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Sydney Theatre Company back on stage after $10 million box office hit

“The play opens with democracy in crisis. The democratically elected leader wants to be made emperor for life.

“Each one of us has the potential to manipulate or be manipulated and the democratic process is constantly at threat from the individual who preferences a personal agenda over the will of the people.”

Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Kip Williams.

Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Kip Williams.Credit:Louie Douvis

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, opening December 3, is to be directed by STC associate director Paige Rattray and stars Jacek Koman who replaces Wayne Blair, originally cast to play Willy Loman – the deluded and ageing salesman who buys into the American dream of individual exceptionalism at great personal cost.

Both are weighty plays familiar to audiences. STC’s 2022 season, to be announced in upcoming weeks, will feature some new Australian plays.

The season will be celebratory and stress personal connection with a focus on comedy and community, Williams says.

The aim was to create experiences for audiences “beyond the constant streaming of Netflix plus finding something that is unique about live performance”.

“It’s about music; it’s about seeing performers walk the tightrope; it’s about the magic of imagination in a theatre space,” Williams says.

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Planning for a national and international tour of Williams’ adaption of The Picture of Dorian Gray is under way, after the announcement STC is to partner with Michael Cassel Group to find new touring opportunities.

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