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Joanna Murray-Smith's riveting MTC NEXT STAGE commission is a romantic thriller that pits the devastating shadow of history against the dazzling promise of true love.

90 minutes

This production contains coarse language, sexual references and mature themes. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.


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Joanna Murray-Smith is one of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights, captivating audiences from Melbourne to Broadway and the West End. Her riveting NEXT STAGE commission for MTC is a romantic thriller that pits the devastating shadow of history against the dazzling promise of true love.

Tom is an Australian abroad. Charlotte, a Berliner through and through. After meeting in a bar, sparks fly between them and she invites him to spend the night at her place. As they navigate the ritual of seduction, their desire gives way to secrets that cannot be ignored and questions neither of them can answer. Does young love stand a chance against the suffocating reach of the past?

Directed by Iain Sinclair (A View from the Bridge), and starring Grace Cummings (Prehistoric) and Michael Wahr (Shakespeare in Love), Berlin weaves a universal story of youthful passion into a nail-biting game of philosophical cat and mouse that will keep you guessing to the very end.


Berlin was commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, The Myer Foundation, Malcolm Robertson Foundation and The University of Melbourne.

Recording produced in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne


Artwork for Grace Cummings

Grace Cummings


Michael Wahr

Michael Wahr



Iain Sinclair


Artwork for Christina Smith

Christina Smith

Set & Costume Designer

Niklas Pajanti

Niklas Pajanti

Lighting Designer

Kelly Ryall

Kelly Ryall

Composer & Sound Designer

Anna McCrossin-Owen

Anna McCrossin-Owen

Voice & Dialect Coach

Artwork for Alastair Clark

Alastair Clark

Assistant Director

Michala Banas

Michala Banas

Intimacy Coordinator

Artwork for Myfanwy Hocking

Myfanwy Hocking

Charlotte (Standby Cover)

Artwork for Liam Maguire

Liam Maguire

Tom (Standby Cover)