AN Australian classic, Hotel Sorrento, written by multi-award-winning playwright Hannie Rayson will be performed at the Horsham Town Hall on Saturday.
Hotel Sorrento was first staged in 1990 and won the Australian Writers Guild award, a NSW Premier’s Literary award and a Green Room award for best play.
The play is a drama cross comedy.
Three sisters reunite after 10 years apart in Hotel Sorrento, where they bring new perspectives on old issues that had never been concluded.
Hotel Sorrento features a cast of well-known Australian actors including Joanne Booth (Neighbours, House Husbands), Ruth Caro (Home and Away, The Glass Menagerie), Dennis Coard (Australia Day, Home and Away), Kim Denman (All My Love, West Side Story) and Mike Smith (The 39 Steps, Billy Elliot – The Musical).
Former Home and Away actor Dennis Coard said he is excited to bring the play to Horsham.
“Bringing Hotel Sorrento to Horsham is something I know the whole cast is looking forward to,” he said.
“This is such a funny, yet moving show, and we are really enjoying the challenge of giving it a new energy and sharing that with the locals.
“While the story is set in Sorrento, Victoria, it could just as easily reflect a family story from Horsham or Warracknabeal where the secrets and the stories of the past suddenly become issues to face here and now.”
Producer Christine Harris said this is her company HIT Productions 100th tour.
“I’m incredibly proud to be able to bring Hotel Sorrento to Horsham,” she said.
“This is the 100th tour HIT has undertaken and I couldn’t think of a better play to celebrate that milestone.
“It’s heartwarming, funny with a touch of dramatic mystery creating a classic Aussie story.”
Denny Lawrence directs the production, he has also headed All My Love, Glorious!, Shirley Valentine, Always… Patsy Cline and Educating Rita.
Horsham Town Hall marketing co-ordinator Charee Smith said she was eager to see how the Wimmera community receives the play.
“Hotel Sorrento’s bitter sweet tale explores a story line that is so relevant to today’s society,” she said.
“It’s portrayed with great beauty, a few laughs and maybe a tear or two, and it’s a great honour to support this regional tour… performing at 34 venues.”
The famous play will start at 8pm at the Horsham Town Hall on Saturday.
Ms Smith said booking a ticket is essential.
Ms Smith said prices ranged from $40 for adults to $25 for 2018 Horsham Town Hall members with concession.