One woman’s risqué, ruthless dealings on the corporate ladder are unearthed in this smart world premiere featuring Danielle Cormack.


The Play


“This is not a tale of redemption.”

Sydney Theatre Company presents


by Melissa Bubnic

World premiere

The devil wears pinstripes

Astrid Wentworth is relentless. A currency trader at the top of her game, she takes multinationals out for dinner before joining hedge funds at a strip club. She hasn’t broken the glass ceiling, she’s remodelled the entire building.

When a bright young woman applies for a junior position, Astrid decides to play mentor. But, in the self-serving world of the trade floor, every favour has a price.

Playwright Melissa Bubnic won STC’s Patrick White Award in 2010 and, since then, has been carving out a distinctive writing style that is smart, risqué and very funny. In Boys will be boys, she systematically skewers the hypocrisies and the fallacies of the finance world.

Strapping on Astrid Wentworth’s razor-sharp stilettos is Danielle Cormack (Rake), making a welcome return to STC. The comedy is black, the language colourful and the stakes are f***ing high. Welcome to the trading floor.

Duration: 1hr 40mins (no interval)
Warning: contains frequent strong language, partial nudity, and strong adult themes including sexual violence.



Pre-season Briefing
Mon 13 Apr 6.15pm
Wharf 1 Theatre

Audi Night with the Actors
Mon 27 Apr post-show



Previews 16 - 17 Apr 2015
Season 20 Apr - 16 May 2015

Season Ticket prices
Preview $27
All other tickets $30

Casual Ticket prices
Preview $32
All other tickets $35

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.


Director Paige Rattray
Designer David Fleischer
Lighting Designer Ross Graham
Composer, Sound Designer & Musical Director Kelly Ryall
Choreographer Kurt Phelan

Tina Bursill, Danielle Cormack, Zindzi Okenyo, Meredith Penman, Sophia Roberts 

Photo James Green

"A compelling story in a brilliantly vibrant and entertaining fashion... there’s so much worth considering and discussing, you should try your hardest to nab a ticket." 4 star review, The Daily Review

"Bitingly funny." Sydney Morning Herald

‘This production has been blessed by a stellar cast. Cormack swaggers with that irresistible combination of sexuality and power that has always been the domain of men. Supports are similarly fantastic.’ Arts Hub

Boys Will Be Boys is ribald, provocative and sexy.’ Australian Stage

Boys Will Be Boys is fantastic — a tight and merciless show’ Concrete Playground

‘Because of the subject matter, the language, the sleaze and the mixture of styles – hard-hitting narrative and cabaret – this play demands tough, tight direction and fast, impeccable action. Without it, the stinging, vicious impact of the play would be lost. This production has both in spades.’ Stage Whispers

‘The actors are all splendid, the humour and drama are sharp and often shocking and there is much to think about afterwards.’ Stage Noise

'Sharply written, finely acted, filthily funny must-see play.' Michael via twitter

'Went to the opening night of Boys will be boys at the STC last night. A massive congratulations to the cast and crew. Danielle rocked it! Such brave work from all in this important new Australian play. Thank you!' Helen via Instagram

‘About last night…OMG @_daniellecormack is amazing! Opening night of Boys will be boys #tourdeforce’ Ann via Instagram

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