No Pay? No Way! (Opera House)

10 Feb — 28 Mar 2020

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House season


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

World premiere

A riotous comedy about getting what you’re owed

A whip-smart new adaptation of a raucous 70s farce from ABC TV’s comedy powerhouse Marieke Hardy and starring the incomparable Helen Thomson (Mary Stuart), “a rare comedic talent” (Daily Review).

Prices are out of control – and so is Antonia. Sick of having barely enough to pay the gas bill, she leads an uprising at a local supermarket that sees a group of angry housewives shoplift ‘til they drop. Now, with a pile of newly “liberated” loot, Antonia and her best friend Margherita embark on a ludicrous, laugh-a-minute escapade, keeping their well-meaning but bumbling husbands in the dark and staying three steps ahead of the coppers.

No Pay? No Way! (sometimes known as Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!) is the work of Dario Fo, Nobel Laureate and the master of theatrical farce. True to form, the show mixes political satire, hilarious plot twists and sharp-as-a-tack dialogue to create a thrilling experience. 

Brought to life by director Sarah Giles (Accidental Death of an Anarchist) with a cast of Helen Thomson, Catherine Văn-Davies (Going Down), Glenn Hazeldine (Così), Rahel Romahn (Lord of the Flies), Aaron Tsindos (Muriel's Wedding the Musical), No Pay? No Way! is exhilarating, insightful and chaotically funny.

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

The play will be presented at two venues in 2020
10 Feb - 28 Mar | Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
1 Apr - 4 Apr | Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

On this page you can purchase tickets to the Sydney Opera House season. For tickets to the Parramatta season, book here.

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

No Pay? No Way! was adapted from the original Italian text Sotto Paga! Non Si Paga! by Dario Fo and Franca Rame.


2020 Ticket Packages - book more and save!
A Season Ticket of 6+ plays saves you at least 20% on full price single tickets, with loads of flexibility and exclusive benefits through the year. Or book a Mini Package of 3 – 5 plays. More info

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. Exchanges are not permitted between venues.

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

Mini Package prices
Fri & Sat A Reserve $99
Adult A Reserve $92.70
Seniors cardholder $83.70
Concession $73.80
Under 30 $48
Preview $48

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $103
B Reserve $93
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $50

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $110
B Reserve $100

Preview performances
All tickets $50

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 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.