Grand Horizons 2021

John Bell and Linda Cropper lead this laugh-out-loud comedy about risking it all in the search for genuine happiness.

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Play

Grand Horizons is returning in 2022 for an encore season. Find tickets for the 2022 season here.

 


★★★★★ - TimeOut
★★★★★ - Stage Noise
★★★★½ - Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ - Limelight

GRAND HORIZONS

By Bess Wohl
Directed by Jessica Arthur

Australian premiere

Parents are people too

Nancy and Bill are calling it quits. After 50 years of ‘married bliss’, Nancy wants to take a last chance at living her best life. And Bill? Well, Bill’s OK with it. The couple’s adult children, Ben and Brian, are definitely not OK with it. Who said elderly parents have a right to branch out and try new things?

Stage legends John Bell and Linda Cropper (returning to the STC stage for the first time in 11 years) lead an exceptional cast including Johnny Nasser, James Majoos, Zindzi Okenyo (The Golden Age) and Guy Simon (Playing Beatie Bow) in a story that shows us that working out what you really want is a lifelong process.

This brand new family comedy straight from pre-lockdown Broadway takes a brilliantly comedic – and ultimately moving – look at romance and intergenerational divides in the era of self-expression, alternative family models and... sexting.

In the hands of Resident Director Jessica Arthur (WonnangattaBanging Denmark), Bess Wohl’s laugh-out-loud comedy will ponder the joys and frustrations of family, marriage, intimacy and risking it all in the search of genuine happiness.

Approx. duration 2hrs (including interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Smoke, coarse language throughout. Subject to change. More info


VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION

100% audience capacity: STC is performing at 100% capacity in line with the current NSW Government Public Health Order. We encourage you to consider your comfort levels in a busy theatre setting before attending.

Face masks are mandatory: Audience members 12+ are required to wear a mask at all times during the performance. We ask that you also wear masks in our venue foyers and walkways unless eating or drinking. Please bring a face mask with you.

The situation is constantly evolving and safety measures may change before your performance. Please check the most up-to-date Visitor Safety Measures prior to your visit.


TICKET INFORMATION

2021 Act 2 Ticket Packages
Book an Act 2 Season Ticket of 4+ plays and get best value on tickets, get first access to best available seats, pay no transaction fees, and enjoy exclusive benefits all year round.
Or book a Mini Package of 2 or 4 plays to get a taste of the season, pay no transaction fees, and save on tickets. 

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Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $89
Adult A Reserve $86
Seniors cardholder $81
Pensioner/Student $67
Under 30 $44
Preview $44

Mini Package prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $91
Adult B Reserve $86
Seniors cardholder $85
Pensioner/Student $71
Under 30 $46

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $94
B Reserve $88

Preview performances
All tickets $46

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $96
B Reserve $90
Seniors cardholder $90
Concession $75
Under 30 $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $99
B Reserve $93

Preview performances
All tickets $49

Transaction fees may apply
Act 2 Season Ticket and Mini Package bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

DATES

Previews 7 – 10 June 2021
Season 12 June – 3 July 2021

Performance start times
Preview performances 7.30pm
In-season evening performances Mon & Tue 6.30pm; Wed – Sat 7.30pm
Matinee performances Wed 1pm; Sat 1.30pm

Approx. duration 2hrs (including interval). Subject to change. More info.


TICKET INFORMATION

2021 Act 2 Ticket Packages
Book an Act 2 Season Ticket of 4+ plays and get best value on tickets, get first access to best available seats, pay no transaction fees, and enjoy exclusive benefits all year round.
Or book a Mini Package of 2 or 4 plays to get a taste of the season, pay no transaction fees, and save on tickets. 

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Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $89
Adult A Reserve $86
Seniors cardholder $81
Pensioner/Student $67
Under 30 $44
Preview $44

Mini Package prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $91
Adult B Reserve $86
Seniors cardholder $85
Pensioner/Student $71
Under 30 $46

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $94
B Reserve $88

Preview performances
All tickets $46

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $96
B Reserve $90
Seniors cardholder $90
Concession $75
Under 30 $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $99
B Reserve $93

Preview performances
All tickets $49

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
Act 2 Season Ticket and Mini Package bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.

