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Season 2020

COMEDY KIKI: Zoë Coombs Marr Live

JUST ANNOUNCED! Award-winning comic "genius" (Herald Sun) Zoë Coombs Marr, joins our queer comedy festival, Comedy Kiki!

COMEDY KIKI: Geraldine Hickey Live

JUST ANNOUNCED! A stalwart of the Australian comedy scene, Geraldine Hickey, joins our queer comedy festival, Comedy Kiki! 

Geraldine is the type of person who is happy to let other people lead. Leaders do all the work and know what’s around the corner. Geraldine doesn’t want to know what’s around the corner, she wants to believe there might be a bouncy castle there.

COMEDY KIKI: Nath Valvo Live

JUST ANNOUNCED! Nath Valvo joins our queer comedy festival, Comedy Kiki! 

Drawing heavily on his personal life, this hour of joke telling promises to deliver what Nath does best –  to tease people who make good life choices.


Darlinghurst Theatre Company is proud to present the World Premiere of Fluid by international icon, Courtney Act.

Season 2019






Join critically acclaimed cabaret stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood for a satirical look at musical theatre and its greatest (thinnest) leading ladies. With their trademark dry wit, stunning harmonies and feminist chutzpah, Marsden & Wood deliver an irreverent exploration of body image, tongues planted firmly in cheek.








Book by Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney 




Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents the world premiere of the landmark production - I'm With Her.  Directed by Victoria Midwinter Pitt, I'm With Her is a compelling collection of real-life stories from remarkable Australian women. From bartenders and Prime Ministers, to world champion athletes and nuns, these are stories of resilience and resistance in the age of #MeToo and #Time’sUp.

HAYDEN TEE: Up Close and Intimate


Season 2018

An Act of God

A wickedly clever comedy from the creator of, well, everything.

The Sound of Waiting

A tiny wooden boat is battered by roaring seas, on board Hamed Mokri cradles his small daughter. His former homeland now more perilous than the seas he’s fighting, his daughter the very last soul he can protect other than his own. He clings to a fading silver lining, to find land girt by sea. 


Argan is a needy and controlling patriarch of a household of women, and his hypochondria is the perfect means to keep them at his beck and call. But when his self-obsession extends to selling off his daughter in return for on-tap medical attention, his housekeeper Toinette decides it’s time to fight back.






An honest portrait of modern Australia.






An unapologetic, passionate and searing exploration of love.

Season 2017

The Mystery of Love & Sex 2017

Charlotte loves Jonny, but lately she’s been loving Claire. Jonny loves Charlotte, but lately he’s been having casual sex with men. Charlotte’s parents Lucinda and Howard try not to judge, but they just can’t help themselves.


Terry Johnson’s brilliant comedy and farce takes its inspiration from history, when in 1938 the surrealist painter Salvador Dali paid a visit to the Sigmund Freud. Freud had recently escaped Nazi Europe and settled in London.

I Love You Now

A sexy romantic tragi-comedy about love, desire… plus tango!


Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Britain took in over 10,000 mostly Jewish refugee children from Europe. The rescue effort was known as Kindertransport. Separated from their families and fostered out to British homes, most of the children never saw their parents again.

In Real Life

With the already obsessive relationship we have with technology, mankind’s most pressing existential crisis is already on our doorstep. People, everywhere, clutch a device, as if it were an extension of themselves in a never-ending quest for news, popularity, love and most of all connection. 

Silent Night

A hilarious take-no-prisoners comedy for anyone who feels a mix of terror and affection about spending Christmas with family.

Season 2016


Four mates board a cruise ship for the trip of a lifetime. They’re badly in need of a break and determined to leave life’s baggage behind. In their pursuit of good times and freedom, they begin to spin out of control. What is lurking in each of them ... is it something savage?

A Man With Five Children

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The cult of celebrity dissected in Nick Enright’s A Man With Five Children. Written in 1999, Enright pre-empted the current discussion on reality TV and public obsession with manufactured celebrity.


This is a rare opportunity to see a unique work developed in the Northern Territory and set in the Central Desert and we are so proud to be presenting for Sydney audiences. 

