TS Eliot's play MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL directed by acclaimed actor Donald Macdonald and presented by Artes Christi, will be raising funds for Aid to the Church in Need Australia.
The play will run from the 27th of September to the 14th of October 2018.
MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL is a beautiful poetic play written by TS Eliot portraying the life & death of St Thomas Becket who was martyred in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.
Performances of the play will run at the historic 1880 Hall in Surry Hills and the play is being staged to coincide with the Canonisation of Blessed Oscar Romero on 14th October this year.
In 1980 in San Salvador, Blessed Oscar became the first Archbishop martyred at the altar since St Thomas Becket 800 years earlier.
ABOUT DONALD MACDONALD:
Donald has had a distinguished theatre and television career in Australia and the UK spanning more than forty years. He began his career as the “Hero” at Sydney’s famous Music Hall. He appeared at the popular Philip Theatre in shows such as Is Australia really Necessary with Miriam Karlin and the hugely successful A Cup of Tea and a Bex and a Good Lie down. He was a popular Playschool presenter, and starred in his own television show, the ABC’s “I Married a Batchelor” before working in the UK.
Donald made his West End debut at the Wyndham Theatre in “Sons of Cain.” He appeared in Front Room Boys at the Royal Court, directed by Clive Donner. He first appeared on UK television as a semi-regular in Colditz directed by Ken Hannam. He is an award winning screen writer, a novelist, and the author of Australia’s most successful stage comedy, Caravan which is still being performed all over Australia. He also appeared in the UK production of Caravan.
He was given a best actor nomination for his performance as Harold MacMillan in Letter of Resignation. In a large body of work, other memorable roles have been Iago in Othello, Quartermain’s Terms, How the Other Half Loves, and Absurd Person Singular.
Donald directed his play “A Letter to Larry” based on the life of Vivien Leigh, in its first production at London’s Jermyn St. Theatre. In 2013 the play was presented in Paris to rave reviews. It has had three successful West End productions at Jermyn Street, and a feature film is in the planning. In 2016, Donald created and successfully performed his new solo show, Night in a Haunted Theatre.
Donald has been associated with Artes Christi since 2002 when he directed A Man for All Seasons in Sydney and on tour to Melbourne. Following this, Donald then directed Murder in the Cathedral, Shadowlands, Pope John Paul II’s play The Jeweler's Shop, and his own play Saints Alive in Sydney and Melbourne. As an actor Donald also appeared as Alexander MacKillop in the 2010 musical MacKillop and as Merlyn in Camelot last year.
Donald has performed his solo play The Gospel of St. John for Artes Christi to great critical acclaim in Edinburgh, London and New York, and across Australia and Donald has contributed annually to Artes Christi's Christmas in the City tours by doing the readings for the Carols in Sydney, Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.
Donald is delighted to be back in Sydney again to direct this wonderful play of St Thomas Becket, MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL.
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