Coronavirus Info

A CHRISTMAS CAROL cancellation

Update from our Artistic Director

7 October 2020

While we were overjoyed to hear the NSW Government’s announcement that theatres can now operate at 50% capacity, unfortunately it came a little too late for A CHRISTMAS CAROL and we have to cancel the forthcoming season (27 Nov 2020 – 9 Jan 2021) and the Director at Work session. Bah humbug!

We were very much looking forward to Hilary Bell’s delightful adaptation of Dickens’ classic featuring a large ensemble cast led by theatre legend John Bell and a community choir. However safety comes first and with restrictions around singing live as well as physical distancing requirements in place, we cannot safely proceed.

Currently it’s not financially viable for us to stage this festive production, but we are delighted to welcome audiences back for a special play reading of David Williamson’s MONEY AND FRIENDS. This is possible because rehearsal time is reduced, actors’ movement is limited and you will have to wear your mask in the auditorium. These small changes mean you’ll be able to experience the thrill of live theatre in a safe environment. Ensemble Theatre is a COVID Safe registered business and for more information about our procedures please visit

You can choose to convert your tickets for A CHRISTMAS CAROL to a credit voucher to purchase a play reading ticket or you can put it towards a 2021 subscription. The launch of next year’s season will be live streamed on our Facebook page on Monday 26 October from 6pm – not long to go!

Alternatively you can donate your tickets, which is really appreciated. It’s this generous support that has enabled us to survive and continue to share our stories. All ticket options are listed below.

We feel like Scrooge cancelling A CHRISTMAS CAROL, but hope the gift of next year’s season will make up for it. I look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre very soon.

Keep well and stay safe,

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
  • Postponed JOHN BELL: AND ANOTHER THING | 19 & 28 Jul – we will be in touch with a new date in due course
  • Postponed THE WOMAN IN BLACK | 14 Aug – 12 Sep
  • Postponed KILLING KATE: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK CLUB | 18 Sep – 24 Oct
  • Postponed UNQUALIFIED 2: STILL UNQUALIFIED | 29 Sep – 24 Oct
  • Postponed OUTDATED | 30 Oct – 21 Nov
  • Cancelled A CHRISTMAS | 27 Nov – 9 Jan


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.

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.

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.

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.

Ensemble Theatre is a COVID Safe registered business. For more information about our procedures please go to our Visitor Safety Information page.