An isolated home on a lonely island. A marriage. Alice and Edgar aren’t popular, and they’re not particularly happy. In fact, they loathe each other, and have done for 25 years. Their mutual antipathy is blackly hilarious and seems to have its own equilibrium.

Into this duet of recrimination and resentment comes Kurt, Alice’s younger cousin. Kurt has a grudge against Edgar that goes way back. Alice senses a lever to gain the upper hand. Edgar is an old soldier, though; he knows how to keep his feet. And so the dance begins, a whirl around the stage until it’s hard to know who’s dancing with whom.

Judy Davis directs Colin Friels, Pamela Rabe and Toby Schmitz in one of the best theatrical marriage battles ever written. We can’t wait.

Supported by the Chair’s Circle

* This running time is an estimate only. Please check again closer to opening night for updates.

Warning: This production contains gunshots, strobe lighting, the use of herbal cigarettes, nudity, and strong language.


Colin Friels
Pamela Rabe
Toby Schmitz
Giorgia Avery


By August Strindberg
Director Judy Davis
Literal translation May-Brit Akerholt
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Lighting Designer Matthew Scott
Choreographer Thomas Egan
Fight Coordinator Nigel Poulton
Composer & Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Production Manager Ren Kenward
Stage Managers Luke McGettigan, Natalie Moir
Assistant Stage Manager Khym Scott

Performance Times

10 November – 23 December 2018
Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 10 November
6.30pm, 11 November
8pm, 13 November

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 14 November

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

Thursday Matinees
1pm, 29 November
1pm, 6 December

Captioned Performance
2pm, 15 December

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 20 December

Belvoir Briefing
6.30pm, 1 November

Running Time
Approx. 2 hours & 10 mins inc. interval *


Book a subscription to secure tickets to The Dance of Death and save up to 31% on the single ticket prices below.

Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on 9 April 2018.

Full Price^ $72 – $77
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Groups (10 or more) $62 – $67
Concession† $49 – $54
30-Down# $52
Previews $40
Student Saver# $42

* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards. For 2018 productions, these prices can also be accessed by Industry members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and Writing NSW.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening.
^ Tickets to Sunday performances have an added $5 surcharge.

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


This is a devil of a good production in which horror and dark humour pirouette endlessly.

Sydney Morning Herald

The laughs come often, out loud, and the physical comedy is skilfully placed and very funny alongside the pathos and drama.



Director Judy Davis and cast members Colin Friels, Pamela Rabe and Toby Schmitz discuss Strindberg’s explosive play and the infinite complexity of the marriage it dissects.

Belvoir Briefing

Artistic Director Eamon Flack is joined by the creatives of Dance of Death to discuss the project’s inception and the enduring power of Strindberg’s 1900 play.