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About Quartet

By turns funny and poignant, the play's London premiere was in 1999. In a home for retired opera singers.

Each year the inhabitants put on a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday.

Three of the current residents are wondering what they should perform, when a new resident arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium.

She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on.......


  • Genre: Drama

  • Director: Gabrielle Leeds


Wendy Holgate

Cecily Robson

Peter Nethercote

Reginald Paget

Ellis Ebell

Wilfred Bond

Margaret Jarvis

Jean Horton


  • Directed by

    Gabrielle Leeds

  • Designed by

    Julian Oldfield

  • Stage Manager

    Bruce Eldridge

  • Lighting

    Frank Hanrahan

  • Sound Set-Up

    Michael Zala

  • Foyer

    Yvonne Downing and BNT Members

  • Photography

    Helen Irving

  • Graphic Design

    Peter Freund

  • Sound

    David Bradley

  • Props

    Sarah Kernighan

  • Set Construction

    Frank Lilley ably assisted by, David Bradley, Ross Coleman, Fred Fargher, Wendy Hall, Brydie Howell, Eddie Lawson, Tony McGuinness, Peter Nethercote, Matt Noble, Josh Noble, Julian Oldfield, Megan Pinkerton, Ken Prato, Andrew Seeary

Performance Gallery


Reviewer - Gail Sjogren

In a Home for retired opera singers, four aging stars find themselves asked to perform their most famous quartet at a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. By turns very funny and equally poignant Quartet makes the most of this potentially explosive situation as the four singers show that age may have weakened them physically but it has not diminished their desire for the limelight or their ability to command an audience.
Quartet is directed by Gabrielle Leeds, well known for roles in many local productions as well as her film role in Dalkeith. The outstanding cast includes two of Ballarat’s best known actors in Wendy Holgate and Peter Nethercote, playing the dotty contralto and the artistic, highly strung tenor. They are joined by two equally talented newcomers to the Ballarat scene, Ellis Ebell as the raunchy and ever optimistic baritone and Margaret Jarvis as the domineering but ultimately touching soprano.

The intimate setting of the Courthouse Theatre is ideal for a play which takes us into the lives of four people whose indomitable spirit makes the best of growing older. Their dilemma, to reproduce their youthful success with voices no longer at their peak, is resolved in a manner which provides a triumphant conclusion to an excellent night's entertainment.