Emerald City

Event Cancelled

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

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

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and in the interest of the health and safety of our audiences, artists and the broader community, Melbourne Theatre Company has announced the cancellation of all remaining performances of Emerald City, effective from Monday 16 March.

If you have a ticket for this production, you can find further information about your ticketing options here.

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This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Williamson gives most of his characters strong arcs, and their seesawing fortunes echo their moral journeys ... they are human and messy and besmirched, and the actors bring a lot of joy to their foibles.'

Time Out Melbourne
This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'Skilfully led by Nadine Garner, the work still has much to offer'

The Saturday Paper
This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'A rip-roaring revival ... a fitting tribute to a playwright who forever changed the way Australian’s tell stories on stage'

This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'Strong directs at a cracking pace ... enlivened by subtle, yet stylish costume designs – with a cute nod to Kylie’s infamous ‘noughts-and-crosses’ dress – and an abstract, translucent set that sparkles and glistens like Sydney harbour on a perfect day.'

Australian Book Review
This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'a well-constructed entertainment from an intelligent playwright'

The Age
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Rapid-fire satire'

This is rated 0 out of 5 stars

'A golden performance that celebrates a golden anniversary beautifully'



Welcome to the glittering jewel in Australia’s cultural crown – that sinkhole of ambition and superficiality we call Sydney. Colin is Australia’s most successful screenwriter, but since moving from Melbourne with his wife Kate he’s been faced with a choice between art and commerce that will define his career forever. Meanwhile, Kate’s star is on the ascent and her latest publication has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Fame and fortune are there for the taking, but big surprises are in store for them both.

Part love-letter, part hate-mail to the harbour city, this is the finest comedy by Australian theatre’s most beloved craftsman and commentator, David Williamson. A panoramic view of the city that tends to prize beauty over brains, Emerald City is a fast-moving, wisecracking commentary on contemporary values that skewers the materialism of the 1980s with razor-sharp precision.

What better way to celebrate 50 years of David Williamson’s plays on our stages than with an absolute classic of Australian theatre directed by Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Sam Strong (Jasper Jones), starring Ray Chong Nee (Noises Off), Marg Downey (Rupert), Nadine Garner (Photograph 51), Megan Hind (Secret Bridesmaids' Business), Jason Klarwein (A Streetcar Named Desire) and Rhys Muldoon (House Husbands).

A co-production with Queensland Theatre



  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 28 March at 2pm
Tuesday 31 March at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Commences at 1pm, prior to the 2pm performances on Saturday 28 March
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 4 April at 2pm
Artwork for Ray Chong Nee

Ray Chong Nee


Marg Downey

Marg Downey


Nadine Garner

Nadine Garner


Artwork for Megan Hind

Megan Hind


Artwork for Jason Klarwein

Jason Klarwein


Artwork for Rhys Muldoon

Rhys Muldoon



Sam Strong


Artwork for Travis Dowling

Travis Dowling

Associate Director

Dale Ferguson

Dale Ferguson

Set & Costume Designer

Artwork for David Walters

David Walters

Lighting Designer

Russell Goldsmith

Russell Goldsmith

Composer & Sound Designer

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The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006