-Horn Sonata)