Update from our Artistic Director

1 May 2020

It’s devastating for me to say, but we are having to cancel three more shows in our 2020 season: the Jacobson Brothers’ KENNY, adapted for stage by Steve Rodgers, HONOUR by Joanna Murray-Smith and THE CARETAKER by Harold Pinter.

This is a very trying time for all of us and the impact of the temporary closure on the theatre is immense. Please be assured our team is working hard developing an exciting 2021 season ensuring we’ll be back stronger than ever. We wouldn’t be here without your amazing support and we value that sense of togetherness now more than ever.

Please review the ticket options below. If you’re able, kindly consider supporting us by making a tax-deductible donation of the price of your ticket and, as a gesture of our appreciation, we’re thrilled to be able to share an opportunity to view THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Alternatively, you can transfer your ticket to a Credit Voucher which can be used for our 2021 season (set to include some shows from this year that you’ll have missed). This would be a huge help in safeguarding the future of the Ensemble Theatre during this unprecedented time.

We would love to hear your special Ensemble moments, so join our online conversation using #loveensemblesydney on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and please share your stories. Sharing stories with an audience is the core of what we do – you may not be here physically but you’re here in our thoughts – and we miss you!

We really appreciate your patience, we will respond to everyone in due course. Our small and dedicated team are working extremely hard to manage all ticket requests in order of performance dates.

Please look out for our latest news and updates and keep safe until we see you all again at the theatre.

Warm wishes,

Mark Kilmurry
Artistic Director


Impacted Performances

  • Postponed CELEBRATING 50 YEARS WITH DAVID WILLIAMSON | 23 Mar – we will be in touch with a new date in due course.
  • Cancelled CRUNCH TIME | until 9 Apr
  • Cancelled A BROADCAST COUP | 17 Apr – 23 May
  • Cancelled KENNY | 29 May – 4 Jul
  • Cancelled HONOUR | 9 Jun – 4 Jul
  • Cancelled THE CARETAKER | 10 Jul – 8 Aug


Ticket Options

Please review the ticket options below and email your preference to with the name of the play(s) in the subject line.

Due to the unprecedented volume of enquiries, our small team is working hard to respond to ticket holders by priority of performance date.

A tax-deductible donation
Please consider donating the price of your ticket to help secure the future of Ensemble Theatre. Ticket sales amount to almost 90% of our overall income and as we have no ongoing government funding, every ticket sold is crucial to our survival. We really appreciate your ongoing support. Thank you.

Another way to watch CRUNCH TIME
As they say ‘the show must go on’ and our committed cast and crew staged a special performance for a broadcast quality recording. Offered exclusively to CRUNCH TIME ticket holders, for a tax-deductible donation of your ticket price you can still enjoy David Williamson’s final play from the safety and comfort of your own home.  Should you choose this generous option, we will be in contact with viewing details including a password protected link.

Enjoy THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE for a tax-deductible donation
To show our gratitude to KENNY, HONOUR and THE CARETAKER ticket holders who are able to kindly donate the price of their ticket, we are delighted to share the opportunity to view THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE by Melanie Tait. Whether you’re re-visiting this heart-warming tale or seeing it for the first time, we’ve no doubt it’ll make you crack a smile. We’ll be in touch with a link to view shortly.

Credit voucher
Convert your ticket(s) to a credit voucher and when we announce our exciting 2021 season, you can use this towards any play next year or choose to enjoy a delicious meal at Bayly’s Bistro.

If the above options are not suitable, we will of course arrange a ticket refund as soon as possible.

Mix of the above
If you’ve purchased tickets for multiple shows, we completely understand you may want to select more than one option, e.g. donate your KENNY tickets and convert your HONOUR tickets to a credit voucher, and we can process this for you too.


Future Performances

While we are stretched to capacity, and the situation continues to change, we would really appreciate if you could hold off contacting us about future shows. We will continue to act on advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and Live Performance Australia, the national peak body for the live performance industry, keeping you up to date with any changes affecting Ensemble Theatre.


For the latest information on novel coronavirus visit or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line 1800 020 080 or the NSW Health Hotline 1800 022 222. Both lines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.