Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

In this spine-tingling romantic thriller, Joanna Murray-Smith creates a world of passion and intrigue, which asks what it really means to forgive the past.

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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


Tom meets Charlotte in a bar. Tom’s a foreigner on his first trip to Berlin. Charlotte’s a beguiling bartender. They’re both young, smart and charismatic – and in the early hours, they end up back at Charlotte’s Prenzlauerberg apartment. Over the course of the night, desire and longing dance hand in hand with devastating secrets. Are they just two young people falling in love, or are they contemporary victims of history’s undiluted reach?

Joanna Murray-Smith is one of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights, captivating audiences from Melbourne to Broadway and the West End. In this riveting new commission for MTC, Murray-Smith creates a world of passion and intrigue where the long shadow of history reaches out to ask what it really means to forgive the past.

Revered director Iain Sinclair, whose 2019 MTC production of A View from the Bridge received a chorus of critical acclaim, will again take us to the edge of our seats for this spine-tingling romantic thriller starring Grace Cummings (Prehistoric) and Michael Wahr (Shakespeare in Love).


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.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 16 May at 2pm
Tuesday 19 May at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Commences at 1pm, prior to the 2pm performance on Saturday 16 May
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 23 May at 2pm
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'You’ll be chilled and gripped, amused and seduced.'

The Age (on Switzerland)
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'The West End needs more plays like this.'

The Spectator (on Switzerland)

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006