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The Venetian Twins (musical)

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Terence Clarke

Nick Enright

Nick Enright

Adapted from
Les Jumeaux vénitiens

Nick Enright

Originally published

Nick Enright

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I due gemelli veneziani by Carlo Goldoni

Sydney 1979 Sydney 1981 Brisbane 1990 Newcastle 1996 Adelaide 1996 Brisbane 2004

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The Venetian Twins is an Australian two-act musical comedy. It was adapted from a commedia dell'arte play - I due gemelli veneziani by Carlo Goldoni - and the lyrics were written by Nick Enright; the music was composed and arranged by Terence Clarke.


Production history

The Venetian Twins premiered on 26 October 1979 in the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. The Nimrod Theatre Company production was directed by John Bell for the inaugural season of the Sydney Theatre Company. It starred Drew Forsythe as the twins, coloratura soprano Jennifer McGregor, Tony Sheldon, and Tony Taylor (for all four of whom their roles were specifically written), Jon Ewing as Pancrazio, the villain, and others.

The 1981 Sydney remount by Nimrod Theatre at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre featuring most of the original cast toured to Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Geelong. The cast was reduced to nine from the original ten.

The 1990 Brisbane production by the Royal Queensland Theatre Company, for which the work was substantially revised, also played seasons in Sydney and Melbourne.

Other notable productions include those of the State Theatre Company of South Australia featuring Paul Blackwell (Adelaide 1996 and Melbourne) and Queensland Theatre Company featuring Mitchell Butel (Brisbane 2004). It is frequently produced by schools and amateur theatre groups.

Reception and awards

The 1991 Melbourne season was nominated for nine Melbourne Green Room Awards for music theatre: Production, Direction (John Bell), Set Design (Stephen Curtis), Costume Design (Stephen Curtis), Male Performer in a Leading Role (Drew Forsythe), Female Performer in a Leading Role (Helen Noonan), Male Performer in a Supporting Role (both Jonathon Biggins and Dennis Olsen) and Female Performer in a Supporting Role (Tara Morice).

For the 1997 Melbourne season, Paul Blackwell was nominated for a Green Room Award for Male Artist in a Leading Role in music theatre.

For the 2004 Brisbane production, Mitchell Butel received the 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical. Also nominated were Bridget Boyle (Best Female Actor in a Musical), Sandro Colarelli (Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical) and Robert Kemp (both Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design).


The script was published by Currency Press, Sydney, in 1996, and the vocal score by Fitzroy Press some time later. The work has been a set text for the NSW Higher School Certificate English and Drama courses. Larrikin Records released a cast recording of the 1981 production. The five-player instrumentation is: flute doubling guitar; clarinet; trombone; percussion, including tubular bells; and piano.

The manuscript of the libretto and lyrics, and related papers, are held by the Australian Defence Force Academy.


The Venetian Twins (musical) Wikipedia

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