Last century. The lovelorn, the malformed and the sick flock to a gifted rogue billed The Fantastic Francis Hardy: Faith Healer. Frank drifts the back roads of Britain with his wife and manager, hoping to find their way home. He might be just another shyster, more showman than shaman. But the trouble is, sometimes Fantastic Francis actually does bring the healing touch.

The masterpiece of one of the greatest playwrights of the last 50 years, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer becomes more and more fascinating as it progresses. On one level about artifice and social responsibility, it’s also the story of what it means for a damaged family to be healed, and what it means to be truly saved.

Hardy is an extraordinary creation: lovable charmer, proud tyrant, exploiter, saviour; saintly when he’s sinning, most honest in his lies. Starring Colin Friels, Pip Miller and Alison Whyte.


Colin Friels
Pip Miller
Alison Whyte


By Brian Friel
Director Judy Davis
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Associate Lighting Designer Daniel Barber
Composer & Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Directorial Secondment Duncan Ragg
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Roxzan Bowes
Production Thanks Emma Vine

Performance Times

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

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 22 October
6.30pm, 23 October
8pm, 25 October

Opening night (invitation only)
8pm, 26 October

Captioned performance
2pm, 5 November

Unwaged performance
2pm, 24 November

Sunday Forum
3pm, 27 November

Running Time
Approx 1 hours & 50 minutes (no interval)


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This will go down as one of those nights when you feel that theatre has laid its hands on you.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

Friels’s magnificent performance as Frank is full of the energy and charisma

John McCallum | The Australian

Between them, Colin Friels, Pip Miller and Alison Whyte deliver the most vital, nuanced and powerful performances I’ve seen in Sydney this year.

Ben Neutze | Daily Review

[a] near flawless production

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore | The Guardian