Access requirements
For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats. More info

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event is Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.


ACCESS PERFORMANCES

Captioned performances
Tue 29 Jun 6.30pm
Sat 3 Jul 1.30pm

Auslan interpreted performance
Thu 1 Jul 7.30pm

Audio described performance
Tue 29 Jun 6.30pm

Director Jessica Arthur
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Clemence Williams
Assistant Director Megan Wilding
Fight Director & Intimacy Coordinator Nigel Poulton
Voice Coach Angela Sullen

With 
John Bell, Linda Cropper, Vanessa Downing, James Majoos, Johnny Nasser, Zindzi Okenyo, Guy Simon

Marketing image Rene Vaile, Justin Ridler

This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead-up to the production, and if there are any changes to the team. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information about each play by opting in to our enewsletter.

INSIGHT EVENTS 

We offer a range of free and ticketed events designed to give you further insight into our plays. Find out more about our Insight Events.

Pier Group Lunch
Mon 10 May 12.30pm
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf

Pre-season Briefing
Mon 24 May 6.15pm
Wharf 2 Theatre
FREE, but bookings are essential as capacity is limited.
Book tickets

Night with the Artists
Mon 21 Jun, post-show
Mon 28 Jun, post-show

Time Out - ★★★★★ 

  • "Sharp dramedy is sparky fun"
  • "The cast, headed by veterans Bell and Cropper, is in top notch form, delivering Wohl’s sharp, layered dialogue with pinpoint comic timing that left the audience roaring."
  • "A deeply funny and poignant account of late-life crisis with honesty, humour, and hope."

Sydney Morning Herald - ★★★★½ 

  • “A hilarious but gripping deep dive into intergenerational family life.” 
  • “There is a beautiful clarity at the heart of Grand Horizons.”
  • “Transforms an everyday family saga into a deftly constructed story arc paced with show-stopping sidetracks and dramatic punchlines.”
  • John Bell’s “transformation, first into comic lothario, and then into vulnerable human being, is miraculous.”
  • Grand Horizons is a gem of a play, a feast of emotions hidden in plain sight. And this is a gem of a production, brilliantly staged by an ensemble on top form."

Limelight - ★★★★ 

  • Jessica Arthur has adapted and directed this American script for an Australian audience with warmth, wit and impeccable pacing”
  • “A lively, compassionate dramatic comedy”
  • “Nancy’s calm assuredness is played by Cropper with exquisite effect”
  • Bell has inarguably mastered the pout of an old fool”
  • Simon’s appreciation of his character’s absurdity is often laugh-out-loud funny, and his dynamism on stage greases the narrative flow.”
  • Vanessa Downing makes a marvellous appearance as a frizzy-haired floozy, her face plastered with a gormless, candy-sweet smile that is impossible to forget.”
  • “There is much to relate to in this particular unhappy family presented in Wohl’s tremendously engaging play.”

Suzy Goes See

  • "It is a surreptitiously philosophical work, accomplished with a wonderful sense of humour, and often with a subversive streak."
  • "The play is undeniably enjoyable, full of wit and whimsy that makes for a hilarious and thought-provoking experience."
  • "Certainly memorable is actor Linda Cropper, who brings extraordinary complexity, along with brilliant timing, to the role of Nancy. It is a remarkably intelligent performance, conveying great integrity for the older woman who finally realises that she deserves better."
  • "Simon plays the flamboyant drama teacher with a dazzling theatricality, keeping the laughter sustained for as long as he remains on stage."
  • "James Majoos is exceptional in his single appearance, as the carefree Tommy, incredibly extravagant in approach, for one of the play’s more outrageous scenes."
  • "Director Jessica Arthur proves herself a formidable creator of comedy; her strategies vary from delicate to bold, demonstrating an adventurous creative spirit, and a serious commitment to tickling her audience."

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