• Aussie theatre icons in WW2 thriller  
    Aussie theatre icons in WW2 thriller  
    24 Jun 2019
    Category: Theatre

    Two of Australia’s finest actors will captivate audiences when the highly entertaining WWII thriller Diplomacy opens at Geelong Performing Arts Centre next month.

    Theatre legend John Bell AO OBE (founder of Bell Shakespeare Company) and John Gaden AO (Muriel’s Wedding, Caddie) will reprise their roles for regional audiences.

    A smash hit for Ensemble Theatre when it premiered in 2018, Diplomacy comes to the Drama Theatre for five performances July 17-20 as pat of the the 2019 Deakin University Theatre Season.

    “We’re thrilled that Geelong is the only Victorian venue for this incredible production. It’s a great opportunity to see two of our finest actors in action,” says Geelong Performing Arts Centre CEO Joel McGuinness.

    This unmissable production is set in 1944 at the Hôtel Meurice, where the Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling and the German General, Dietrich von Choltitz meet in a life or death situation for the city of Paris. On abandoning Paris, Hitler has ordered its destruction. Raoul has one night to persuade the General to leave the landmark city standing. The many twists and turns of their negotiations play out in Diplomacy, a highly entertaining thriller by Cyril Gély.

    Performer and director, John Bell is looking forward to taking the production on the road.

    “This extraordinary true story resonated with those familiar with the circumstances and thrilled those to whom the plot was a revelation. I am so pleased to take Dilplomacy to regional venues — I’m sure it will make an impact: a highly accessible, entertaining and intriguing historical drama,” he said.

    Tickets are $62 or less. Book at gpac.org.au or phone the Box Office on 5225 1200.

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