Once in Royal David’s City

by Michael Gow


 19 March – 13 April


“It’s not an answer to everything, it’s only a question and that means it’s a beginning.”

For middle-aged, gay theatre director Will Drummond, nothing is certain any more. His parents are suddenly old, his professional world is changing, everyone around him seems to be losing faith and losing the plot, and it feels as if society has lost its soul.

Christmas is often a difficult time for families to navigate and for Will, this year, it will become a time of reckoning and a journey of discovery towards a deeper, if not especially comfortable, awareness of himself.

This sprawling saga covers four decades, across two hemispheres, from intimate encounters to vast historical events, investigating the bond between mother and child, the loss of innocence, and the inevitability of death.

It is a powerful, angry, profoundly moving, viciously funny, brilliant play about the possibilities of life and of theatre, and a classic of contemporary Australian dramatic writing.

“Emotionally confronting but also warm and witty … a beautifully written play” Brisbane Courier-Mail


creative team

Director Patrick Howard
Sound Designer Ryan Devlin

Assistant Director Trudy Ritchie
Production Designer Victor Kalka




Previews 19 & 20 Mar 7:30pm
Opening Night Thu 21 Mar 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm
Sun 5pm
Sat 13 Apr 2pm only


Full $35
Concession, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22 (with promo code)
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20

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