Kiss of the Spider Woman

Book by Terrence McNally, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Based on the novel by Manuel Puig

18 November — 28 December 2019

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

From Kander & Ebb, the team behind smash-hit shows Chicago and Cabaret, comes a provocative tale of love and imagination starring musical legend Caroline O’Connor.

Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

Event Passed
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Will make you laugh, sigh, gasp, then laugh again'

Herald Sun
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Captivating and enthralling'

Time Out Melbourne
This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'[Caroline O'Connor is] demanding, seductive, imperious, irresistible. As is the production.'

The Australian

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In a dark South American prison, two very different men share a small cell. Valentin is a Marxist revolutionary who refuses to betray his comrades. Molina is a window dresser who distracts himself by escaping to a fantasy world of movies starring the glamorous diva, Aurora. Valentin can’t stand Molina’s cinematic fantasies and so draws a line on the floor to stop Molina from coming near him. Surely that will keep them apart.

From Kander & Ebb, the team behind smash-hit shows Chicago and Cabaret, and acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class), comes a provocative tale of love, imagination, and the friendship that develops when humanity is pushed to its limits. It’s a powerful and emotive story made famous by the original novel and an Oscar-winning film, brought to life here as a dazzling major musical production for the first time ever in Australia.

Musical legend Caroline O’Connor (Bombshells) returns to MTC to take on the role of exotic film goddess, Aurora, in a show that’s set to sizzle and surprise, directed by Helpmann Award-winner Dean Bryant (Sweet Charity).

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The cast of Kiss of the Spider Woman. Photo by Theresa Harrison.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described Saturday 7 December at 2pm
Tuesday 10 December at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour Prior to the Saturday 7 December performance at 1pm

Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 14 December at 2pm
Artwork for Caroline O'Connor

Caroline O'Connor

Spider Woman / Aurora

Artwork for Jakob Ambrose

Jakob Ambrose


Artwork for Blake Appelqvist

Blake Appelqvist

Esteban / Ensemble

Artwork for Elandrah Eramiha

Elandrah Eramiha

Marta / Ensemble


Adam-Jon Fiorentino


Artwork for Natalie Gamsu

Natalie Gamsu

Molina's Mother / Ensemble

Artwork for Joe Gaudion

Joe Gaudion

Marcos / Ensemble

Ryan Gonzalez

Ryan Gonzalez

Gabriel / Ensemble

Artwork for Bert LaBonté

Bert LaBonté

Warden / Ensemble

Artwork for Ainsley Melham

Ainsley Melham


Artwork for Lyndon Watts

Lyndon Watts


Dean Bryant

Dean Bryant


Artwork for Jack Earle

Jack Earle

Musical Director & Orchestrator

Artwork for Andrew Hallsworth

Andrew Hallsworth



Alicia Clements

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

Artwork for Nick Walker

Nick Walker

Sound Designer

Jamie Clennett

Jamie Clennett

Projection Designer


Leith McPherson

Voice & Dialect Coach

Artwork for Luca Dinardo

Luca Dinardo

Assistant Director & Assistant Choreographer

Artwork for Darryn Farrugia

Darryn Farrugia

Musician (Drums)

Artwork for Patrick Schmidli

Patrick Schmidli

Musician (Bass)

Artwork for Ioana Tache

Ioana Tache

Musician (Violin)

Artwork for Paul Zabrowarny

Paul Zabrowarny

Musician (Cello)

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The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006

Artwork for Caroline O’Connor discusses starring in Kiss of the Spider Woman


Caroline O’Connor discusses starring in Kiss of the Spider Woman