Based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation is a an adventure that transcends time, space and gender starring Jacqueline McKenzie.


The Play


“A lovely, playful production” 
The Australian

Sydney Theatre Company presents


From the novel by Virginia Woolf
Adapted by Sarah Ruhl

Australian premiere

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)
Warning: nudity
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. 



Pre-Season Briefing 
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




Previews 9 - 12 Nov 2015
Season 14 Nov - 19 Dec 2015

Casual Ticket prices
Saturday evening $99
Adult $94
Concession $75
Seniors cardholder $85
Preview $78
Under 30 $58

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

Transaction fees may apply
$7.50 Online
$8 Telephone
$0 Box Office counter

Children aged 15 and under must be accompanied at all times.


Pre-Season Briefing 
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


Audio Described performance 
Sat 5 Dec 2pm

Captioned performance
Fri 27 Nov 8pm
Wed 2 Dec 1pm

Auslan performance 
Thu 10 Dec 8pm


From 4 Oct 2015, all travel into the Sydney CBD will be affected by construction works for a light-rail line along George Street. These changes affect car and bus routes. It is important to plan ahead and allow additional travel time.  Please visit www.mysydney.nsw.gov.au for more information and consider using journey planning apps on your smartphone or tablet devices. 

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Director Sarah Goodes
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Musical Director & Composer Alan John
Sound Designer Steve Francis
Dramaturg Kip Williams
Assistant Director Alice Osborne
Assistant Lighting Designer Ross Graham

Matthew Backer, Luisa Hastings Edge, Garth Holcombe, John Gaden, Jacqueline McKenzie, Anthony Taufa

Photo James Green

“A lovely, playful production” The Australian

Orlando draws you in and colonises your heart" ★★★★ Time Out Sydney

“Goodes’ production moves with great pace and style, and is blessed with an extraordinarily generous performance from Jacqueline McKenzie in the leading role, constantly reaching out to the audience.” The Daily Review

"Orlando blends bountiful energy, playfulness, poetry and stagecraft to intelligently depict four centuries of modern history lived as a transgender woman." ★★★★ Arts Hub

"Orlando is a poetic, absorbing time in the theatre" Stage Whispers

“Sarah Goodes’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation captures the spirited romp of the novel perfectly” The Australian

“It would have Woolf and her muse, the aristocratic poet Vita Sackville-West, squirming with pleasure in their graves” The Australian

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