It’s 1649, and after a bloody civil war, England is a kingdom which has beheaded its king. But what will the brave new world look like? And who gets to decide how it will work? From the corners of the country, self-taught geniuses, inspired souls, mad outsiders, share their ideas – as the new bosses start acting exactly like the old ones.

And just when nothing seems to have changed, those who have lost most come together – maybe they have found the light after all.

Caryl Churchill’s 1977 classic is a deft, sometimes demanding play that becomes a hymn of those who, for a brief moment, catch a glimpse of a brighter world.

Last year, during the time of the theatres being closed (there’s an appropriately seventeenth century phrase), we brought some actors into the building to simply read plays. This one rang as loudly as a cathedral bell – it’s a brilliant piece of writing, and it’s brilliant in its vision too. If you think our stages could do with more ideas and ambition, come and spend a night with this visionary, illuminating play. And see Wayside Bride too – the experience of seeing the union of them on the same set will make both plays all the more haunting and rich.
– Eamon Flack

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire is presented as part of a repertory season (the same cast, on the same set, in alternating performances of two different plays) alongside Wayside Bride.


A cast of 9 including
Arkia Ashraf
Marco Chiappi
Sacha Horler
Rebecca Massey
Brandon McClelland
Angeline Penrith


Writer Caryl Churchill
Directors Eamon Flack and Hannah Goodwin
Costume Designer Ella Butler
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Musician Alyx Dennison
Stage Manager Cecilia Nelson
Assistant Stage Manager Erin Shaw

Performance Times

Tuesday 19 October, 6:30pm
Thursday 21 October, 7:30pm
Saturday 23 October, 2pm
Tuesday 26 October, 6.30pm
Thursday 28 October, 7:30pm
Saturday 30 October, 2pm
Sunday 31 October, 5pm
Thursday 4 November, 7.30pm
Saturday 6 November, 7.30pm
Tuesday 9 November, 6.30pm
Friday 12 November, 7:30pm
Sunday 14 November, 5pm

Matinee Performance
Thursday 4 November, 1pm

Thursday 7 October, 7.30pm
Tuesday 12 October, 7.30pm
Thursday 14 October, 7.30pm

Opening Night (Invitation Only)
Saturday 16 October, 2pm

Post-show Q&A
Tuesday 19 October, directly following the performance

Audio Described Performance
Saturday, 30 October 2pm

Schools Performance
Thursday 21 October, 11:30am


For the cheapest tickets subscribe to our 2021 season and add Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, packages start at 3 plays for $122!

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Weekday Evenings
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Weekend Evenings Weekday Matinee Weekday Evenings
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Weekend Evenings Weekday Matinee
Full Price (adult)^ From $83 From $89 From $73 From $78 From $84 From $68
Mates Rates (Adult) From $73 From $79 From $63 From $73 From $79 From $63
Senior* From $73 From $79 From $63 From $68 From $74 From $58
Concession† From $63 From $69 From $53 From $58 From $64 From $48
30-Down# From $61 From $51 From $58 From $46
Previews From $56 From $56 From $51 From $51
Student Saver# From $48 From $38 From $43 From $33

~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA),  and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.

To claim any concessions you must provide proof.

Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.

Running Time and Content Warnings

Approximate running times of each production are uploaded to the production page as soon as that information becomes available. During the rehearsal period running times are liable to change given the extensive workshopping and development each production undergoes before it reaches the stage.

Content warnings will also be uploaded to each production page as they are advised.

Should you wish to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

COVID Updates

Audiences for Light Shining in Buckinghamshire will be seated at up to 100% capacity. Performances are not socially-distanced and you will likely be seated next to other patrons, if you have any concerns please contact our box office. Masks are strongly recommended for all guests.

Belvoir will continue to follow the NSW Government’s COVID-19 advice and requirements to keep you safe.

Find out more about your COVID-safe trip to Belvoir.