16 Jan 2016 TO 27 Feb 2016


From the director of North by Northwest, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and The Drowsy Chaperone comes a musical production like no other, based on Madeleine St John's novel, The Women in Black.

In the haplessly dowdy, provincial city of 1950s Sydney, the Goode's department store does as much as it can to give off an air of cosmopolitanism. Into this enclave of borrowed elegance steps Lesley, taking a holiday job in Ladies Frocks while she awaits her school leaving results. She hopes for university and the life beyond it, yet for a few weeks she will get a glimpse of another life, the working life of the impeccable Ladies in Black, who dress the salubrious North Shore housewives with taste and grace.

A celebration of glamour, gowns and growing up, Madeleine St John's wry, ironic novel The Women in Black uncannily evoked the speech and manners of a vanished Australia, caught in a self-conscious yearning to be stylish and European.

Now, the light-hearted rhythm of St John's prose has been perfectly transcribed into a sparkling new musical by songwriter Tim Finn (Split Enz, Poor Boy), and writer Carolyn Burns, fresh from her triumphant adaptation of Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Former MTC Artistic Director Simon Phillips returns to direct a cast led by Christen O'Leary(Company, The Boy from Oz) and Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys).