School for Scandal Season

The School for Scandal goes back to the 1950s in a new version of Sheridan's classic comedy to be performed under the stars over four weekends next January. Following a sell-out season last summer, Open Gardens SA

and Blue Sky Theatre are bringing another hilarious, fast-paced comedy to gardens across SA.


 In a society awash with gossip, Lady Sneerwell (Nicole Rutty) and her snake-like assistant (Miriam Keane) ruin the reputations of their rich friends simply for the fun of it. Among the targets are two brothers; Charles (Robert Bell), a loveable rogue who drinks too much, and Joseph (Lee Cook) a sanctimonious, two-faced MP. While they compete to win the heart of Maria (Ashley Penny), they're unaware their wealthy Uncle Oliver (Adrian Barnes) and old nanny (Lindy LeCornu) are secretly testing them to determine who deserves his inheritance.


The comely Lady Teazle (Kate Van Der Horst) must fend off the slanderous barbs that have caught the ear of her elderly husband (Steve Marvanek), London's top tittle-tattle Mrs Candour (Angela Short) and gossip columnist Benjamin Backbite (Joshua Coldwell).


Originally set in 1777, award-winning director Dave Simms is setting the story in 1955 when the idle rich were superficial yet sparkling, drinking Pimms and playing croquet on the lawn.


"The privileged classes disapproved of challenges to their way of life, such as teenagers, James Dean and Elvis Presley," he says. "And behind the veneer of respectability, these malicious prattlers splashed fake news around town like confetti. But the truth has a way of tumbling out!"


The School for Scandal will be staged at gardens in:

Victor Harbor on Frid 12, Sat 13 and Sun 14 January

Mount Pleasant on Sat 20 and Sun 21 January

Carrick Hill on Frid 26 January (Australia Day), Sat 27 and Sun 28 January

Stangate House on Frid 2 and Sat 3 February.

Tickets are $35 and picnic hampers are $13
All shows start at 6.30pm and finish just after 9.00pm
Gates open at 4.30pm
The bar will be open so look around the garden and have your picnic on the lawn

Please go to Events above to book