A Life in the Theatre | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents
  • 4 Nov - 4 Dec 2016
  • $35 - $49

A Life in the Theatre

By David Mamet

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.

A Life in the Theatre is David Mamet’s love letter to theatre and takes us backstage and into a world where etiquette rules, cues must not be missed and costume changes are fast and furious.

Stage veteran Robert and young up-start John are struggling to share a dressing room and the spotlight as they perform roles from the sublime to the completely ridiculous. Between playing earnest Russian gentry, shipwrecked marines and lifesaving surgeons the two performers negotiate their backstage lives. Robert sees himself as a mentor to the younger actor, but John’s star is rising, the critics love him and he has little time for Robert’s old school advice.

Photo by Helen White

A Life in the Theatre pays homage to those who choose an actor’s life. Between murderous critics, lifeless audiences and having to reapply for your job with every audition, it’s not a life choice for the faint hearted. 

Audience Response to A Life in the Theatre

Sydney Morning Herald's review of A Life in the Theatre

A Life in the Theatre Program 


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A Life in the Theatre

By David Mamet


Akos Armont
John Gaden

Creative Team

Playwright: David Mamet
Director: Helen Dallimore
Stage Manager: Amy Morcom
Production Designer: Hugh O'Connor
Sound Designer: Jed Silver
Lighting Designer: Christopher Page
Assistant Stage Manager: Angela Atkinson
Assistant Stage Manager: Sunil Chandra

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A Life in the Theatre

By David Mamet


"Helen Dallimore's production captures that ambivalence in a beautifully weighted and very funny production that swings gently between comedy and satire". Full review here by Jason Blake | Sydney Morning Herald

"Theatre legend John Gaden as Robert was magnificent in a finely nuanced performance. He is charismatic as the vain older, garrulous actor with a glorious voice whose life is the theatre  is the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd". Full review here by Lynne Lancaster | Artshub

"The play is a mix of high comedy, low farce and actor-skewering satire all delivered with deliciously knowing elan". Full review here by Diana Simmonds

"A Life in the Theatre cuts through the vanity and vulnerability and delivers a vital valentine, through the thick and thin, an unabashed love letter to the theatre". Full review here by Richard Cotter | Australian Stage.com.au.

"Director Helen Dallimore steers her production into madcap territory appropriate to the writing style, for a delightful and endearing portrayal of artists at work". Full review here by Suzy Wrong | Suzy Goes See 


John Gaden's latest role is not a farewell performance
Sydney Morning Herald

A Life in the Theatre: Luke Holmes talks to Helen Dallimore and John Gaden
Theatre Now

A Life in the Theatre's Akos Armont talks to
City Hub

Helen Dallimore directs David Mamet's classic comedy 'A Life in the Theatre'
Gay News Network

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A Life in the Theatre

By David Mamet

Performance dates in 2016

  • Previews: Fri 4, Sat 5 & Sun 6 November 2016
  • Season: Wed 9 November - Sun 4 December 2016

Performance times

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Wed Matinee: 30 November at 11am
  • Sat Matinees: 26 November & 3 December at 3pm

Performance details

  • Duration: approx 90mins, no interval
  • This performance contains the use of some coarse language, use of herbal cigarettes and smoke effects

A Life in the Theatre Program 


  • Standard $49
  • Concession $42
  • Groups (8+) $42
  • Industry* $38
  • Under 30* $35
  • Preview $35

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