Remembering Pirates

“Take care, lest an adventure is now offered you, which, if accepted, will plunge you in deepest woe.” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

A Life in the Theatre

Performers John Gaden and Akos Armont and director Helen Dallimore bring their formidable talent and wealth of ‘life in the theatre’ experience to bear in David Mamet’s modern classic play and comedy.

Season 2015


A funny and moving piece of real-life theatre written and directed by Helpmann Award winner Dean Bryant, Gaybies tells the story of children who have grown up with gay parents. Drawn straight from interviews with children aged four to forty, these are authentic accounts of family life told with humour, honesty and wisdom.

This House is Mine

Tales from out of the ordinary.


Celebrated playwright Sidney Bruhl is in the grip of chronic writer’s block. With another flop on his hands he’s running out of inspiration – and cash. When a young writer sends Sidney the script for his brilliant new whodunit, Sidney devises a plan to claim it as his own.

Venus in Fur

Thomas is a director struggling to cast the female lead in his new play based on the classic sadomasochistic novel Venus in Furs. Into Thomas’ audition room blows a street smart, straight talking actor who displays an uncanny command of the material. As the audition progresses, the line between play and reality blurs.


Ben and Mary live in a decaying suburb hard hit by economic downturn. He’s lost his job and she’s discovered alcohol. They fire up the barbeque to welcome the arrival of new neighbours; a couple broke and fresh out of rehab. As the night wears on confessions are shared, inhibitions are shed and bacchanalia ensues.

Ride & Fourplay

Two acutely observed and richly human one-act plays that delve into the heart of modern relationships.

Good Works

Good Works is an enthralling memory play set across several decades and three generations. Centred on two boyhood friends whose family histories shape them as men, this is a tale of past crimes and misdemeanours, and innocence lost.

Season 2014


Marvin has left his wife and son for a male lover. Meanwhile, Trina has shacked up with Marvin’s shrink. Amongst this there’s also a Bar Mitzvah to organise. Is it too much to ask for everyone to get along?

The Gigli Concert

JPW King is a quack psychiatrist caught between the demands of Mona his mistress, Helen, the unattainable love of his life, and an insatiable taste for vodka. For King, the recurring question is how to get through each day. Then a mysterious Irishman walks into his office wanting to sing like the great Italian tenor, Beniamino Gigli...

The Young Tycoons

“The first generation makes it, the second generation builds it, the third f**ks it up.”

Every Second

Every Second is the story of two
thirty-something couples hell bent on having a child. They’ve given up sushi and champagne, as well as their sanity. But how much more are they willing to sacrifice?


One relationship. Infinite possibilities.

The Motherf**ker with the Hat

A high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and a misplaced hat.

Daylight Saving

Felicity has it all; a successful Sydney restaurant, a home with water views and a handsome jet setting husband. But with the sudden visit by an old flame, infidelity could be on the cards. Felicity’s plans for a candle-lit reunion go awry when a string of unexpected visitors drop by.

Season 2013

All My Sons

One of the most celebrated plays of the twentieth-century, All My Sons catapulted Arthur Miller into the ranks of America’s greatest playwrights.

Joe Keller is a proud family man, successful business owner and local hero but when he places the prosperity of his family above the lives of others, there are devastating consequences for all.

Season 2012

Ordinary Days

From one of the most exciting new and talented American composers comes Ordinary Days, a refreshingly honest, funny and beautiful music theatre gem about making real connections with people, despite our increasingly complex modern lives.

The Paris Letter

The Paris Letter starts with a bang, literally. A complex and lethal affair with a young male associate forces successful businessman, Sandy Sonenberg to confront a lifetime of half-buried desires.

Time Stands Still

From Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies comes the 2010 Tony Award-nominated play, Time Stands Still.

Reasons to be Pretty

Greg and Stephanie have been together for a while when Greg says something pretty dumb to Stephanie that pushes her to the very edge. Their familiar struggles of wanting to be loved, wanting to feel attractive and wanting to understand each other are at the bedrock of this searing comedy.

The Unspeakable Itch

Matt and Bec have been married for seven years … and we all know what that means. He wants a raise. She wants her cushions fluffed. He keeps fingering his car keys. She spends hours staring into the back yard longing for a new deck. If only they hadn’t started scratching The Unspeakable Itch.

