The Truth

18 June — 17 July 2021

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

From the internationally celebrated playwright behind The Father comes a devilishly dark comedy that explores the truths that tear us apart and the lies that keep us together.

Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no interval

Due the most recent lockdown in Victoria, all MTC performances on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 July have been cancelled. Ticketholders will be contacted directly. Learn more >

Season Ended
This is rated 5 out of 5 stars

'A devious must-see.'

The Observer UK
This is rated 5 out of 5 stars

'Unbelievably good. Excellent.'

The Times UK
This is rated 5 out of 5 stars

'Drama rarely comes better than this.'

Theatre Bath
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

Time Out London
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

Evening Standard
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars



Academy Award-winning French playwright Florian Zeller’s The Father wowed MTC audiences with a sell-out season in 2017. With The Truth, he delivers a devilishly dark comedy that took the West End by storm, collecting rave reviews and earning Zeller comparisons to Oscar Wilde, Noël Coward and Molière.

In this new production, acclaimed director Sarah Giles (Straight White Men) is joined by actors Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan), Stephen Curry (The Castle), Bert LaBonté (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Katrina Milosevic (Wentworth), in exploring the truths that tear us apart and the lies that keep us together.

Michel and his wife Laurence are happily married. Michel’s best friend Paul is also happily married, to Alice. But Michel and Alice are having an affair, and Laurence seems to know that something’s going on. How far will Michel go to hide the truth? Why is Alice so keen to reveal it? What does Laurence actually know, or not know? And is Paul just pretending to be bad at tennis?

Presented in the English translation by Tony and Oscar-winning playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Father), The Truth sees the widely celebrated Zeller gleefully playing with our assumptions as he unravels a web of fiction, delusion and hypocrisy. A masterpiece of marital manipulations, it’s a delicious comedy that asks us to consider the benefits of lying and the drawbacks of honesty.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 10 July at 2pm
Tuesday 13 July at 6.30pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 3 July at 2pm
Michala Banas

Michala Banas


Artwork for Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry


Artwork for Bert LaBonté

Bert LaBonté


Artwork for Katrina Milosevic

Katrina Milosevic


Sarah Giles

Sarah Giles



Marg Horwell

Set & Costume Designer


Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

Jethro Woodward

Jethro Woodward

Composer & Sound Designer

Artwork for Margot Morales Tanjutco

Margot Morales Tanjutco

Assistant Director

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006