12 Feb — 24 Mar 2018
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
★★★★★ Time Out Sydney
★★★★ ½ Daily Review
★★★★½ Sunday Telegraph
★★★★ Audrey Journal
Sydney Theatre Company presents
By Caryl Churchill
It takes a hard head to smash a glass ceiling
Marlene is unstoppable. She’s been promoted to the top job at a London employment agency and it’s time to celebrate! Her dinner party with famous female figures from throughout history is one of playwright Caryl Churchill’s wittiest and best-known scenes.
But Marlene’s success is soon undermined by the compromises she’s made and the past she’s left behind. Privilege comes at a cost – but she might not be the one who picks up the tab.
STC favourite Helen Thomson (After Dinner) makes a very welcome return to our stage in this modern classic, widely considered Churchill’s masterpiece. Whip-smart, funny, and ultimately very moving, Top Girls was written in London in 1982, with the cut-throat era of Thatcherism only just beginning. It asks questions about equality, feminism, wealth and family that are as pressing now as they were back then.
Resident Director Imara Savage has assembled a suitably fearless all-female ensemble – Paula Arundell (The Bleeding Tree), Kate Box (ABC’s Rake), Michelle Lim Davidson (ABC’s Utopia), Claire Lovering (Dinner), Heather Mitchell (Cloud Nine) and Contessa Treffone (All My Sons) – to bring this high-octane production to the spectacular Sydney Opera House stage.
“Intent on breaking rules... Churchill sees the theatre as an open frontier where lives can be burst apart and explored.”
The New York Times
Duration 2hrs 30mins (including interval)
Content warning Strong language, adult themes, the use of haze, complete blackout in the theatre and herbal cigarettes.
Production Patrons The Donor Syndicate
2018 Season Tickets (packs of 6 or more plays)
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Seniors cardholder $74
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Seniors cardholder $93
Under 30 $81
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