The Seafarer

It’s Christmas Eve on the coast north of Dublin. Four old friends are settling in for their annual booze fuelled Christmas ritual of camaraderie and conversation with a hand or two of cards and a gripe or two to settle over recent misdeeds.

This year they are joined by a stranger who brings a bottle of the finest whiskey and a wallet full of cash. But he is the Prince of Darkness himself, and he is playing for souls.

Treasure Island

Pirates, buried treasure, sword fights, treasure maps, adventure!

The Lunch Hour

A bunch of co-workers are secretly writing a play about Martin, their boss - and nemesis - in the hope of winning a playwriting competition. But Martin has penned his own play about his dysfunctional staff and their thwarted lives, which he leaves on their desks as a parting gift and wake up call.

Miss Julie

Originally set on the eve of midsummer 1888 on the estate of a Swedish Count, Miss Julie, the Counts daughter, Jean the valet and the cook Kristin enter a dangerous irreversible game. Boundaries are crossed, rules are broken and the impossible is explored.

Season 2011

Open for Inspection

A real estate agent who becomes a serial killer – set to music.

Jane Austen’s Guide to Pornography and Gorgeous Bastard!

Prepare for an outrageous evening of nudity, smut and dreadful wigs, as Out Cast Theatre delivers a hilarious double bill from award-winning author, Steven Dawson.

Orange Flower Water

Two couples live with their children in relative bliss … until two of them begin a passionate affair.

I Only Came to Use the Phone

Full of beautiful, humorous, magic and tragic moments, this psychological thriller exposes a calculated and unforgiving society. 

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

The seas have risen, billions have died and those who are left live on farms atop skyscrapers, atop mountains. The scientists have tried everything. Floating islands sank, space probes found nothing, and the giant sponges, visible from the moon, are now rotting icons of failure.

The Coming World

An Australian premiere production of a small human story that asks big questions.


Join mariners Jof and Nic on a captivating journey as they flee their past and embrace adventure. 

Drake The Amazing + La Dispute

Two sharp comedies exploring love, lust and transformation.

The Libertine

The Libertine is a stunning theatrical exploration into the decaying facade of ‘civilised’ values, a contemporary vision of the rebirth of theatre during the English restoration.

10000 Beers

The Panorama Pirates, a football team from Adelaide travel to Sydney to celebrate the end of the rugby season. They let loose on Sydney with the aim of drinking 10,000 beers in one very wild weekend. From the Friday night pub crawl to the casino on Saturday and serious drinking on Stupid Sunday, the camaraderie is fierce but the final beer packs a punch.

No Way to Treat a Lady

No Way to Treat a Lady follows Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill, a failed and unknown actor, who turns his hand to murder to become famous. Detective Morris Brummell takes on the case and is hungry for recognition as he brings him to justice. The killer adopts a myriad of disguises to trick the detective in a thrilling cat and mouse game.

Season 2010

The Pitch

Written and performed by Peter Houghton, a nine time green room award nominee, The Pitch is an hilarious satire about the trials and tribulations of screenwriter, Walter Weinermann, preparing his film pitch for a panel of Hollywood heavyweights.

Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger

From Steven Dawson and Melbourne’s award-winning Out Cast Theatre comes the filthiest, funniest show you’ll ever see. 

Catholic School Girls

Anyone who survived a Catholic education in the 50s and 60s remembers a world of habits, Hail Marys, mystical and often terrifying nuns and priests AND the sharp whack of a ruler on bare skin!


A man plagued by his demons, a wife willing to do anything to keep him together. 

Bedroom Farce

Bickering friends, ex-girlfriends, awkward party – we’ve all been there.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

In a remarkable rendering of the musical genre, Kiss of the Spider Woman is a fierce tale of humanity pushed to its limits.

Winter's Discontent

Revealing, funny and moving, Winter’s Discontent is a theatrical tour de force from one of Australia’s finest actors.

tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ!

Punk, anarchy and a mid-life crisis – the paradox of ageing rockers who still think they’ve got it.

