What is happening in 2021?

We were almost ready to open the box office for “Blithe Spirit” when this latest lockdown was announced. We expect to be in touch again in two weeks once we have a clearer idea of audience number regulations.


Until then we will not be able to open the booking office or confirm new dates for bookings made last year. There may be changes to the performance dates and times stated on our current flyer but for now we don’t know what these will be.


We are asking for your patience and understanding as we work through the next few weeks. Please be assured that our aim is to get our subscribers and patrons back to the theatre as soon as possible to see this classic play!

2021 Season

Artwork by Michael Arvithris

After 65 years of presenting quality Community Theatre in Epping, Theatre on Chester is pleased to announce our 2021 season of three beautiful plays focusing on

LOVE and MARRIAGE

IN DUTY BOUND

By Ron Eisha
Directed by Carla Moore
By Special Arrangement with Smith and Jones Management
23rd April – 22nd May

It’s Australia 1969 and the sabbath in the Berkowicz household when the extended family gathers joyously for the occasion. Good humour and high spirits prevail around the dinner table but their youngest son has news to impart that will blow this homey scene wide open. At the centre of this family confrontation is Christine, an outsider, a Gentile. Ron Elisha is a world renowned playwright of numerous productions, and a Winner of four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards. In Duty Bound is a funny, thought-provoking and totally absorbing play exploring the dynamics of family and faith.

BLITHE SPIRIT

By Noel Coward
Directed by Cate Cunningham
By Special Arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical
PENDING

Charles Condomine a popular novelist, lives a simple country life with his second wife, Ruth. Searching for inspiration for his newest novel, they invite Madame Arcati and their closest friends, round for a séance. Instead of conjuring up a random ghoul for the night however, Madame Arcati manages to accidentally bring back Charles’ first wife Elvira, who died seven years previously of a heart attack while laughing at a BBC Light Program on the radio. Elvira attempts to disrupt his marriage to Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Exploring themes of deception, love, loyalty, and the complex legacy of past relationships, Blithe Spirit is one of Coward’s most acclaimed plays.

GLORIOUS!

By Peter Quilter
Directed by Joy Sweeney
By Special Arrangement with Origin Theatrical
5th – 27th November

Based upon a true story, this comedy is set in 1940’s New York, about the worst singer in the world Florence Foster Jenkins known as ‘the first lady of the sliding scale’. Florence, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect, warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman followed her dreams and paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was. “Glorious!” premiered in London’s West End in November 2005, receiving a Laurence Olivier Award nomination as Best New Comedy.

If you had a 2020 subscription your new dates have been allocated and sent out automatically. Please contact boxoffice@theatreonchester.com.au if you need changes.

Set Building

Each Saturday morning for a number of  weeks prior to a production a group of Chestie members come together to create the amazing sets that you see during our shows. If you are handy with a hammer or would like to learn to be join us 9am-1:30pm at Theatre on Chester and help us create magic.