OnStage week


Students can experience extraordinary theatre during OnStage Week at Sydney Theatre Company. In 2019, visit us on Wed 13 Feb for a Schools Day performance of Mary Stuart at Roslyn Packer Theatre and check out the STC Archives and pop-up exhibition.


Wed 13 Feb, 11.30am, Roslyn Packer Theatre

This is one of history’s great rivalries. Two powerful women of very different natures. Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England – cousins but not friends.

Following an uprising, Mary has fled Scotland only to be imprisoned in England. Elizabeth feels threatened – Mary is younger, more beloved, and with her own claim
to the throne. The question now is whether to release her or execute her.

In this gripping new adaptation by Kate Mulvany (The Harp in the South), playwright Friedrich Schiller’s 200-year-old masterpiece is given new vitality. Onstage it’s a battlefield of suspicion, spies and subterfuge. An empire is at stake. Hearts will be broken. And a queen’s life hangs in the balance.

For more details see here.

Pre-Show forum

10.15am, Roslyn Packer Theatre
Mary Stuart is an exciting new adaptation by Kate Mulvany. For the pre-show briefing, director Lee Lewis and members of the creative team will explore the processes particular to writing and staging a new, adapted work. Members of the directing and design team will explore the vision and realisation of this powerful historical play.

Post-show Q&A with the cast

The post-show Q&A will allow students to ask questions of the cast.


STC has produced many of the plays featured in the Topics of Study and the Individual Projects list for Drama and English modules, making our archives a valuable resource for HSC students and teachers. A list of available recordings can be viewed here

OnStage Week is the only opportunity to view archive recordings during 2019, as The Wharf is closed for renovations. All viewings will take place at Roslyn Packer Theatre. Appointments are available on Mon 11 Feb, Tues 12 Feb, Wed 13 Feb (afternoon only) and Friday 15 Feb, 9am-5pm. To book, email


If you're visiting Roslyn Packer Theatre for Mary Stuart or an archive viewing, check out our free pop-up exhibition. The exhibition will feature rarely-seen costumes, set model boxes, design sketches, production photos and prompt copies from productions including Mary Stuart, Top Girls, The Shape of Things, The Removalists and The Taming of the Shrew.

This is a valuable resource for HSC Drama students, particularly those focusing on Set, Costume or Poster & Promotion Design.