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G.bod Theatre presents:

G.bod Theatre are thrilled to announce a second season of Queen Bette, a one‐woman show starring Jeanette Cronin as iconic movie star Bette Davis. The World Premiere of the show was part of both the Mardi Gras Festival 2015 and the Old 505 Theatre 2015 Season.

Queen Bette

About the show

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

G.bod Theatre follow Queen Bette, their sold out and critically acclaimed show about Hollywood icon Bette Davis (a ‘Wow” moment” of 2015 - Jason Blake, SMH) with this updated version of the iconic 1960s play by Frank Marcus.

This 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. In an intimate cabaret style, Queen Bette follows her incredible life and makes reference to many of her most famous screen roles – in particular her fascination with Queen Elizabeth I (whom she played twice in two different movies). 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.

Queen Bette is a devised show, based on the hundreds of interviews that Bette Davis gave over her lifetime. It is set in 1959, just after her beloved mother Ruthie died, and just befoe her career revival in “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane”.

G.bod Theatre follow their critically acclaimed productions of Shallow Slumber and A View Of Concrete with this remarkable exploration of the glory days of Hollywood. Renowned Australian actress Jeanette Cronin (Holding the Man, The Boys, Parramatta Girls, Dark Voyager) returns to the role she was born to play.


Creative Team:

Jeanette Cronin as Bette Davis

Lighting Design by Juz McGuire
Photography by Richard Hedger
Stage Manager: Lachlan McNab

Directed by Peter Mountford

Event Dates:
22nd March to 8th April, 2016
Tuesday – Saturday at 8.00pm

Old 505 Theatre
5 Eliza Street Newtown NSW 2042

Press enquiries please contact Peter Mountford on 0415 585 133









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G.bod Theatre is a physical theatre company based in Sydney. Formally known as Gaybod Theatre, formed by Peter Mountford & Marcella Hynes in London 1997.

Artistic Director: Peter Mountford

Artistic Director Peter Mountford


Reviews for the Premiere Season of Queen Bette:

“A richly fascinating story… The result is an absorbing yet light-hearted docudrama that brings to vivid life one of Hollywood’s pioneering greats. The real royal deal.“
Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

“Make sure you go. This is a night you won’t forget in a hurry.”
Lisa Thatcher

“Vibrant, funny, and tremendously expressive. Dynamically paced, with unexpected stylistic changes developing between scenes to keep us attentive and fascinated.”
Suzy Goes See

“Rain or shine, grab a ticket if you can.”
Judith Greenaway, Sydney Arts Guide

Reviews for A View of Concrete:

“An intriguing concept, and one that blurs the lines between truth and imagination in one drug-induced haze.”
Stephanie Yip, The Brag

“This was the most impressive piece I have seen at King St Theatre in quite a while. The cast almost danced around each other, often using each other as props or becoming a part of the set.”


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