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For Immediate Release: Tuesday 20 November 2018


G.bod Theatre, Old 505 Theatre and 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Wyngarde! A Celebration & Queen Bette: A Double Bill
Directed by Peter Mountford and co-devised by Peter Mountford with Garth
Holcombe (Wyngarde!) and Jeanette Cronin (Queen Bette)
A Premier Event of 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival
Tuesday 19 th February to Saturday 2 nd March @ 7pm
Opening Night: Wednesday 20 th February 2019
Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown NSW 2042


"It's lovely to see you - here's to a pleasant evening.
And a few surprises.
There we are.
Are you comfortable?
Now where shall we begin?"

Together for the first time, G.bod Theatre present two of stage and screen’s biggest,
fearless icons in an extraordinary double bill


About the show

Wyngarde! A Celebration:


Peter Wyngarde was best known for playing the character Jason King, the inspiration for
Austin Powers. He was an accomplished theatre, film and television actor until his fall from
grace: 2 arrests and convictions for gross indecency in public toilets in 1975.


Much of Wyngarde's life has been disputed: we know that he was mugged by thousands of
female admirers at Sydney Airport. He may have been born Cyril Goldbert. He may have had a relationship with Alan Bates. He may have had the nickname Petunia Winegum.
Wyngarde! A Celebration explores the amazing life and career of this British icon. A world
premiere of a one-man show with Garth Holcombe as Wyngarde!


Queen Bette:

“The Queen has no hour for love. Time presses, and events crowd upon her. Into a shell, an empty, glistening husk, she must give up all that a woman holds most dear.”

‘A ‘Wow’ moment on Sydney’s stage’ - Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
“Vibrant, funny, and tremendously expressive.” - Suzy Goes See
“The text is beautifully constructed. QUEEN BETTE, is a must.” Kevin Jackson
“The real royal deal. “- Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

This highly acclaimed one‐woman show retraces the remarkable steps of a true movie legend, from fledgling stage actress via an unrivalled glittering movie career that also saw her battling the Studios in an unprecedented attempt to gain independence as an artist. Davis fought hard all her life, had four husbands, two Oscars and a reputation as the biggest bitch in Hollywood. Queen Bette tells the whole story. Jeanette Cronin returns to the role she was born to play.


Presented by G.bod Theatre (world premiere).
Our stunning photos were taken by Richard Hedger.

cast/key creatives

All photos by Richard Hedger

Peter Mountford, Director

Peter trained at Bretton Hall and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in the UK. He has toured throughout the U.K. as a performer with physical theatre company fecund theatre and is artistic director of G.Bod Theatre. Directing: Mark Ravenhill’s Citizenship at the Greenwich Theatre and the acclaimed musical Pack Up Your Troubles at the National Theatre, London. Lorca's Shoemaker's Wife for Actors Centre Australia and Helen Blakeman's Cloud Busting, Rory Mullarkey’s The Grandfathers and SPYCODE, a devised show, all for NIDA. He has regularly directed for London Black History Month. In 2012, Peter directed the Sydney premiere of Chris Lee’s Shallow Slumber and Richard Zadjlic’s Dogs Barking for pantsguys productions.. Peter developed a new stage version of Ruth Park's The Harp in the South, the first in over 50 years, directed A View of Concrete for G.bod Theatre and both wrote and directed the acclaimed one-woman show Queen Bette, with Jeanette Cronin as Hollywood icon Bette Davis (Old 505 Theatre, 2 seasons). Peter is a qualified teacher from the Institute of Education, London, and has taught drama and acting extensively in the U.K., Malaysia and Sydney, where he has taught at NIDA, Actors Centre Australia and Newtown High School for Performing Arts. He was Course Manager of Youth and Holidays for NIDA Open Program from 2010 to 2012. He recently played Lord Arlington in New Theatre’s acclaimed production of Nell Gwynn.


Garth Holcombe, Wyngarde!

