The Popular Mechanicals

6 APR - 13 MAY

Wharf 2 Theatre

Sydney Theatre Company presents
A State Theatre Company South Australia production
By Keith Robinson, William Shakespeare and Tony Taylor
Original direction by Geoffrey Rush

A funny thing happened on the way to the theatre

The popular mechanicals are Shakespeare’s greatest clowns – the endearingly amateur acting ensemble led by Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here, they take centre-stage in a wild imagining of what goes on in the wings.

The troupe is bumbling its way through rehearsals of Pyramus and Thisbe, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, songs and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an unhinged feast of wit and profanity.

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon. This revival from State Theatre Company of South Australia, directed by former STC Resident Director Sarah Giles, includes the very fine comic talents of Julie Forsyth (Romeo & Juliet) and Amber McMahon (School Dance). This is a show that will lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.

“There are Bottom jokes, poo jokes, giggles and japes. The Popular Mechanicals captures the bawdy spirits of the Elizabethan entertainments.”
The Australian

Duration 1hr 35mins (no interval)
Content warning Sexual references

Recommended for ages 13 and up


Pricing information

Season Ticket prices
Pick 6 or more plays to create your Season Ticket package. More info.

Saturday evening A Reserve $44
Adult A Reserve $44
Concession $44
Seniors cardholder $44
Preview $39
Under 30 $39

Single Tickets
Saturday evening $55
Adult $55
Seniors cardholder $55
Concession $55
Preview $49
Under 30 $49
​​Groups (10+ people) $46

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings: no feesSeason Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: ​$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

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