The Lifespan of a Fact

Sigrid Thornton makes her STC debut in this stylish and hyper-intelligent comedy that investigates the nature of truth in a post-truth era.

20 Sep - 15 Oct 2022

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Play

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT

by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell
and Gordon Farrell
Directed by Paige Rattray

Finding truth in the post-truth era

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

Thornton plays the shrewd, sharp-tongued Emily Penrose, an editor at a prestigious magazine, who assigns what she thinks will be a simple task to Jim, a young intern. Jim, played by Charles Wu (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), is thrilled to be given the once-in-a lifetime assignment: the chance to fact check a new essay by a writer he idolises, John D’Agata – played by Gareth Davies (Home, I’m Darling).

But as Jim methodically begins his work, holding each detail up to the light, he discovers that separating fact from fiction is not such an easy job. Together, these three titanic personalities must negotiate their competing goals, egos, and values to reach some semblance of the truth and get the article to print.

For fans of The Newsroom and The West WingThe 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 STC Associate Director Paige Rattray (Triple X, Death of a Salesman), 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).


VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION

This production will proceed at 100% capacity. The safety of our audiences, artists and staff is of paramount importance. We’ve implemented extensive safety and hygiene measures which are regularly updated in line with NSW Government guidelines. This is an evolving situation and our COVID-19 safety protocols are subject to change. Please check the most up-to-date Visitor Safety Measures prior to your visit.


TICKET INFORMATION

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Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $98
Adult A Reserve $93
Seniors cardholder $89
Pensioner/Student $70
Under 30 $51
Preview $51

Mini Package prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $98
Adult B Reserve $94
Seniors cardholder $94
Pensioner/Student $74
Under 30 $54

Friday & Saturday 
A Reserve $103
B Reserve $98

Preview performances
All tickets $54

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $104
Adult B Reserve $99
Seniors card holder $99
Concession $78
Under 30 $57

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $109
B Reserve $104

Preview performances
All tickets $57

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket & Mini Package bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Prices are correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

DATES

Previews 20 – 23 Sep 2022
Season 26 Sep – 15 Oct 2022

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 1hr 35mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info.


TICKET INFORMATION

Book an Act 2 ticket package of 2 or more plays to save on tickets, pay no fees and more.

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Single tickets to this play are on sale now.

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $98
Adult A Reserve $93
Seniors cardholder $89
Pensioner/Student $70
Under 30 $51
Preview $51

Mini Package prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $98
Adult B Reserve $94
Seniors cardholder $94
Pensioner/Student $74
Under 30 $54

Friday & Saturday 
A Reserve $103
B Reserve $98

Preview performances
All tickets $54

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $104
Adult B Reserve $99
Seniors card holder $99
Concession $78
Under 30 $57

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $109
B Reserve $104

Preview performances
All tickets $57

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket & Mini Package bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Prices are correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

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. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.


ACCESS PERFORMANCES

Audio Described Performances
Sat 15 Oct, 1.30pm

Director Paige Rattray
Set Designer 
Marg Horwell
Costume Designer 
Emma White
Lighting Designer & Associate Set Designer 
Paul Jackson
Composer & Sound Designer 
Maria Alfonsine
AV Designer 
Susie Henderson
Assistant Director 
Bernadette Fam

With
Gareth Davies, Sigrid Thornton, Charles Wu

Marketing image Rene Vaile

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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.

Pre-season Briefing
Mon 5 Sep, 6.15pm
Wharf 2 Theatre

Night with the Artists
Mon 3 Oct, post-show
Mon 10 Oct, post-show

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