The Lifespan of a Fact

13 Sep — 23 Oct 2021

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House


By David Murrell & Gordon Farrell
and Jeremy Kareken
Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks

Finding truth in the post-truth era

In her debut performance with STC, Australian legend Sigrid Thornton will lead this thrilling, stylish and hyper-intelligent hit Broadway comedy that tackles the great question of our time: true or false?

Jim has finally made it – an internship at a prestigious magazine and a once-in-a-lifetime assignment: the chance to fact check a new essay by a writer he idolises.

But as he methodically begins his task, holding each detail up to the light, he discovers that separating fact from fiction is not such an easy job. Performed by Charles Wu (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), Jim’s dogged pursuit of the facts is pitted against the titanic ego of the essay’s author. Thornton plays the shrewd, sharp-tongued editor who manoeuvres the combatants while pushing the article through to print.

For fans of The Newsroom and The West Wing, The Lifespan of a Fact is a timely investigation of the old truism “never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Avalanche), this high-octane production questions how, in our age of fake news and big data, we’ll ever get to a world that’s post-post-truth.

Approx. duration 1hr 35mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Infrequent strong language, suicide themes. Subject to change. More info.

The Lifespan of a Fact is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia).


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 strongly recommended: NSW Health strongly recommends that all audience members over 12 wear a mask in our foyers and theatres, including during the performance. Please bring a face mask with you

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Under 30 $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $99

Preview performances
All tickets $49

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