White Pearl

15 Jul — 4 Sep 2021

Wharf 2 Theatre


In light of the NSW Government stay-at-home orders extended for Greater Sydney, performances of White Pearl from Thu 15 Jul - Sat 7 Aug (inclusive) have been cancelled.

All ticket holders will be contacted via email with ticket return options. Our Box Office is extremely busy fielding a high volume of requests, please await our contact. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ Time Out 
★★★★1/2 Limelight


By Anchuli Felicia King
Directed by Priscilla Jackman

There’s no such thing as bad publicity...

A “blisteringly funny satire” (Time Out) by one of Australia’s most exciting young playwrights, White Pearl returns to STC after its sold-out 2019 Australian premiere with Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and acclaimed productions in London and Washington D.C.

Things are heating up in the oh-so-cool Singapore headquarters of Clearday™, an upstart player in the Asian skincare game. Sales of their new range – ‘White Pearl’ skin-whitening cream – are going through the roof, and the ambitious team of young women have their eyes to the sky. That is, until their new TV commercial is leaked online and starts going viral for all the wrong reasons. As the views climb, the mood in the office nosedives and the team scrambles to contain the fallout and save more than just their jobs in the process.

With a shrewd eye, acerbic wit and machine gun dialogue, STC Patrick White Playwrights Fellow Anchuli Felicia King deftly unravels toxic corporate culture, the complexity of Pan-Asian relations and racism in a wildly entertaining, gasp-inducing night at the theatre.

Approx. duration 1hr 25mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Strong language, adult themes, sexual references and themes of racial prejudice. Subject to change. More info.

Sydney Theatre Company thanks the Girgensohn Foundation for their support of Australian Writing.

White Pearl was first developed through Playwriting Australian through its National New Play Development program and the National Play Festival in 2018.


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.


2021 Act 2 Ticket Packages
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Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $63
Adult A Reserve $63
Seniors cardholder $63
Pensioner/Student $63
Under 30 $44
Preview $44

Mini Package prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $66
Seniors cardholder $66
Pensioner/Student $66
Under 30 $46

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $66

Preview performances
All tickets $46

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $70
Seniors cardholder $70
Concession $70
Under 30 $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $70

Preview performances
All tickets $49

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