2016, the year in preview

In Sydney’s theatres this year, there are many shows to look forwards to – Griffin has the 2015 Griffin Award winner The Turquoise Elephant, Phillip Kavanagh’s Replay, and Finegan Kruckemeyer’s Those Who Fall In Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon The Ocean Floor; Belvoir has a season of general munificence, including Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Jasper Jones, Kit Brookman’s The Great Fire, Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife, Twelfth Night, and the conclusion of Matthew Whittet’s Windmill trilogy in Girl, Asleep; STC has Arcadia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Golden Age, Almeida’s King Charles III, and 1927’s Golem, as well as Angela Betzien's The Hanging; Bell Shakespeare has Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and another Molière adaptation in The Literati, a co-production with Griffin. There’s a cracker year at Opera Australia with John Bell’s production of Carmen, and Julie Andrews’ My Fair Lady; Sport for Jove’s No End of Blame, Away, and Three Sisters; a new Andrew Bovell play; and (fingers crossed) Squabbalogic’s original musical-theatre take on The Dismissal.

On the bookshelves, there is a second helping of Saramago and Marquez, a slew of brand new plays to get lost inside of, and another attempt at Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.
On television, hopefully we’ll get to see The Kettering Incident, a final series of BBC’s Wallander, as well as a new BBC adaptation of War & Peace, David Stratton’s history of Australian cinema, and the War of the Roses tetralogy in series two of The Hollow Crown.
In cinemas, there is Todd Haynes’ Carol, Derek Cianfrance’s adaptation of The Light Between Oceans, the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, the eagerly awaited return to JK Rowling’s wizarding world in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and hopefully a wide release for Simon Stone’s The Daughter in March.

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