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  • Rumours<BR> 26 Apr - 14 May 2023
  • Rumours - 26 April to 14 May 2023
  • Rumours - 26 April to 14 May 2023
  • Rumours - 26 April to 14 May 2023

“Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh.” – The New York Times,

Neil Simon's

Director: Robert Comber

Dates: April 26 to May 14, 2023

At a large, tastefully decorated house, a prominent UK government official has just shot himself.

Ken and Chris arrive for a party to find host Charley in his bedroom suffering from a bullet wound and the kitchen staff have disappeared!

Len and Claire are next, themselves injured in a car crash. They are soon joined by the pragmatic Ernest and Cookie, followed by Glenn and Cassie, who have relationship problems.

Rumours abound regarding Charley and his wife Vivian. What happens when the Police arrive? Is there an explanation of the "rumours" and Charley’s situation and who will concoct an explanation for what actually happened on the night?

As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

Neil Simon’s other plays include Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Lost in Yonkers.

Language Warning

Rumours contains some strong language.

Running time


Opening Night

Come along at 7:30pm on Wednesday 26 April to help us celebrate opening night and to enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

Ticket Prices

$30 (full), $25 (concession)
Group Concessions 10+: $25
Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@mrt.org.au for more details

Season Tickets

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Bookings for individual plays open about 2 months before the show, when you can book online or call 02 4933 2766 (12noon to 8pm, Mon-Fri).


Robert Comber

The Cast

Chris Bevans - Celia Kelly
Ken Bevans - Eamonn O'Reilly
Claire Cummings - Rhiannon McDonald
Leonard Cummings - Matt Robinson
Ernest Cusack - Scott Rankin
Cookie Cusack - Stevi Cannon
Glenn Cooper - Tejbir Singh
Cassie Cooper - Kaysia Dowie
PC Conklin - Jacqui Weston
PC Casey - Sharon Allen

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:
April: Wednesday 26, Friday 28, Saturday 29
May: Friday 5, Saturday 6, Friday 12, Saturday 13

Matinees at 2:00pm:
May: Sunday 7, Sunday 14
Doors open 30 minutes before performances

By Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical, on Behalf of Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company

COVID Safe Conditions of Entry

The safety of our community is of paramount importance. We have put measures in place to prioritise the health and well-being of everyone.

All visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask and are asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and exercise proper physical distancing while on site.

You are not permitted to enter Maitland Repertory Theatre if you:

    • are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)
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