“They try to flay you with statistics, whip you with numbers, hide behind the tyranny of mathematics. But I say, nothing’s hidden. Open your eyes.” – Galileo

Brecht’s classic play of individual liberty and political suppression hits the Belvoir stage with the redoubtable Colin Friels as the wily, pugnacious scientist. A portrait of a man who realises the entire system is based on lies – and of his backdown when the forces of money and orthodoxy threaten him.

Has Galileo betrayed science and the future? Or has he just found a more subtle way of speaking truth to power?

This is a classic for good reason – every page has a provocative thought to it, and the drama is pitched perfectly.

It’s also an invigorating guide for how to navigate the age of Trump/Brexit/Putin. At its heart is one of those roles that actors live for. Colin Friels has yearned his whole life to play this part. Don’t miss it.

Supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation


Peter Carroll
Colin Friels
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
Rajan Velu



Stage Manager Tanya Leach
Assistant Stage Manager Bronte Schuftan

Performance Times

3 August – 15 September 2019
Tuesday 6.30pm
Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday 1pm & 7.30pm
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm

7.30pm, 3 August
6.30pm, 4 August
7.30pm, 6 August

Opening Night (invitation only)
7.30pm, 7 August

Post-show Q&A
20 August, directly following the performance

Thursday Matinee
1pm, 22 August
1pm,  29 August

Unwaged Performance
1pm, 5 September

Belvoir Briefing
6.30pm, 25 July


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Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on 3 June 2019.