Melbourne Theatre Company has unveiled ‘Act 2’ of its 2021 season, which will feature three new Australian plays – including a new take on Edmond Rostand written by and starring Virginia Gay – and two Australian premieres. The season will come to a close with the return of the new production of Shakespeare’s As You Like Itthat was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virginia Gay

“It’s a great pleasure to be launching Act 2,” said MTC’s Artistic Director and CEO Brett Sheehy. “We are especially pleased to be presenting the world premieres of three brand new Australian plays, putting home-grown work front and centre in a year when supporting our industry matters most.”

“Across the six productions in Act 2 we explore big questions about contemporary life, and after more than a year of waiting we’ll at long last see As You Like It,” he said. “It will be the big, cheerful end-of-year celebration of theatre that Melbourne deserves.”

Act 2 will kick off in May with the Australian premiere of Broadway hit The Lifespan of a Fact, by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, which will star Nadine Garner,...