About

The classic 1677 battle of the sexes, by the first professional woman playwright, Aphra Behn.

Lost in a maze of masquerade and revelry, a ratbaggy gang of exiled cavaliers plunge into the steamy depths of Naples at carnival time. They’re led by Willmore, a seventeenth-century playboy who’s been round the block a few times and survives by his wit and exuberance. But then he meets a young woman who has the guile to expose the Rover’s true self. He’s almost prepared to fall head over heels for her. But she’s a nun. And there’s the most beautiful woman in Europe on the same street…

I want to do something wild and high-energy. And this is a sexy, dangerous play. Its honesty about the battle between men and women for power is striking given it is over three and a half centuries old. And also, what a treat to have Toby Schmitz back at Belvoir as the Rover himself. – Eamon

Cast

Akos Armont
Gareth Davies
Leon Ford
Elizabeth Nabben
Toby Schmitz
Hazem Shammas
Nikki Shiels
Kiruna Stamell
Megan Wilding

Team

Writer Aphra Behn
Director Eamon Flack
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Movement Director Scott Witt
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Jennifer Pasonage

Performance Times

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

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 1 July
6.30pm, 2 July
8pm, 4 July

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 5 July

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 3 August

Belvoir Briefing
3pm, 25 June

Prices

Single tickets for The Rover 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.

Reviews

An astonishing play for a woman to have written at that time.

Lyn Gardner | The Guardian, UK

A sultry, sexy romp … The Rover is a Restoration classic.

Kevin Quarmby | British Theatre Guide

Behn’s work [is] a comic delight fit for the modern age.

Sarah Elizabeth Adler | The Daily Californian