Production Timeline

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2015

THE TEMPEST

Play by William Shakespeare. National Institute of Dramatic Art. CAST: Ross Walker (Prospero), Kalkidan Forward (Miranda), Simen Bostard (Ariel), Louis Seguier (Caliban) & NIDA Second Year Acting Students. DESIGN. Set & Costumes: Jeremy Allen. Lighting: Alexander Berlage. Sound: Sally Withnell. Stage Manager: Liam Barwick. Production Stage Manager: Cat Studley. Director: Jim Sharman. NIDA Playhouse.

2012

ANDY X

Online Musical. 45mins. Book, Verse, Lyrics: Stephen Sewell. Music, Lyrics, Sound Design: Basil Hogios. Screen adaptation: Jim Sharman. CAST: Akos Armont, Sheridan Harbridge, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Gillian Jones, David Denis. DOP: Bonnie Elliot. DESIGN. Production: Justin Nardella. Costume: Emma Kingsbury. Make-up: Matt Hornby. Editor: Nick Meyers. Associate Editor: Kenny Ang. Production Manager: Cathy Flannery. Executive Producer: Trevor Howell. Associate Producers: Lisa Hoppe, David Harmon. Line Producer: Michael Pontin. Director: Jim Sharman. (Sunday Pictures)

COSI FAN TUTTE

Opera by Mozart. Libretto: Da Ponte. Translation: Jeremy Sams. CAST: Sharon Prero (Fiordiligi), Sian Pendry (Dorabella), Stephen Smith (Ferrando), Sam Dundas (Guglielmo), Lorina Gore (Despina), Richard Anderson (Don Alfonso). DESIGN. Set: Ralph Myers. Costume: Gabriela Tylesova. Lighting: Damien Cooper. Director: Jim Sharman. OA Orch & Chorus. Conductor: Benjamin Northey. (Sydney Opera House)

2011

SUNDAY PICTURES

Production company established by Jim Sharman and David Harmon to develop and produce the online screen musical ANDY X.

2009

COSI FAN TUTTE

Opera by Mozart. Libretto: da Ponte. Translation: Jeremy Sams. CAST: Rachelle Durkin (Fiordiligi), Sian Pendry (Dorabella), Henry Choo (Ferrando), Shane Lowrencev (Guglielmo), Tiffany Speight (Despina), Jose Carbo (Don Alfonso), DESIGN. Set: Ralph Myers. Costume: Gabriella Tylesova. Lighting: Damien Cooper. Director: Jim Sharman. OA Orch & Chorus. Conductor: Simon Hewett. Sydney Opera House. (Subsequent Melbourne season: Hyeseoung Kwon (Fiordiligi), Luke Gabbady (Guglielmo). Conductor: Olivier Phillipe-Cuneo. (State Theatre, Melbourne)

2008

BLOOD & TINSEL

Memoir. Melbourne University Publishing.

2006

THREE FURIES: Scenes from the life of Francis Bacon

A play by Stephen Sewell. Music: Basil Hogios. CAST: Simon Burke (Artist), Socratis Otto (Model), Paul Capsis (Tisiphone). DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Alice Lau. Lighting: Damien Cooper. Director: Jim Sharman. (Performing Lines & 2006 Perth & Adelaide Festivals – Playhouse Theatres)

2005

DEATH IN VENICE

Opera by Benjamin Britten. Libretto: Myfanwy Piper, after Thomas Mann. CAST: Philip Langridge (Aschenbach), Peter Coleman-Wright (Traveller), Benjamin Nichols (Tadzio) & Co. DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Luciana Arrighi. Lighting: Damien Cooper. Choreography: Meryl Tankard. Director: Jim Sharman. OA Orch & Chorus. Conductor: Richard Hickox. (Sydney Opera House)

THREE FURIES: Scenes from the life of Francis Bacon (Premiere)

Play by Stephen Sewell. Music: Basil Hogios. CAST: Simon Burke (Artist), Socratis Otto (Model), Paul Capsis (Tisiphone). DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Alice Lau. Lighting: Damien Cooper. Director: Jim Sharman. (Performing Lines & 2005 Sydney Festival – Sydney Opera House Playhouse. Auckland Festival.) Helpmann Award 2005: Best Direction of a Play.

