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Twentieth Century

By Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur (2004 adaptation by Ken Ludwig).

Directed by Kerrin White


Regarding possible Coronavirus public gathering cancellations: The capacity of The Arts Theatre is less than 500. Most performances generate audiences of no more than 300. While Therry is following advice to keep calm and carry on, we anticipate that each individual will make their own decision, based on their views and circumstances, about what social and other events they will attend.

The story:

Broadway ballyhoo meets Hollywood hustle! This Hecht-MacArthur comedy is set in the observation car of the 20th Century Ltd, travelling from Chicago to New York's Grand Central Station. Aboard the luxury train are egomaniacal theatre producer Oscar Jaffe, desperately in need of a hit, and his former paramour and protégé, temperamental actress Lily Garland, who abandoned him for a Hollywood career. Oscar is determined to sign her for his new show, and Lily is just as determined to ignore his advances, both professional and personal. Trying to make sense of the chaos are his long time assistants Webb and O'Malley. Other hilarious characters include George, Lily's lover, Max (another ex-lover and producer) and a religious fanatic who has escaped from an institution.

The 1934 film starred John Barrymore and Carole Lombard and was directed by the legendary Howard Hawks - it is considered the first of the great 1930s Hollywood screwball comedies.

This Ken Ludwig adaptation was successfully produced on Broadway in 2004 starring Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche.


Season: Thursday, 19 to Saturday, 21 March and Wed, 25 to Saturday, 28 March at 8 pm.  Matinees both Saturdays at 2 pm. All shows are at The Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide with convenient on-street and nearby off-street parking at affordable rates.


ARTS Theatre
53 Angas Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000

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