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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler

From the canefields to the city, an iconic Australian story of passion, bittersweet romance and the yearning for lost youth.

Plays and playwrights go in and out of fashion but some endure and speak to each subsequent generation.  Lawler’s much loved tale of Queensland cane cutters and Melbourne barmaids has endured, not through nostalgia, nor because it spawned a new age in Australian writing, but because the characters and their dilemmas are so true, so beautifully observed, so humorous and so poignant.

A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, followed by a national tour and hugely successful season in London’s West End where it won an award for best new play, this 2020 production of the Australian classic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll celebrates the 65th Anniversary of this iconic play.

For sixteen years two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up north in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different.  One of the barmaids has ‘settled down’ and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found.  This ‘off-season’ proves challenging for them all.

Part of HIT’s Australian Voice Tours for 2020, this production will be directed by the award-winning Denny Lawrence whose history with HIT includes many successful productions including Shirley Valentine, Always…Patsy Cline, Educating Rita, Glorious! Hotel Sorrento and most recently, My Brilliant Divorce. Denny will be supported by a highly-experienced creative team.

Show Details

Tuesday 20 September 8pm
Duration: 2.5 hours including interval
Suitable for: Ages 15 +
Content Warning: Adult themes

Ticket Prices

(Please note all online tickets will incur $1.50 per ticket processing fee)

Members bring a friend for FREE (please book through the Box Office)
Advance (before 5pm Tue 6 Sept) $40
Member: $35
Adult: $50
Concession: $45
Child: $30

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