2004

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW

Play by Joe Orton. CAST: Max Gillies (Dr Rance), Nicholas Eadie (Dr Prentice), Deborah Kennedy (Mrs Prentice), Isabella Dunwill (Geraldine), Sam Haft (Nicholas Beckett), Michael McCall (Sgt Match). DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Alice Lau. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Director: Jim Sharman. (Belvoir St Theatre)

2002

KABARETT JUNCTION

Cabaret songs by Lou Reed, Bert Brecht & Kurt Weill, Randy Newman. CAST: Amie McKenna & David Hawkins. Producer: David Hawkins. Musical Director: Alan John. Writer / Director: Jim Sharman. (Showtune Productions)

2001

LANGUAGE OF THE GODS

Play by Louis Nowra. Staged reading. CAST: National Institute of Dramatic Art Graduate Actors. Director: Jim Sharman. (NIDA Studio)

BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL

Cabaret play by Kurt Weill, Bert Brecht, Maxwell Anderson et al. CAST: National Institute of Dramatic Art Graduate Actors: Nicholas Berg, Nicholas Brown, Andrea McEwan, Amie McKenna, Phil Miolin, Genevieve O’Reilly, Edith Podesta, Steven Rassios. DESIGN. Set: Ralph Myers. Costume: Alice Lau. Lighting: Bernie Tan. Choreographer: Shaun Parker. Musical Director: Michael Tyack. Director: Jim Sharman. (NIDA Studio)

1998-2002

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL OF ARTS BOARD

Board Member for the 1998, 2000 & 2002 Adelaide Festival of Arts.

1998

THE MIRAGE (Workshop)

Musical based on Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique. Book and Lyrics by Nick Enright. Music by Tyrone Landau. CAST: Josh Quong Tart, John Waters, Kerry Walker, Paula Arundell & Co. (Sydney Theatre Company – Staged Musical Workshop)

1997

THE TEMPEST

Play by William Shakespeare. Music: Tyrone Landau. Dramaturg: Antony Ernst. Choreographer: Keith Bain. CAST: John Bell (Prospero), Rachel Maza (Miranda), Paula Arundell (Ariel), Tim Eliott (Alonso), Peter Lamb (Caliban), Tom Long (Ferdinand), with Lani Tupu, Michael Turkic, Kerry Walker and Tyrone Landau (Piano). DESIGN. Set & costume: Michael Wilkinson. Lighting: Mark Truebridge. (Bell Shakespeare – Sydney Opera House Playhouse – Tour: Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide)

1995

THE EIGHTH WONDER (Premiere)

Opera by Alan John and Dennis Watkins. CAST: David Hobson (Architect), Clare Gormley (Alexandra Mason), John Pringle (Politician), Roger Lemke (Engineer), & Co. Choreography: Kim Walker. DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Tess Schofield. Lighting: Rory Dempster. Creative Development: Jim Sharman. Director: Neil Armfield. (Opera Australia – Sydney Opera House, ABC TV)

SPLENDID’S (AUS Premiere)

Play by Jean Genet. Adapted by May Brit Akerholt and Jim Sharman. CAST: David Wenham (Bob), Ralph Cotterill (Scott), Jacek Koman (Jean), Daniel Rigney (Policeman), Teo Gebert (Bravo), Colin Moody, Joel McIlroy, Leigh Russell, Bogdan Koca. DESIGN. Set & Costume: Michael Wilkinson. Creative development: Jim Sharman. Director: Bogdan Koca. (Belvoir St Theatre)

MISS JULIE / THE STRONGER

Plays by August Strindberg. Adapted by Jim Sharman (Miss Julie) and Hilary Bell (The Stronger). CAST: Pamela Rabe (Julie, Miss Y), Robert Menzies (Jean), Jeanette Cronin (Kristin, Mrs X). DESIGN. Set & costume: Mary Moore. Lighting: Karen Norris. Choreographer: Michael Fuller. Director: Jim Sharman (State Theatre of SA – Playhouse)

1994

THE WEDDING SONG (Premiere)

Musical. Book & Lyrics by Hilary Bell. Music by Stephen Rae. CAST: Craig Ilott, Genevieve Davis, Paul Capsis, Paula Arundell, Laurence Clifford, Annie Finsterer and NIDA Actors. DESIGN. Set: Andrew Purvis. Costume: Tess Schofield. Choreography: Stephen Page. Director: Jim Sharman. (NIDA Company)

1993

THE BURNING PIANO - A PORTRAIT OF PATRICK WHITE

Documentary Feature. 120mins. INTERVIEWS with: David Marr, Peggy Garland, Barry Humphries, David Malouf, Betty Withycombe, Geoffrey Dutton, Nin Dutton, Neil Armfield, Harry Kippax, etc. CAST: Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush, Robyn Nevin, Colin Friels, Kate Fitzpatrick, Kerry Walker, John Krummel, Peter Whitford, Carol Skinner, Geoff Morrell, Raymond Blanco. Camera: Paul Costello. Sound: Mario Pellegrino. Design: Robert Dein. Editor: John Pleffer. Interviewer: David Marr. Produced by Chris McCullough. Conceived & Directed by Jim Sharman. (ABC-TV)

1992

SHADOW AND SPLENDOUR (Premiere)

Play by Jim Sharman. CAST: Colin Friels, Fumi Dan, Edwin Hodgeman, Maria Mercedes, Miki Oikawa & Co. DESIGN. Set: Shaun Gurton. Costume: Ross Wallace. Lighting: David Walters. Music: Ian McDonald. Director: Jim Sharman. (QTC premiere Suncorp Theatre – State Theatre of SA for the Adelaide Festival)

