Emerald City

6 March — 18 April 2020

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Celebrate 50 years of David Williamson’s plays on our stages with an absolute classic of Australian theatre.

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

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'Emerald City still sparkles like Sydney Harbour on a sunny day.'

Time Out
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'This is Williamson at his sharpest and it’s often deftly funny.'

Daily Review


Welcome to the glittering jewel in Australia’s cultural crown – that sinkhole of ambition and superficiality we call Sydney. Colin is Australia’s most successful screenwriter, but since moving from Melbourne with his wife Kate he’s been faced with a choice between art and commerce that will define his career forever. Meanwhile, Kate’s star is on the ascent and her latest publication has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Fame and fortune are there for the taking, but big surprises are in store for them both.

Part love-letter, part hate-mail to the harbour city, this is the finest comedy by Australian theatre’s most beloved craftsman and commentator, David Williamson. A panoramic view of the city that tends to prize beauty over brains, Emerald City is a fast-moving, wisecracking commentary on contemporary values that skewers the materialism of the 1980s with razor-sharp precision.

What better way to celebrate 50 years of David Williamson’s plays on our stages than with an absolute classic of Australian theatre directed by Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Sam Strong (Jasper Jones), starring Marg Downey (Rupert), Nadine Garner (Photograph 51), Jason Klarwein (A Streetcar Named Desire), Rhys Muldoon (House Husbands) and Ray Chong Nee (Noises Off).

A co-production with Queensland Theatre



  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 28 March at 2pm
Tuesday 31 March at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Commences at 1pm, prior to the 2pm performances on Saturday 28 March
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 4 April at 2pm
Artwork for Ray Chong Nee

Ray Chong Nee


Marg Downey

Marg Downey


Nadine Garner

Nadine Garner


Artwork for Megan Hind

Megan Hind


Artwork for Jason Klarwein

Jason Klarwein


Artwork for Rhys Muldoon

Rhys Muldoon



Sam Strong


Artwork for Travis Dowling

Travis Dowling

Associate Director

Dale Ferguson

Dale Ferguson

Set & Costume Designer

Artwork for David Walters

David Walters

Lighting Designer

Russell Goldsmith

Russell Goldsmith

Composer & Sound Designer

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006