No Pay? No Way!

10 Feb — 4 Apr 2020

Drama Theatre, Opera House & Riverside Theatres, Parramatta


By Dario Fo
In a new adaptation by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Sarah Giles

World premiere

When the going gets tough, the tough get shoplifting

Prices are out of control – and so is Antonia. Riled by the rising cost of living, she agitates a riot in the local supermarket with an army of unruly housewives, leaving the place gutted. What follows is a wild and unpredictable caper, as Antonia and her friend Margherita attempt to outsmart the police, hoodwink their husbands, and ‘liberate’ more loot. This is high-wire farce.

No Pay? No Way! (sometimes known as Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!) was written by Italian father of farce and Nobel laureate Dario Fo in 1974 and its ever-resonant themes of rising corporate greed, wage stagnation and the thrills of sticking it to the man have seen it staged around the world ever since.

Sydney Theatre Company’s whip-smart new adaptation comes from the pen of Marieke Hardy, one of ABC TV’s great comic forces, and features the incomparable talents of Helen Thomson (Mary Stuart) as Antonia. Brought to life by director Sarah Giles (Accidental Death of an Anarchist) with a cast of Catherine Văn-Davies (Going Down), Glenn Hazeldine (Così), Rahel Romahn (Lord of the Flies) and Aaron Tsindos (Muriel's Wedding the Musical), No Pay? No Way! is an irreverent and hilarious comedy with a glint in its eye.

“I didn’t nick it. I liberated it.” Antonia 

This play will be presented at two venues in 2020
10 Feb – 20 Mar | Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
1 Apr – 4 Apr | Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

Parramatta Season Co-presented with Riverside Theatres

Production Patron Anita & Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation

Approx. duration 2hrs 20mins (including interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Sexual references and frequent strong language. Subject to change. More info.


2020 Season Tickets
This play is currently only available as part of a 2020 Season Ticket (a pack of 6 or more plays). Save at least 20% on full price single tickets, access the best available seats, get loads of flexibility and exclusive benefits through the year. More info

Existing Season Ticket Holders have an exclusive renewal window from 10 Sep – 1 Oct. Season Tickets go on sale to everyone from 4 Oct. Access a 48-hour pre-sale by signing up to our enews.

Please note this play will be presented at two different venues – Sydney Opera House, and Riverside Theatres Parramatta. You can only select one venue for your Season Ticket pack.

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $88
Adult A Reserve $82
Seniors cardholder $74
Concession $65
Under 30 $45
Preview $45

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

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House and Riverside Theatres Parramatta. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.