1991

DEATH IN VENICE

Opera by Benjamin Britten & Myfanwy Piper, after Thomas Mann’s novella. CAST: Robert Gard (Aschenbach), John Pringle (Traveller), Damien Smith (Tadzio) & Co. DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Luciana Arrighi. Lighting: Rory Dempster. Choreography: Meryl Tankard. Director: Jim Sharman. Australian Opera Orch & Chorus. Conductor: Myer Freedman. (Restaging for The Australian Opera – Sydney Opera House & State Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre)

1990

CHESS (AUS Premiere)

Musical. Book & Lyrics: Tim Rice. Music: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus. Music arranged by Alan John. Conductor: Michael Tyack. CAST: Jodie Gillies (Florence), David McLeod (Freddie), Robbie Krupski (Anatoly), Maria Mercedes (Svetlana), Laurence Clifford (Arbiter), John Wood (Molokov), David Whitney (Walter) & Co. DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Tess Schofield. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Choreography: Christine Koltai. Director: Jim Sharman (Theatre Royal, Sydney)

1989

THE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLE (Premiere)

Play by Manfred Karge. Translation: Tinch Minter, Anthony Vivis. CAST: Baz Luhrmann, Angie Milliken, David Field, Stephen Rae, John Polson, Justin Monjo, Lisa Kelly & Richard Huggett. DESIGN. Set & costume: Ross Wallace. Lighting: Mark Howett. Director: Jim Sharman. (Belvoir St Theatre)

1988

THE RAKE’S PROGRESS

Opera by Igor Stravinsky. Libretto: WH Auden & Chester Kallman. CAST: Neil Rosenshein (Tom Rakewell), Gillian Sullivan (Anne Truelove), Geoffrey Chard (Nick Shadow), Rosemary Gunn (Baba), Judy Connelli (Mother Goose), Graeme Ewer (Auctioneer) & Co.. DESIGN. Set: Tim Ferrier. Costume: Ross Wallace. Lighting: Mark Howett. Choreographer: Christine Koltai. Director: Jim Sharman. Australian Opera Orch & Chorus. Conductor: David Agler. (Sydney Opera House)

THE SCREENS (AUS Premiere)

Play by Jean Genet. Translation: Bernard Frechtman. CAST: National Institute of Dramatic Art Graduate Actors: Richard Huggett, Rachel Szalay, Deborah Unger & Co. DESIGN. Set & costume: Angus Strathie. Lighting: Robert Dallas. Director: Jim Sharman. (NIDA Playhouse)

1987

BLOOD RELATIONS (Premiere)

Play by David Malouf. CAST: John Wood (Willy), Maggie Kirpatrick (Hilda), Laurence Clifford (Dinny), Paul Goddard (Kit), Deborah Kennedy (McClucky), Geoff Morrell, Heather Mitchell, David Pledger. DESIGN. Set: Tim Ferrier. Costume: Ross Wallace. Lighting: Donna Broadbridge. Composer: Alan John. Dramaturg: May-Brit Akerholt. Director: Jim Sharman. (STC – Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre)

A LIE OF THE MIND (AUS Premiere)

Play by Sam Shepard. CAST: Steve Bisley (Jake), Kaarin Fairfax (Beth), Simon Chilvers (Baylor), Cornelia Frances (Lorraine), Annie Byron (Meg), Justin Monjo (Mike), James Robertson (Frankie) & Katrina Foster (Sally). DESIGN. Set: Jim Sharman. Costume: Tess Schofield. Lighting: Mark Howett. Director: Jim Sharman. (Belvoir St Theatre)

1986

VOSS (Premiere)

Opera by Richard Meale. Libretto: David Malouf, from the novel by Patrick White. Conductor: Stuart Challender. CAST: Geoffrey Chard (Voss), Marilyn Richardson (Laura), Robert Gard (Le Mesurier), John Pringle (Palfreyman), Gregory Tomlinson (Harry Robards), Robert Eddie (Judd), Anne-Maree McDonald (Belle), Heather Begg, Clifford Grant, Rosemary Gunn, Paul Ferris, Lesley Stender, Christopher Dawes & Co. DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Luciana Arrighi. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Director: Jim Sharman. (The Australian Opera. Premiere: Adelaide Festival Theatre. Later: Sydney Opera House & State Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre. Telecast and released on DVD by ABC-TV)

1985

THE DANCE OF DEATH

Play by August Strindberg. Adapted by May Britt Akerholt and Jim Sharman. Composer: Peter Sculthorpe. CAST: Gillian Jones (Alice), Rhys McConnochie (Edgar), Robin Ramsay (Kurt), Mark Pegler (Alan), Odile le Clezio (Judith). DESIGN. Set: Geoffrey Gifford. Costume: Ross Wallace. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Music: Peter Sculthorpe for Solo Cello. Cellist: Susan Blake / David Pereira. Director: Jim Sharman. (STC – Opening season of the Wharf Theatre)

