Writer Michael Frayn, creator of international hits COPENHAGEN and NOISES OFF, explores what it is to be human in a statistically driven world, in this Olivier Award-winning comedy set in the late 1960s.

Overview

David and Jane are a happy and prosperous couple. He’s an idealistic architect and she’s an anthropologist who always stands with him. Their neighbours Colin and Sheila are by comparison struggling. Colin’s glory-days are over and Sheila is subservient and unfocused.

David feels his new architectural dream, the redevelopment of an inner-city housing project, will be the answer to future home building. However as Sheila settles into her neighbours’ way of life, Colin starts to oppose David’s bright new view of the future. Can struggling Colin become an unlikely hero of the people? Will Jane throw Sheila out? Or will the tower blocks collapse before the project is finished?

Writer Michael Frayn, creator of international hits COPENHAGEN and NOISES OFF, explores what it is to be human in a statistically driven world, in this Olivier Award-winning comedy set in the late 1960s.

Ticket Prices

For group bookings of 10+, please call Box office on (02 8918 3400) or email boxoffice@ensemble.com.au

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice.

2024 SINGLE TICKETSPREVIEWSIN SEASON
FULL PRICE$83$88
SENIOR CARD$80$85
PENSIONER$76$81
GROUP 10 - 19$76$81
GROUP 20+$71$76
30 OR UNDER$40$43
FULL-TIME STUDENT$40$43
MEAA/AWG$40$43
SCHOOL GROUPS$25$25
Reviews

★★★★ "a timeless, darkly comic and brilliantly written study of human foibles." Limelight

★★★★ “An absorbing and entertaining evening” Stage Noise

"Benefactors is a dazzling puzzle of a play” Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★★ "Some of the best acting you'll see on a Sydney stage this year, not to mention the funniest!” Theatre Thoughts

“Completely organic and effortless” Suzy Goes See

“gut-wrenching comedy” Stage Whispers

"intellectually stimulating and emotionally charged experience” The Plus Ones

“For two hours, I couldn’t keep my eyes off them.” Sydney Arts Guide

“Benefactors is both a wonderful evening’s entertainment, and an invitation to return to further explore its extraordinary richness.” Theatre Red

“beautifully achieved through the aesthetics and deliberation of the original script, which was brought to life splendidly by the Ensemble and cast.” Theatre Travels

"BENEFACTORS sits with human behaviours on both a social and personal level” Broadway World

Cast & Creatives
Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn

Playwright
Mark Kilmurry

Mark Kilmurry

Director
Margaret Thanos

Margaret Thanos

Assistant Director
Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies

as David
Megan Drury

Megan Drury

as Sheila
Matt Minto

Matt Minto

as Colin
Emma Palmer

Emma Palmer

as Jane
Nick Fry

Nick Fry

Set & Costume Designer
Matt Cox

Matt Cox

Lighting Designer

 

 

David Grigg

David Grigg

Sound Designer
Linda Nicholls-Gidley

Linda Nicholls-Gidley

Dialect Coach
Isabella Kerdijk

Isabella Kerdijk

Stage Manager
Renata Beslik

Renata Beslik

Costume Supervisor
Special Performances

Audio Described

  • Thu 13 Jul 11am
  • Sat 15 Jul 3.30pm

Tactile Tours are available 1 hour prior to Audio Described performances, please contact the Box Office to book.

Q&A Session

  • Fri 30 Jun 8pm
  • Tue 4 Jul 11am

Free Teen

  • Wed 19 Jul 7.30pm
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