Explore the 2019 plays

Explore our 2019 Season below to create your Season Ticket of 6 – 11 plays. 

You can also download a PDF brochure and our 2019 performance calendar to plan your year of theatre.

The plays

Mary Stuart

A new adaptation by Kate Mulvany, after Friedrich Schiller

One of history’s great rivalries. Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England played by two of Australia’s most masterful actors, Caroline Brazier and Helen Thomson. In this gripping new adaptation an empire is at stake and a queen’s life hangs in the balance.

5 Feb — 2 Mar 2019
Roslyn Packer Theatre



How to Rule the World

By Nakkiah Lui

An Aboriginal, an Asian and an Islander walk into a bar. This motley group of political operatives plot to take over the world – using a likeable white guy as a puppet. A new, hilarious satire on Australian politics from award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui. Can they beat the system from the inside?

11 Feb – 30 Mar 2019
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House




By Lucy Kirkwood

When tragedy forces two very different sisters together, the impact has unexpected consequences. The Australian premiere of a fascinating and provocative new work – a story of facts and feelings, of particle physics and sibling rivalry, woven together with big questions about the universe and our very existence.

8 Apr – 18 May 2019
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House



Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

By Tennessee Williams

An incomparable cast including Hugo Weaving and Pamela Rabe take on this classic for a bold, boozy, sexy night of Southern fireworks. On a steamy night in the Mississippi Delta, lies are rife, the family’s future is at stake and Maggie is dancing like a cat on a hot tin roof.

29 Apr – 8 Jun 2019
Roslyn Packer Theatre



The Torrents

By Oriel Gray

It’s the 1890s in the gold fields of Australia. J.G. Milford has a new job at the local newspaper, but nobody knew the J stood for Jenny! In this delightful newsroom comedy, award-winning comedian and actor Celia Pacquola will put the spotlight back on a rarely seen Aussie classic.

18 Jul – 24 Aug 2019
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House



Lord of the Flies

By William Golding
Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams

An exciting ensemble of adults, including Australian screen star Mia Wasikowska will bring Golding’s island of boys to life. This exciting new staging will make us look on this 20th century masterpiece with new eyes.

23 Jul - 24 Aug 2019
Roslyn Packer Theatre



Banging Denmark

By Van Badham

What happens when a pickup artist seeks relationship advice from a feminist academic? This hilariously explicit new comedy from social commentator Van Badham is a swinging satire on the men who claim to understand the ‘female mind’ and the online culture that inspires them. Swipe right.

26 Jul – 24 Aug 2019
The Studio, Sydney Opera House




Avalanche: A Love Story

By Julia Leigh

A woman and her new husband can’t wait to have a child. This story is a riveting and exceptionally moving account of a profound and widespread experience. 

29 Aug – 14 Sep 2019
Roslyn Packer Theatre



The Real Thing

By Tom Stoppard

Simon Phillips returns to direct an irresistible cast including Geraldine Hakewill and Toby Schmitz in this hugely entertaining and deeply affecting play about the search for real love. Expertly constructed, erudite and funny, The Real Thing is a modern classic.

9 Sep –26 Oct 2019
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House




By Louis Nowra

This heart-warming and hilarious Australian comedy comes to STC for the first time. Set in a psychiatric facility, Così is a play about friendship, romance, infidelity and difference. With its cast of loveable characters, Così offers a touching reminder of how art can make our spirits soar.

1 Nov – 14 Dec 2019
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House



The Beauty Queen of Leenane

By Martin McDonagh

An ink-black modern classic by Academy Award-winning writer Martin McDonagh. Combining a devilishly satisfying sense of humour with a cruel underbelly, it will be a tragically funny night in the theatre.

18 Nov – 21 Dec 2019
Roslyn Packer Theatre



Special Offers

Season Ticket Holders have exclusive access and discounted tickets for these two extra plays that are guaranteed to have high demand. Tickets will be snapped up quickly, so get the best available seats before they go on sale to the public.

The Wharf Revue 2019

Written and Created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott

The all-singing, all-dancing, side-splittingly funny solution to all the world’s problems returns for another year of satirical genius. Stalwart performer Drew Forsythe returns with special triple-threat guests including the brilliant Simon Burke. The choreography is tight, the wigs are loose, the punchlines are loaded.

25 Sep – 26 Oct 2019
Roslyn Packer Theatre



White Pearl

By Anchuli Felicia King

This new Australian work is a ruthlessly entertaining look at what happens when a cosmetics company’s video goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Someone is definitely going to get fired. A story rich with twists, dark comedy and brutal honesty.

24 Oct – 9 Nov 2019
Lennox Theatre, Riverside Parramatta