A DREAM PLAY

Play by August Strindberg. Translation: Harry G. Carlson. CAST: National Institute of Dramatic Art Graduate Actors: Helen Mutkins (Agnes), Baz Luhrmann (Officer), Justin Monjo, (Lawyer), Rosalba Clemente (Stage Door Keeper), Catherine McClements, Leverne McDonnell, William Brandt, Jamie Robertson, Nell Schofield, Sonia Todd, Rhett Walton & Co. DESIGN. Set: Tim Ferrier. Costume: Ross Wallace. Director: Jim Sharman. (Playhouse Theatre, NIDA)

1983

SUNRISE (Premiere)

Play by Louis Nowra. CAST: Lighthouse Company. DESIGN. Set: Geoffrey Gifford. Costume: Norma Moriceau. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Director: Jim Sharman. (Lighthouse)

PAL JOEY

Musical by Rodgers & Hart, after John O’Hara. CAST: Lighthouse Company. DESIGN. Set & Costume. Stephen Curtis. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Musical Director: Alan John. Choreographer: Christine Koltai. Director: Jim Sharman. (Lighthouse)

BLOOD WEDDING

Play by Frederico Garcia Lorca. CAST: Lighthouse Company. DESIGN. Set: Geoffrey Gifford. Costume: Ken Wilby. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Choreographer: Michael Fuller. Composer: Cameron Allan. Director: Jim Sharman. (Lighthouse)

NETHERWOOD (Premiere)

Play by Patrick White. CAST: Lighthouse Company. DESIGN. Set & Costume. Ken Wilby. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Director: Jim Sharman. (Lighthouse)

1982-3

LIGHTHOUSE (State Theatre of South Australia, 1982–1983)

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Jim Sharman. GENERAL MANAGER: Mary Vallentine. ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Neil Armfield & Louis Nowra. WRITERS: Patrick White, Louis Nowra, Stephen Sewell, Bill Harding, Nick Enright. LIGHTHOUSE ACTING COMPANY: Robyn Bourne, Peter Cummings, Robert Grubb (1983), Melissa Jaffer (1982), Gillian Jones, Melita Jurisic, Alan John, Russell Kiefel, Belinda McClory (guest: Sunrise), Robert Menzies, Stuart McCreery, Jackie Phillips, Geoffrey Rush, Juliet Taylor (guest: Dream), Kerry Walker, John Wood. DESIGN. Set & Costume: Sue Blane, Stephen Curtis, Ken Wilby, Mary Moore, Geoffrey Gifford, Norma Moriceau. Lighting Design: Nigel Levings. GRAPHICS: Geoffrey Gifford. COMPOSERS: Alan John & Sarah de Jong.

1982

ROYAL SHOW (Premiere)

Play by Louis Nowra. Music by Sarah de Jong. CAST: Lighthouse Company. DESIGN. Set & Costume: Stephen Curtis. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Director: Jim Sharman. (Lighthouse)

SILVER LINING (Premiere)

Play by Bill Harding. CAST: Lighthouse Company. DESIGN. Set & Costume: Stephen Curtis. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Director: Jim Sharman, (Lighthouse)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Play by William Shakespeare. CAST: Lighthouse Company. DESIGN. Set & Costume: Sue Blane. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Directed by Jim Sharman. (Lighthouse)

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Jim Sharman. GENERAL MANAGER: Mary Vallentine. PROGRAM INCLUDED: Pina Bausch’s Wuppertaler Tanztheater (Blaubart, 1980, Kontakthoff), Whitney Museum Edward Hopper Retrospective, Nuova Compagnia de Canto Populare, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The Comic Strip. Janacek opera: The Makropolis Affair. Premieres of new work by Patrick White (Signal Driver), David Hare (A Map of the World), Graeme Koehne (Symphonic work), Richard Meale and David Malouf (Opera preview: Voss)

1981

LULU

Play by Louis Nowra, from Frank Wedekind. Composer: Sarah de Jong. CAST: Judy Davis (Lulu), Malcolm Robertson (Dr Schon), Kerry Walker (Countess Geschwitz), Brandon Burke (Alwa), Ralph Cotterill (Schigolch), John Wood (Wrestler), Juliet Taylor, Robert Grubb & Co. DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Luciana Arrighi. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Director: Jim Sharman. (State Theatre Company of SA: Playhouse. STC: Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre)

SHOCK TREATMENT

Screen Musical by Richard O’Brien. 90mins. CAST: Jessica Harper, Cliff De Young, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Charles Gray, Ruby Wax, Nell Campbell, Barry Humphries, Darlene Johnson, Manning Redwood, Rick Mayall, Wendy Raebeck, Jeremy Newson, Betsy Brantley, Barry Dennen, etc. DOP: Mike Molloy. Production Design: Brian Thomson. Editor: Richard Bedford. Music by Richard Hartley & Richard O’Brien. Screenplay by Richard O”Brien & Jim Sharman. Producers: Lou Adler, Michael White, John Goldstone. Director: Jim Sharman. (20th Century Fox)

