Queensland Theatre‘s Artistic Director Lee Lewis has revealed her plans for a big year, announcing the eight plays including two world premieres that form the Company’s 2022 Brisbane Season.

“Our 2022 Season boldly crosses all boundaries, altering time and place and transporting us from Brisbane to Paris, Afghanistan, Far North Queensland, Vietnam and Arkansas. It will carry us across the decades, from the 1890s to the 1940s, to 1975 and 2011, and will bring us back to the current moment, reflecting the issues that matter deeply to us now,” Lewis said.

2022 begins with a fresh version of Edward Albee‘s masterpiece Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Playhouse, QPAC from 12 February. “In so many ways, this play really shouldn’t be funny, but it is,” noted Lewis. “Audiences will delight in the caustic, brutal and spectacularly pretty antics of the two couples behaving badly in this modern staging under Margaret Harvey’s Skilful direction.”

“2022 will be about recovering from the last two years,” said Lewis. “If there is anything we have learned in this time, it is that theatre remains vital. It is so essential that we gather together as a community to hear the stories that are important and urgent right now, that will help us imagine our future together. And together, we can celebrate the power of a great story, told by talented artists, to change our night, our year, and sometimes, our lives.”

Reflecting on the 2021 Season — which has seen box office records smashed as Trent Dalton‘s Boy Swallows Universe adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry continues its incredible run at QPAC, as well productions interrupted by COVID-19 lockdowns — Lewis is “absolutely thankful for the support of our government, corporate and philanthropic partners who have believed in our shared vision to ensure the power and the excitement of live theatre is always here for our communities.”

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