Arts & Entertainment

The Birdcage

Credit: Denise Stopford

Call it the little production company that could. Ruby Productions, which has been mounting shows exclusively in Penrith for the past four years, is now set to dazzle Sydney audiences with their newest production, The Birdcage.

After a sell-out run in Penrith, directors Anthony Brown and Joanne King are set to bring the show to Glebe’s Roxbury Hotel. “It’s the first production that we’ve really taken on the road, so to speak,” says King. “It’s a very different venue, so it was a challenge…at Ruby we try to set ourselves new challenges. It’s all about learning new skills!”

They’ve certainly put that motto to work in adapting one of Robin Williams’ best beloved movies from screen to stage. “We’ve been true to the movie script,” says King, “but we’ve also added in some really fantastic dancing and drag queen acts and our choreographer is just fabulous.”

When asked what Sydney audiences and fans of the film can expect to see, King is quick to note: “They will definitely laugh, that’s for sure!” She goes on, “There’s a Robin Williams quote… ‘You’re only given a little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it!’ – and they can expect to see a spark of madness from us as well!”

May 26th – 30th, The Roxbury Hotel, 182 St John’s Road, Glebe. $35, Tickets:, (02) 4735 5422. (Additional tickets at the door, every night).