1980

DEATH IN VENICE (AUS Premiere)

Opera by Benjamin Britten & Myfanwy Piper, after Thomas Mann’s novella. CAST: Robert Gard (Aschenbach), Tom McDonnell (Traveller), Ian Wilkinson (Tadzio), & Co. DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Luciana Arrighi. Lighting: Rory Dempster. Choreographer: Ian Spink. Director: Jim Sharman. Adelaide Symphony Orch & Chorus. Conductor: Myer Freedman. (Adelaide Festival: State Opera of SA)

1979

A CHEERY SOUL (Major revival)

Play by Patrick White. CAST: Robyn Nevin (Miss Docker), Peter Carroll (Mr Custance), Pat Bishop (Mrs Custance), Maggie Kirpatrick (Mrs Lillie), John Paramour, Sharon Calcroft & Co. DESIGN: Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Anna Senior. Lighting: John Hoenig. Composer: Cameron Allan. Director: Jim Sharman (Paris Theatre for Sydney Theatre Company Inaugural Season, Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre)

1978

PANDORA’S CROSS (Premiere)

Play by Dorothy Hewett. Songs by Dorothy Hewett & Ralph Tyrell. Musical director: Roy Ritchie. CAST: Jennifer Claire, Robyn Nevin, Arthur Dignam, Geraldine Turner, John Gaden, Steve J. Spears, Neil Redfern, Julie McGregor, John Paramor. DESIGN: Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Luciana Arrighi. Lighting: Bill Walker. Director: Jim Sharman. (Paris Theatre)

THE NIGHT THE PROWLER

Independent feature. 90mins. CAST: Ruth Cracknell, John Frawley, Kerry Walker, John Derum, Terry Camilleri, Maggie Kirkpatrick, June Collis, Harry Neilson, Ray Marshall, Rob Baxter, Dorothy Hewett, Alexander Archdale, Doris Fitton, Peter Collingwood, Maggie Blinco, Merv Lillie, etc. DOP: David Sanderson. Production Design: Luciana Arrighi. Editor: Sara Bennett. Music: Cameron Allan. Screenplay: Patrick White. Producer: Anthony Buckley. Director: Jim Sharman. (Roadshow Entertainment)

1977

BIG TOYS (Premiere)

Play by Patrick White. CAST: Kate Fitzpatrick (Meg), Arthur Dignam (Ritchie), Max Cullen (Terry). DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Victoria Alexandria. Asst Director: Mark Gould. Director: Jim Sharman. (Old Tote Theatre Company, Parade Theatre)

1976

THE SEASON AT SARSAPARILLA (Major Revival)

Play by Patrick White. CAST: Kate Fitzpatrick (Nola), Max Cullen (Ernie), Bill Hunter (Digger), Robyn Nevin (Girlie), Peter Whitford (Clive), Andrew Sharp (Roy). Michele Fawdon, Paul Bertram, John Jarratt, Julianne Newbould, Elizabeth Alexander, Nick Farr. DESIGN. Set & costume: Wendy Dickson. Lighting: Jerry Luke. Director: Jim Sharman. (Old Tote Company, Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre)

SUMMER OF SECRETS

Independent Feature. 100mins. CAST: Arthur Dignam, Kate Fitzpatrick, Rufus Collins, Nell Campbell, Andrew Sharp, etc. DOP: Russell Boyd. Production Design: Jane Norris. Editor: Sara Bennett. Music: Cameron Allan. Screenplay: John Aitken. Producer: Michael Thornhill. Director: Jim Sharman. (GUO Distribution)

1975

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Screen adaptation of The Rocky Horror Show. 100mins. A Lou Adler – Michael White Production. CAST: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Jonathan Adams, Peter Hinwood, Meatloaf, Charles Gray, etc. Original Book, Music & Lyrics: Richard O’Brien. Musical Arrangements & Direction: Richard Hartley. Production Design: Brian Thomson. Costume Design: Sue Blane. DOP: Peter Suschitzky. Editor: Graeme Clifford. Associate Producer: John Goldstone. Screenplay: Jim Sharman & Richard O’Brien. Producers: Lou Adler & Michael White. Director: Jim Sharman. (20th Century Fox. Full credits IMDb)

1974

THE TOOTH OF CRIME (UK)

Play by Sam Shepard. Musical director: Richard Hartley. CAST: Mike Pratt (Hoss), Diane Langton (Becky), Richard O’Brien (Crow), Jonathan Adams, Ken Cranham, Paul Freeman, Christopher Malcolm. DESIGN: Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Sue Blane. Directed by Jim Sharman (Royal Court Theatre)

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (US Premiere)

Musical by Richard O’Brien. CAST: Tim Curry (Frank), Abigail Haness (Janet), Bill Miller (Brad), Bruce Scott (Riff-Raff), Jamie Donnelly (Magenta), Boni Eten (Columbia), Meatloaf (Eddie, Dr Scott), Kim Milford (Rocky), Graham Jarvis (Narrator). DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Sue Blane. Lighting: Chip Monck. Musical Director: Richard Hartley. Director: Jim Sharman. Producer: Lou Adler. (Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles. (1975: Belasco Theatre NYC – same cast)

