9 Nov — 19 Dec 2015
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseFrom $58
“A lovely, playful production”
Sydney Theatre Company presents
From the novel by Virginia Woolf
Adapted by Sarah Ruhl
He had been kissed by a queen without knowing it
Orlando is a woman, a young man, and a grand, epic adventure that transcends time, space and gender.
Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando has been described as the most charming love letter in literature. Inspired by Woolf’s affair with the author and aristocrat Vita Sackville-West, it is part biography, part fabulation, part poetry.
Now it has been brought to life by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play) with all the luscious lyricism and playfulness of the original.
As Orlando’s story unfolds, we glide effortlessly from Elizabethan England to Constantinople, waking up with ravishing Russian beauties and taking up with Romanian aristocrats, always with a wink in the eye.
The adventures pile up, as do the lovers, and somewhere along the line our hero becomes a heroine.
Orlando abandons herself to five centuries of change with an insatiable appetite to discover what it means to live fully in the present, in her own skin and in her own time.
STC Resident Director Sarah Goodes (Switzerland) and designer Renee Mulder (Battle of Waterloo) have created a bold, contemporary new production at Sydney Opera House for this light-hearted, gender-bending frolic through the ages.
“Orlando draws you in and colonises your heart" ★★★★ Time Out Sydney
Duration: 1hr 45mins (no interval)
Important travel update: CBD road closures from 4 Oct 2015. More info. With the silly season in full swing, we recommend taking public transport or allocating extra time to find parking at the Sydney Opera House, as their parking facilities are filling up quickly this time of year.
Tue 3 Nov 6.15pm
Wharf 1 Theatre
Reserve your free tickets to the pre-season briefing.
Audi Night with the Actors
Mon 23 Nov post-show
Supported by: The Orlando Donor Syndicate
- Archive: Renée Mulder…
- Gallery: Orlando costumes up close…
- Synopsis: Orlando…
- Podcast: Sarah Goodes on ABC Classic FM…
- Archive: Jacqueline McKenzie…
- Q&A: Director Sarah Goodes…
- Q&A: Composer Alan John…