17 April — 22 May 2021

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Joanna Murray-Smith's MTC NEXT STAGE commission is a riveting new work that unfurls a tangle of love, history and moral dilemma, set in the bustling German capital.

Approx. 80 minutes, with no interval

In line with recently updated Victorian Government guidelines, Southbank Theatre will now be operating at 100% capacity. The quadrants inside the Sumner will remain in place for the season of Berlin, however seating will not be socially distanced. Masks are strongly recommended. Learn more here.

Event Passed
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'A crackling two-hander'

Time Out Melbourne
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Thought-provoking stuff'

This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'The acting, here, is as sizzling as the writing'

The Australian
This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'A moody and sumptuously realised production'

The Age
This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'An extraordinary work destined and deserving of many more stages'

Australian Stage


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 Original is a romantic thriller that pits the devastating shadow of history against the 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?

For this powerful mix of thriller and romance, Iain Sinclair (A View from the Bridge) directs Grace Cummings (Prehistoric) and Michael Wahr (Shakespeare in Love) in an ethical dilemma that will keep you guessing until 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.

Photo by Justin Ridler


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 8 May at 2pm
Tuesday 11 May at 6.30pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 15 May at 2pm
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)

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006