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (AUS Premiere)

Musical by Richard O’Brien. CAST: Reg Livermore (Frank), Jane Harders (Janet), Jon Paramor (Brad), Sal Sharah (Riff-Raff), Kate Fitzpatrick (Magenta), Maureen Erkner (Columbia), David Cameron (Eddie, Dr Scott), Graham Matters (Rocky), Arthur Dignam (Narrator). DESIGN. Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Sue Blane. Lighting: John Saltzer. Musical Director: Roy Ritchie. Director: Jim Sharman. Producer: Harry M Miller. (New Arts Cinema, Glebe)

1973

THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Opera by Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill. Translator: Hugh MacDiarmid. CAST: Robin Ramsay (Macheath), Pamela Stephenson (Polly Peachum), Arthur Dignam (Streetsinger), Kate Fitzpatrick (Jenny), Colin Croft (Peachum), Gloria Dawn (Mrs Peachum), Drew Forsythe, Jane Harders, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ray Gurney, Ivar Kants, Paula Maxwell, Kirrily Nolan. DESIGN: Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Wendy Dickson. Director: Jim Sharman. (Old Tote Theatre; Drama Theatre, opening season of Sydney Opera House)

THE REMOVALISTS (UK Premiere)

Play by David Williamson. CAST: Ed Devereaux (Simmonds), Mark McManus (Kenny) Darlene Johnson (Kate), Shaun Rodger (Ross), Carol Mowlan (Fiona), Brian Croucher (The Removalist). DESIGN: Set & costume: Brian Thomson. Lighting: Rory Dempster. Choreographer: B. H. Barry. Director: Jim Sharman. (Royal Court, in association with Harry M Miller)

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (UK Premiere)

Musical by Richard O’Brien. Musical director/arranger: Richard Hartley. ORIGINAL CAST: Tim Curry, (Frank) Julie Covington (Janet, later Belinda Sinclair), Christopher Malcolm (Brad), Richard O’Brien (Riff- Raff), Patricia Quinn (Magenta), Nell Campbell (Columbia) Paddy O’Hagan (Eddie/Dr. Scott), Raynor Bourton (Rocky), Jonathan Adams (narrator). DESIGN: Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Sue Blane. Lighting: Gerry Jenkinson. Director: Jim Sharman. Producer: Michael White, assisted by Robert Fox. (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, then Chelsea Classic, then Chelsea Essoldo, then Comedy Theatre – 7 year season)

THE UNSEEN HAND (UK Premiere)

Play by Sam Shepard. Musical director: Richard Hartley. CAST: Warren Clarke (Blue Morphan), Richard O’Brien (Willie), Christopher Malcolm (Sycamore), Tony Sibbalt (Cisco), Clive Endersby (Kid). DESIGN: Brian Thomson. Director: Jim Sharman. (Royal Court)

1972

THE TRIALS OF OZ (US Premiere)

Documentary play by Geoffrey Robertson. Songs by Buzzy Linehart, Mick Jagger, John Lennon etc. CAST: Cliff de Young, Graham Jarvis, William Roderick, Leata Galloway, Harry Hold, Richard Clark. DESIGN: Set & costume: Mark Ravitz. Lighting: Jules Fisher. Director: Jim Sharman (Friends of Van Wolf production, Anderson Theatre, New York)

SHIRLEY THOMPSON VERSUS THE ALIENS

Underground Feature. 80mins. CAST: Jane Harders, John Ifkovitch, Tim Elliott, June Collis, Marion Johns, John Llewellyn, Ron Haddrick, Alexander Hay, etc. DOP: David Sanderson. Editor: Malcolm Smith. Production Design: Brian Thomson. Songs: Johnny O’Keefe. Title Song Lyrics: Helmut Bakaitis, Music: Ralph Tyrell, Sung by Jean Lewis. Screenplay: Helmut Bakaitis & Jim Sharman. Producer: Matthew Carroll. Director: Jim Sharman. Kolossal Piktures. (Australian National Film & Sound Archive)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (UK Premiere)

Musical by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber. Musical director: Patrick Flynn. CAST:Paul Nicholas (Jesus), Dana Gillespie (Mary),Stephen Tate (Judas), John Parker (Pilate),Paul Jabarra (Herod), Derek James (Simon), Richard Barnes (Peter), George Harris (Caiaphas) & Co. DESIGN: Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Gabriella Falk. Lighting: Jules Fischer. Choreographer: Rufus Collins. Musical Director: Anthony Bowles. Director: Jim Sharman. (Producer: Robert Stigwood. Palace Theatre, London – 9 year season)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (AUS Premiere)

Musical by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber. CAST: Trevor White (Jesus), Michelle Fawdon, later Marcia Hines (Mary), Jon English (Judas), Robin Ramsay (Pilate), Joseph Dicker (Herod), Stevie Wright (Simon), John Paul Young (Peter), Thomas Dysart (Caiaphas) & Co. DESIGN: Set: Brian Thomson. Costume: Rex Cramphorn. Choreographer: Keith Bain. Musical director: Patrick Flynn. Director: Jim Sharman. (Producer: Harry M. Miller. Concert staging premiered 1972 Adelaide Festival then toured nationally. Fully staged production premiered at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre 1972 then toured nationally.)

