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Twentieth Century



Twentieth Century

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

Directed by Kerrin White


Regarding Coronavirus restrictionsThe Arts Theatre has a COVID-safe management plan approved by SA Health and Therry has a COVID plan in place for our seasons too. Please rest assured that we will be vigilant in adhering to the restrictions placed on us and to make the theatre safe and enjoyable for all.  COVID marshals will be on duty outside the theatre, in the foyer and in thr auditorium. Until SA Health lifts restrictions, seating will be checkerboard style: ie,. one vacant seat either side of each booked seat. Our actors have been playing roles for years; please play your part by adhering to the checkerboard seating plan and following the directions of our COVID marshalls.

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, 11th to Saturday, 13th February and Wed, 17th to Saturday, 20th February at 7.30 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.


The Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide, 5000.

Contact Details

Bookings and ticketing inquiries Mon to Fri, 10 am to 4 pm (Lorraine): 8271 8487

Membership inquiries Mon to Fri, 10 am to 4 pm (Amanda): 8278 1818