The Importance of Being Earnest

A legendary play that is one of the wittiest comedies in the English language on an intimate stage? Outstanding!

Often I Find That I Am Naked

Hands up who has secured a date on Facebook. Or found themselves sexting (text sex) a stranger they met online only two hours ago!

Season 2009

Don’t Stare Too Much!

One of Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s most popular shows ever, Don’t Stare Too Much!, makes a triumphant return to advise us about the pitfalls of modern romance.

Mademoiselle Fifi

Mademoiselle Fifi is a feast for the senses, full of lust, wine, song, and frivolity. Jo Turner and Company, the creators of Don’t Stare Too Much!, once again bring you a stunning visual style comedy, but this time sex and scandal are on the menu…

As Bees in Honey Drown

Gucci threads, Moet on tap – and your name on the VIP list…

Lady Windermere’s Fan

It’s only two years into their marriage and Margaret Windermere’s husband has been seen in the company of another woman for the last six months. Of course Margaret is the last to know.

Love Song

It is the duty of brothers and sisters to drive each other crazy. Joan loves her brother very much, but Beane has always been a little, well… peculiar. He’s a loner who isn’t great with social interactions. That is until Beane meets Molly and love launches him back into the real world. 

The Knowing of Mary Poppins

Winner of three Matilda Awards, The Knowing of Mary Poppins is a unique and magical journey into the life and imagination of P.L Travers, the Queensland-born author of Mary Poppins.

Dealer’s Choice

From the writer of the smash-hit films Notes on a Scandal and Closer comes a beautifully constructed play about risk, status, gambling, men and self-identity.

The Jungle

Spend 24 incredible hours in the heart of Sydney’s underbelly. This unexpectedly funny journey travels through the interconnected worlds of washed-up rock stars, drug-dealers, bent cops, prostitutes and opera-goers!

Bad Jazz

Narcissistic theatre director Gavin is creating his latest cutting edge work. Actress Natasha is willing to do anything for her art but her boyfriend Ben is not keen on how far she is prepared to go. Danny, an earnest but clueless actor, is trying to cope with a pregnant fiancée at home while falling for Natasha during rehearsals. Meanwhile Hannah, the playwright, can’t understand why her play is turning into something she can no longer recognise.

How to Act Around Cops

Police don't seem to have much of a sense of humour these days, especially when there is something thumping in the boot...

The Kursk

This amazing true story of the wrecked Russian submarine, The Kursk, is an epic thriller, an intriguing mystery and a love story for the ages.

Season 2008

Hello Again

Hello Again is the musical adaptation of La Ronde by the dazzlingly inventive composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa.

This is How it Goes

Cody and Belinda are high school sweethearts who married for better or (mostly) worse. They were a dream interracial couple, he was the sports hero, she the cheerleader – but 12 years and two kids later and their marriage is in trouble. When an old classmate returns to town, he sees Belinda at the mall and a flirtation begins; pulling them into a triangle of love, racism and distrust. 

Men, Love and the Monkey Boy

It’s time to sort the men from the monkeys. Phillip spends his days studying primate behavior. His special subject? The Gorilla, man’s second closest cousin. He need not look far for inspiration.

La La Land

When Terry Swanton gains art-house kudos for his small Australian independent film, he gets summoned to Los Angeles by Jimmy Fleishberg, the Greatest Independent Movie Producer In Hollywood. Jimmy’s got Big Ideas for Terry’s new screenplay, and La La Land is a crazy place.

Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

Once upon a time in a big city there were three sisters... One was crazy, the other a drunk and the third a control freak. They were all teachers, unhappy teachers! Their father left when they were young and their mother died after years of making their lives miserable. Then one night they all got together and things got messy – very messy. And very sad. And very, very funny. This is that night. 

Ball Game

Planned your own midlife crisis yet?
Ever had an orgasm over a pair of shoes?
Have you always wanted children because you enjoy pets?

Our Country’s Good

From the extraordinary novel The Playmaker by award winning author Thomas Kenneally (Schindler’s Ark, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith), Our Country’s Good takes us back to our convict past and tells the true story of the first theatrical production that was staged in Australia – performed entirely by convicts.