1971

LASSETER (Premiere)

Musical by Reg Livermore. Score: Patrick Flynn & Sandra McKenzie. CAST: Reg Livermore, Helen Morse, Drew Forsyth, Darlene Johnson, Ken Shorter, Melissa Jaffer, Garry McDonald, Jennifer Claire, David Cameron, Jean Lewis, John Hargreaves, Anne Haddy, Ron Falk. DESIGN: Brian Thomson. Choreographer: Keith Bain. Musical directors: Patrick Flynn & Sandra McKenzie. Director: Jim Sharman (Old Tote Theatre: Company, Parade Theatre)

KING LEAR

Play by William Shakespeare. CAST: Tim Elliott (Lear), Brian James (Gloucester), Jennifer Claire (Goneril, Marion Edward (Regan), Diana Greentree (Cordelia0, Simon Chilvers (Kent), Helmut Bakaitis (Fool), David Cameron, (Edmund) John Allen (Edgar). DESIGN. Set & costume: Richard Prins. Lighting: Nigel Levings. Music: Ralph Tyrell. Director: Jim Sharman. (Melbourne Theatre Company, Russell Street Theatre)

1970

HAIR (US)

Musical by James Rado, Jerome Ragni (Book & Lyrics) & Galt MacDermot (Music). CAST: Boston Cast. DESIGN: Set: Robin Wagner. Costume: Nancy Potts. Lighting: Jules Fischer. Sound: Abe Jacobs. Choreographer: Julie Arenal. Director: Jim Sharman. (Producers: Michael Butler & Bertrand Castelli – Wilbur Theatre, Boston)

HAIR (JAPAN Premiere)

Musical by James Rado, Jerome Ragni (Book & Lyrics) & Galt MacDermot (Music). CAST: Tokyo Cast. DESIGN: Director & Designer: Jim Sharman. (Producers: Bertrand Castelli & Shotaro Kawazoe. Shibuya, Tokyo)

AS YOU LIKE IT

Play by William Shakespeare. Music: Sandra McKenzie. CAST: Darlene Johnson (Rosalind), Ken Shorter (Orlando), Helen Morse (Celia), Tim Elliot (Jacques), Gerry McDonald, Terry Badger, James Bowles, Diane Craig, Reg Gillam, Robyn Gurney, Peter Rowley, Serge Lazareff, Brendon Lunney, Martin Vaughan. DESIGN. Set & costume: Brian Thomson. Lighting: Jim Sharman. Director: Jim Sharman. (Old Tote Theatre Company, Parade Theatre)

CHURCHILL STUDY FELLOWSHIP (Japan, Italy)

Theatre studies in Tokyo (Japanese No Theatre) and Cinema and opera studies in Milan (with Luchino Visconti). Interrupted and prematurely terminated by agreeing to direct the Tokyo production of HAIR.

1969

HAIR (AUS Premiere)

Musical by James Rado, Jerome Ragni (Book & Lyrics) & Galt MacDermot (Music). CAST: Wayne Matthews, John Waters, Berys Marsh, Paula Maxwell, Keith Glass, Sharon Redd, David Roddick, Audrey Keyes, Terry O’Brien, Graham Matters, Denni Hines, Ted Williams, Helen Livermore, Gillian Jones, Charlene Collins, Geoffrey Gilmour, Creena St Clair, Tony Gordon, Margaret Goldie, Clive Doak, Colin Setches, Wayne Cull, Jennie Cullen, Russell Carson & The Tribe. (Later: Reg Livermore, Marcia Hines, etc). DESIGN: Sydney: Jim Sharman (Melbourne & tour: Brian Thomson.) Choreographer: Jack Manuel. Musical Director: Patrick Flynn & Tully. Director: Jim Sharman (Producer: Harry M. Miller: Metro Theatre, Kings Cross, Sydney – 2 year season. (1971: Metro, Melbourne. National tour, incl. New Zealand)

1968

YOU NEVER CAN TELL

Play by George Bernard Shaw. CAST: Jacki Weaver, Ross Thompson, Ron Haddock, Doreen Warburton, Ken Shorter, Rona Coleman, Michael Boddy, Alan Edwards, Dan O’Sullivan, Peter McPhie, Kirsty Child. DESIGN: Set & Costume: Yoshi Tosa. Lighting: Jim Sharman. Director: Jim Sharman. (Old Tote Theatre, UNSW Campus, Kensington)

NORM & AHMED (Premiere)

Play by Alexander Buzo. CAST: Ron Graham (Norm), Edwin Hodgeman (Ahmed). DESIGN: Set & Costumes: Allan Lees. Lighting: Jim Sharman. Director: Jim Sharman. (Old Tote Theatre, UNSW Kensington)

TERROR AUSTRALIS (Premiere)

Revue devised by Jim Sharman. Written by Dean Letcher. CAST: Helen Morse, Garry McDonald, Ross Thompson, Jennifer West. Dramaturg: Judith Gemes. Set & Costume design: Ric Billinghurst. Director: Jim Sharman. (Jane Street Theatre, UNSW Campus, Randwick.)

