Iconic comedy The Odd Couple makes its way to Comedy Theatre

Iconic comedy The Odd Couple makes its way to Comedy Theatre

From the Broadway stage to the Hollywood screen, Neil Simon’s timeless comedy The Odd Couple has delighted audiences worldwide, with the show’s latest adaptation opening at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on May 23.

Starring Aussie legends Shane Jacobson and Todd McKenney as Oscar and Felix, The Odd Couple follows the misadventures of two recently single friends whose opposite personalities clash when they decide to become roommates.

Felix’s neurotic cleanliness contrasts sharply with Oscar’s laid-back sloppiness, qualities that led them both to leave their wives, soon have the pair at each other’s throats.

Known for their dynamic chemistry on both television and stage in productions including The Real Full Monty and The Rocky Horror Show, Mr Jacobson and Mr McKenney are gearing up to charm Melbourne audiences.


“When I witnessed the great friendship between Shane Jacobson and Todd McKenney, and how wonderfully they work together on stage, I knew I’d found my perfect Oscar and Felix,” producer John Frost said.


“We have found an exceptionally gifted company of actors to perform this much-loved classic. I know audiences are going to love The Odd Couple and getting to know these mismatched flatmates all over again.”

Adding to the laughter are Lucy Durack and Penny McNamee, who portray the giggly English sisters, Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon, who live upstairs.

The two stars bring an extra layer of comedy to the production with their infectious energy, drawing on their longstanding friendship forged during their time in the original Australian cast of Wicked.

“I’m thrilled we have such a stellar cast to join Shane and Todd in The Odd Couple. What a coup that Lucy and Penny are available to join the cast,” Mr Frost said.

Since its debut, Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning play has been adapted numerous times for film and television, captivating audiences with its timeless and relatable themes of friendship, divorce, and the absurdities of human relationships.

As the curtain rises on this Australian production, audiences can once again revel in the laughter and joy that The Odd Couple brings to the stage.

“I’ve long been a fan of Neil Simon’s work,” Mr Frost said.

“This classic, laugh-a-minute play by the master of comedy is sure to have audiences rolling in the aisles.”

The Odd Couple will run at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from May 18 to June 23. •

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