A graduate of NIDA (2006), Garth’s career has spanned the Film, Television and Theatre industries across Australia and the world. Theatre Highlights Include: ‘Daniel’ in THE PLANT- Ensemble Theatre, ‘Daniel’ in TRIBES- Ensemble Theatre, 'Archduke/ Archduchess' in ORLANDO- STC, 'Alexandre Dumas' in SONGS FOR THE FALLEN- New York, Sydney & New Zealand productions, 'Bastian' in Mr KOLPERT- PantsGuys, ‘Rudy’ in BENT- Belvoir, ‘Holger Voss’ in THE PIGEONS- Griffin Theatre Company, ‘Wolf’ in MAMMON INC- Action Theatre Singapore, ‘Mr. Smith’ in THE BALD SOPRANO- NIDA Theatres and DON JOHN OF AUSTRIA- Sydney Symphony Orchestra. (For NIDA) ‘Larry’ in Patrick Marber’s CLOSER, ‘Don’ in David Williamson’s DON’S PARTY, ‘Cymbeline’ in Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE, ‘Townly’ in THE LONDON CUCKOLDS and ‘Hasegawa’ in THE ATTIC. National Tours include: ACTORS AT WORK- Bell Shakespeare Company, SHAKESPEARE'S R&J and RAINBOW’S END both for Parramatta Riverside Theatres. Garth's screen credits include TV’s HEAD START, HOME AND AWAY, ALL SAINTS as well as numerous TVC’s and short films, shot locally and abroad. Garth was a recipient of the Mike Walsh Fellowship, 2012.


Jeanette Cronin, Queen Bette

A graduate of NIDA in 1986, Jeanette has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. In 1996, she was awarded the inaugural Mike Walsh Fellowship. Jeanette’s recent theatre credits include Letters to Lindy (Merrigong Theatre Company), I Love You Now, which was written by Jeanette (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), The Shadow Box (Apocalypse Theatre Company), The House on the Lake (Griffin Theatre), Queen Bette, a one-woman show about the life of screen legend, Bette Davis, which Jeanette co-devised (The Old 505 Theatre/G.bod Theatre), and Tell Me Again (Old 505Theatre), a two-hander written by Jeanette. Other career highlights include Dark Voyager (Ensemble Theatre), in which she also played Bette Davis, Anna Robi and The House of Dogs (The Old Fitzroy), The Boys, Quack and Bug (Griffin Theatre), Reasonable Doubt (New York Fringe Festival and The Old Fitz), The Taming of the Shrew (Bell Shakespeare), Parramatta Girls (Company B), A Doll’s House (STC), Miss Julie and The Stronger (State Theatre Company of South Australia) and Holding the Man (Griffin Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Malthouse, Brisbane Powerhouse and Belvoir). Feature film credits include, Powder Train, Shock Room, The Boys, Terra Nova, Blackrock and the romantic comedies Danny Deckchair and Thank God He Met Lizzie. Jeanette has also appeared in numerous television series, notably Janet King, Crownies, Rake, Peter Allen – Not the Boy Next Door, and Foxtel’s gripping new political drama, Secret City. IN 1995, Jeanette received a Green Room Award for her role as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (STC) and was nominated again in 2004 for Most Outstanding Female Actor for Nightletters (STCSA). In 2008, she received a Sydney Theatre Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Holding the Man. In 2015 Jeanette was nominated for a Glug award for her role in The House on The Lake.


Event Details & Venue Information

Wyngarde! A Celebration & Queen Bette: A Double Bill
plays at Old 505 Theatre, Tuesday 19th February to Saturday 2nd March @ 7pm
(Tuesday to Saturday performances)
Tickets are $27.55 to $58.16
Available from old505theatre.com

Please note this is an 18+ show.

Press Contact: Peter Mountford at peter@gbodtheatre.com

Further information here:

Tickets on sale December 15 here:

Press Release / Press Kit

queen bette photos by Richard Hedger



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