A catastrophe has brought the civilised world to an end. Survivors huddle around a fire, pondering the world without electricity, and the things they will never see again. To console themselves, they piece together an episode of The Simpsons, clinging to one of the few memories they all share.

Fast forward seven years and we’re in a post-apocalyptic society. A troupe of players wander the land, providing connection with a mythic past – by playing out the classic Simpsons episodes: Springfield has become a Golden Age.

Fast forward a generation. A feudal world of sorts has sprung from the ruins, and at its core is an intense religion of musical theatre, featuring a pantheon of strangely recognisable gods…

A play about the stories we tell ourselves, about what is lasting, and what is ephemeral.

There’s a lot of great entertainments in the season this year but Mr Burns is just extraordinary. It manages to be a quite profound play about the brutal times we’re entering into, but it does so with such inventiveness and showmanship that the world outside the theatre could end and you wouldn’t notice. And by the way, Mitchell Butel is too talented at too many different things. Come and see him act and sing and dance at Belvoir. Sometimes all at once! – Eamon

Co-produced with State Theatre Company South Australia


Paula Arundell
Mitchell Butel
Esther Hannaford
Jude Henshall
Brent Hill
Ezra Juanta
Jacqy Phillips


Writer Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn
Director Imara Savage
Musical Director Carol Young
Set and Costume Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting Designer Chris Petridis
Sound Designer Jeremy Silver
Choreographer Lucas Jervies
Dialect Coach Paige Walker
Stage Manager Natalie Moir
Assistant Stage Manager Vanessa Martin

Performance Times

Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Preview (bookable)
8pm, 19 May

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 20 May

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 22 June

Captioned Performance
2pm, 24 June

Belvoir Briefing
3pm, 30 April


Single tickets for Mr Burns go on sale to the general public on 30 January 2017. Book a subscription to secure tickets now and save on the single ticket prices below. 

Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time. Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.

 Ticket Type Upstairs
Full Price $72
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Industry**/Groups (10 or more) $62
Concession† $49
30-Down# $47
Previews $40
Student Saver# $37

† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards.
** Industry prices are available to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening.

Some of our productions at Belvoir may contain strong language, smoking, nudity, violence, strobe lighting, haze or other things you may find confronting or uncomfortable. If you are concerned about any of these please ask our Box Office staff about content when booking.


Anne Washburn’s hypnotic, sly and fiendishly insinuating Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play…does the improbable: It makes the end of civilization seem like the perfect time to create glowing objects of wonder and beauty.

David Cote | Time Out New York

Downright brilliant. When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? Not in years, huh? Well, get ready to reel.

Ben Brantley | The New York Times

Get in line ASAP. This bizarre, funny, bleak, wonderful show is even better than its hype. One of the most affecting tributes to theatre and tenacity you’re likely to see all year.

Elisabeth Vincentelli | New York Post

The wildest, wackiest show of the year, no contest; it’s also a brilliantly inventive and engaging production.


If you’re a fan of the Simpsons with an appetite for risk-taking theatre, its strangeness will be irresistible.

Evening Standard