Premiering on Friday June 24 at Southbank Theatre, it’s a funny, bitter-sweet ode to the bonds that tie us together.
A new musical from the Helpmann-award winning team behind Ladies in Black, the Melbourne Theatre Company’s new boutique musical Come Rain or Come Shine is an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s comic short story of the same name.
What you need to know
- Come Rain or Come Shine is the new musical coming to the MTC
- It premieres on June 24 and runs until July 23
- Based on a short story by Kazuo Ishiguro, it’s a bittersweet story about lifelong friendship
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Starring lifelong friends Gillian Cosgriff (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Angus Grant (Rush) and Chris Ryan (Shakespeare in Love), Come Rain or Come Shine is a heartfelt and comic story about friendship, music and memory. Directed by Simon Phillips, with book by Carolyn Burns and original songs by Tim Finn, this MTC NEXT STAGE original is set to leave an impression.
“Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favourite authors. So to gain his approval for a musical adaptation of his short story Come Rain or Come Shine was a particular thrill,” says Tim Finn said.
“Luckily for me, my collaborators and dear friends Simon Phillips and Carolyn Burns were also keen to engage, and before too long we were all on the same page. To write new tunes that could co-exist alongside Ishiguro’s curated classics from the 30s and 40s was an inspiring challenge.”
“It was the saving grace of the Covid lockdown for us – being able to burrow into the bittersweet world of Kazuo Ishiguro’s madcap study of midlife crisis, Come Rain or Come Shine,” director Simon Phillips added.
“It’s been a joy to work together again, under the wing of MTC’s NEXT STAGE, theatricalising a story that creates a kind of existential farce out of adults behaving badly, while never abandoning the sense of unspoken yearning that’s the hallmark of Ishiguro’s writing.”
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