1967

DON GIOVANNI

Opera by Mozart. Libretto: da Ponte. CAST: Neil Warren-Smith (Don G), Marcella Reale (Anna), Ronald MacConnaghie (Leporello), Rosemary Gordon (Elvira), Donald Shanks (Commendatore), Robert Gard (Ottavio), Maureen Howard (Zerlina), John Germain (Masetto). DESIGN. Set & Lighting: Jim Sharman. Costume: Ron Reid. Director: Jim Sharman. Elizabethan Trust Orch & Chorus. Conductor: Thomas Mayer. (Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera Company, Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne, Canberra Theatre, Tivoli Theatre Sydney.)

AND SO TO BED

Musical by JB Fagan and Vivian Ellis. CAST: Neville Teede, Jennifer West, Chris Winzar, Kerry Gotto, Barry Underwood & Co. DESIGN. Set & Costume: Edward Dembowski. Lighting: Jim Sharman. Director: Jim Sharman. (National Theatre, Perth)

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (AUS Premiere)

Play by Harold Pinter. CAST: Martin Magee (Stanley), Sheila Florence (Meg), Syd Conabere (Petey), Peter Adams (Goldberg), Derek Lord (McCann), Frances McDonald (Lulu). DESIGN: Set & Costume: Paul Kathner. Lighting: Jim Sharman. Director: Jim Sharman. (St Martin’s Theatre, Melbourne)

1966

THE LOVER (AUS Premiere)

One act play by Harold Pinter. CAST: Anne Haddy & Max Meldrum. DESIGN. Set & Costume: Michelle. Lighting: Jim Sharman. Director: Jim Sharman. (Q Theatre – AMP Lunchtime Theatre)

CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING (AUS Premiere)

Play by Arnold Wesker. CAST: Martin Magee, Dan O’Sullivan, John Gregg, Peter Fisk, John Clayton, Sean Scully. DESIGN. Set & Costume: Michelle. Lighting: Jim Sharman. Director: Jim Sharman. (Producer: Peter Summerton – Independent Theatre.)

THE GENTS (Premiere)

One act play by Harold Martin. CAST: Ben Gabriel, Don Pascoe, Doreen Warburton. DESIGN. Set and Costume: Martin Sharp. Lighting: Jim Sharman. Choreographer: Mrs Dembitzka. Director: Jim Sharman. (Q Theatre – AMP Lunchtime Theatre)

THE MAIDS (AUS Premiere)

Play by Jean Genet. CAST: Chris Winzar (Solange), Barry Underwood (Claire), Pat Bishop (Madame). Set & Costume Design: Michael Ramsden. Music: Richard Meale. Director: Jim Sharman.
(Group Theatre – Wayside Theatre, Kings X)

THE SPORT OF MY MAD MOTHER (AUS Premiere)

Play by Ann Jellicoe. CAST: Jennie Cullen, Ross Thompson, Alan Hardy, Janie Stewart, Charles Little. Designer: Ron Reid. Director: Jim Sharman. (Group Theatre – Wayside Theatre, Kings X)

ON STAGE OZ (Premiere)

Satirical Revue by Martin Sharp, Dean Letcher, Richard Neville, Richard Walsh, Jim Sharman. CAST: Gaye Anderson, Jennie Cullen, John Krummel, Janie Stewart, Ross Thompson, Colin Turner. Designer & Director: Jim Sharman. (Group Theatre – PACT Theatre & various transfer venues).

1965

A TASTE OF HONEY

A play by Shelagh Delaney. CAST: Helen Morse (Jo), Helmut Bakaitis, (Geoffrey), Roberta Grant (Helen), Anthony Thurbon (Peter), Martin Harris (Jimmy). DESIGN: Sets & Costumes: Ron Reid. Lighting & Sound: Jim Sharman. Director: Jim Sharman. (Group Theatre – Cell Block Theatre)

(Subsequent touring production staged for the Q Theatre in 1966.)

1945

BORN, MARCH 12, 1945

Parents: JAMES MICHAEL SHARMAN & CHRISTINA McANDLEISH SHARMAN (ne: Mitchell). Education: Randwick Boys High School. Worked briefly in advertising and for the ABC. Studied Stage Production at NIDA (1963-4) and, while there, worked on several professional productions, including the Australian premiere of Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF. 1964 Graduate design production: Brecht / Weill THE THREEPENNY OPERA. Graduation staged production: Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE.