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It’s A Wonderful Life!

  • It's A Wonderful Life!
  • It's a Wonderful Life!

"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings."

It's A Wonderful Life!
Adapted for radio-on-stage by Tony Palermo

Directed by Aimee Cavanagh

November 23 to December 9, 2018

What is it you want? Do you want the moon...? All you gotta do is just say the word, and I'll throw a lasso around it.” - George Bailey

It’s a Wonderful Life! is based on the classic holiday movie with James Stewart, with a twist thrown in: the story is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of you, the studio audience.

Twelve actors portraying thirty-seven characters, work as an ensemble to bring the beloved Frank Capra film to life. This adaptation, presented in the style of the golden age of radio, gives the audience a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective as the cast and crew use only their voices, some music, and live sound effects to tell the story of idealistic George Bailey.

The tale unfolds as George considers ending it all one fateful Christmas Eve. George’s guardian angel, Clarence, is sent to intervene and show him what might have been if he’d never been born. Clarence shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all his good deeds over the years. It’s A Wonderful Life! is a feel-good story that has delighted audiences for generations.

Seating is at tables of eight and our audience is invited to bring their own nibblies and drinks. We’ll provide a glass of bubbles or sherry on arrival and a light dessert with tea and coffee at interval.

Included in Ticket Price

On arrival: A welcoming glass of bubbles or sherry
At Interval: Chocolate dipped profiterole or pudding bites
Tea/Coffee and after dinner mint

Seating: Tables of 8 (you don’t need to book a full table)

Ticket Prices:

Tickets: $29 for the radio play, bubbles on arrival, light dessert and tea/coffee at interval

Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@maitlandreptheatre.org for more details


You can book online or by calling the Maitland Visitor Information Centre on 02 4931 2800 (10 - 3 daily)

The Director:

Directed by Aimee Cavanagh

The Cast:

Peter Murray
Terry Allan
Millie Chorlton
Mia Layzell
Rachael Cook
Ronan Barrett
James McCaffrey
Helen Comber
Claudia Minter
Campbell Knox
Ryan Hodges
Mark Chorlton
Alex Comber

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:
November: Fri 23, Sat 24, Fri 30;
December: Sat 1, Fri 7, Sat 8
Doors open at 7:30pm, 30 minutes before performances*

Matinees at 2:00pm:
November Sun 25; December Sun 2, Sun 9
Doors open at 1:30pm, 30 minutes before performances*