This one’s a real treat no matter which way you look at it. Take the cast: six acting legends of Australian theatre. Or take the play: written specially to make these legends seventeen again. Or take the writer: one of the funniest and most delightful theatrical imaginations in the country. Or take the director: the wonderfully inventive creator of Belvoir’s A Christmas Carol. Or take the central theme: life, whether it’s stretching out before you or laid out behind you, is a wonderful thing.

Matthew Whittet (Cinderella, Old Man) is the true original mind of Australian theatre – actor, writer, muse, inventor of marvels, scribe of human beauty and lover of oddity. Seventeen is the play he’s been getting ready to write for a long time. It’s about the cusp of adulthood, and it has been written for a rollcall of great senior actors.

These venerables play a group of teenagers (!) drinking, singing, dancing, gabbling, worrying and maybe even pashing (!!) their way through their last night of childhood and their first night of adulthood.

Funny, immature, wise and a little bit but quite beautifully sad, Seventeen is about the size of life.


Written by Matthew Whittet Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks Designed by Tom Scutt Lighting Design by Paule Constable Sound Design by Nick Manning Movement Director Imogen Knight


Sarah Ball Richard Cordery Michael Feast Mike Grady Diana Hardcastle Margot Leicester 

Performance Times

Lyric Theatre, London
4 March – 8 April, 2017


The play wins one over by its sharp understanding of what it is like to be a confused, bewildered teenager.

The Guardian UK

Veteran stage actors movingly play 17-year-olds in this poignant play.