The Fantasticks

Performances 11 - 31 January 2016

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes – including interval

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Presented by Wooden Horse Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Director Helen Dallimore
Musical Directors Glenn Moorhouse & Hayden Barltrop
Production Designer Hugh O’Connor
Lighting Designer Christopher Page
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell
Producer Jai Higgs
Executive Producer Troy Alexander

Starring Laurence Coy, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Jonathan Hickey, Garry Scale and Martin Crewes

Whimsical, poignant, and romantic, The Fantasticks is an allegorical story that focuses on two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the highs of passion, the challenges of distance and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love. In a theatrical and inventive fashion, our gallant and enigmatic narrator – El Gallo – introduces us to a pair of young lovers – Matt and Luisa – who experience the magical, moonlit phase of falling in love. For a time, romance seems perpetually exciting, and heroics always seem to save the day. El Gallo leads our young protagonists from the romantic moonlight into the harsh sunshine, where the weaknesses in their relationship are exposed and the reality of the struggles and heartache love brings is revealed. With the understanding that “without a hurt the heart is hollow,” Matt and Luisa search to find their own identities, and in turn, to discover their strengths as a couple in times of both darkness and light. Critically acclaimed Wooden Horse Productions (LOVEBiTES) again joins Hayes Theatre Co to bring an exciting new interpretation by director Helen Dallimore (High Society), alongside an exquisite cast lead by Martin Crewes, who returns to the Hayes Theatre Co stage for the first time since his Helpmann Award nominated performance in Sweet Charity.

With hit songs such as ‘Try to Remember’ and ‘Soon It’s Gonna Rain’, it’s no wonder The Fantasticks is the world’s longest running musical in history.