Pool (no water)

Bitchy, funny and to the point, pool (no water) is an unravelling of the ties that bind: a visceral and compelling play about the fragility of friendship, the morality of art and the jealousy and resentment inspired by success.

The Stallion of Death

It's 1890 and our hero Buck is a hapless, down and out drover, and he has a past he needs to escape from. He hears that the famous magazine The Bulletin' pays big money for true bush yarns and so he decides to cash in on his bush-charm and horsey knowledge.

Blowing Whistles

Nigel and Jamie are in a long-term relationship, living in Sydney. On the eve of their tenth anniversary (and the Mardi Gras party) they go cruising online and meet a teenager called Mark. The next 24 hours changes three lives forever. 

The God Botherers

Laura, a dizzy 24 year old from Bracknell is out to save the world. She trades her Cosmo for The Idiots Guide to the Koran and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime, volunteering as an aid worker in the far flung, third world country of Tambia.

Season 2007

No Chance in Hell Hotel

CSI meets Fame in this flawless, nail-biting comedy thriller set in the backstreets of Kings Cross – the latest razor-sharp offering from the creators of the international smash-hit comedy Bangers and Mash.

Boston Marriage

Today debate rages over gay marriage, but in the 19th Century, a Boston Marriage was the accepted term for two women who lived together, independent of men.

A Day in the Life of Joe Egg

Drifting between the sacred and profane A Day In The Death of Joe Egg is part recital, part vaudeville, part tragedy, part black comedy but always courageous and heartfelt.

Love’s Triumph

Edwina Brumble (Garry Scale) is the Queen of Kings Cross, a colourful business identity and proprietor of The Love Palace. She's about to lose her top girl to cupid’s arrow, a pile of her money to an unlikely nag in the 4th race at Randwick, and her only daughter to a country bumpkin. On top of all that, tough and hard-hearted Edwina Brumble is experiencing “romantic feelings” ... for a bent copper of all people!

City For Sale

From the writer of the smash hit political satire Meet The Candidates, City For Sale is an hilarious satire about Sydney-siders’ out of control love affair with real estate. 

Never Swim Alone and This is a Play

Never Swim Alone Meet Frank and Bill, two highly competitive businessmen. In a series of bouts the two men battle it out for the titles like ‘Who Falls Dead The Best’, ‘Best Power Lunch’ and ‘Who Has the Hottest Wife’.

Dying City

After hit seasons at The Royal Court Theatre in London and the Lincoln Center Theater in New York, Dying City makes its way to Sydney for its Australian premiere.

Dinner With Friends

Dinner with Friends follows two married couples who have been best friends for years. Food journalists, Karen and Gabe's lives are as carefully composed as their lemon polenta cake. But their lives are thrown upside down when one night a close friend arrives to dinner with a life-changing secret, a secret that rocks the delicate balance between love and friendship.

Pugilist Specialist

From the director and design team behind the hit production The Young Tycoons, comes the award winning comedy Pugilist Specialist. This superbly crafted satire follows a crack team of US marines as they plan the assassination of a moustachioed Middle Eastern dictator, code-named...“the bearded lady”. 

Memory of Water

Trapped by a snow-storm in the hours before their mother’s funeral, three adult sisters endure a bickering, very humorous and unsettling reunion as each of their memories compete for authenticity; Teresa, the ‘martyr’ and caregiver; Mary the classic over-achiever; and Catherine the wayward daughter.

An Unfortunate Woman

An Unfortunate Woman is a beautiful tale told with warmth and subversive comedy about the story of three separate lives that eventually collide. It is a mystery, a love story and a quest. Nicola Gunn’s masterful performance sets forth a gallery of characters in a world reminiscent of Dickens and Kafka. 

One More Than One

A man and a woman search online for the ultimate connection. She is a short statured feisty redhead, searching for the perfect mate. He is a 6-foot Asian, computer gamer, boxed in and a slave to his next adrenalin rush.

Lessons in Flight

Two wildly different sisters, Menan, shy and conservative and Rita, outgoing and unpredictable, haven’t spoken in years.

The Bee

What would you do if your family were being held hostage be an escaped criminal? Your house besieged by cameras and reporters, the world demanding to know how you feel?

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