About

The classic 1677 battle of the sexes, by the first professional woman playwright, Aphra Behn.

Lost in a maze of masquerade and revelry, a ratbaggy gang of exiled cavaliers plunge into the steamy depths of Naples at carnival time. They’re led by Willmore, a seventeenth-century playboy who’s been round the block a few times and survives by his wit and exuberance. But then he meets a young woman who has the guile to expose the Rover’s true self. He’s almost prepared to fall head over heels for her. But she’s a nun. And there’s the most beautiful woman in Europe on the same street…

I want to do something wild and high-energy. And this is a sexy, dangerous play. Its honesty about the battle between men and women for power is striking given it is over three and a half centuries old. And also, what a treat to have Toby Schmitz back at Belvoir as the Rover himself. – Eamon

Warning: This production contains partial nudity, smoking, strobe effects, coarse language, adult themes and sexual references. Please contact our Box Office on (02) 9699 3444 if you require further information.

The Rover is supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation

Cast

Gareth Davies
Andre de Vanny
Taylor Ferguson

Leon Ford
Nathan Lovejoy
Elizabeth Nabben
Toby Schmitz
Nikki Shiels
Kiruna Stamell
Megan Wilding

Team

Writer Aphra Behn
Director Eamon Flack
Set & Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Dramaturg Charlotte Bradley
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell
Movement Director Scott Witt
Associate Designer Chloe Greaves
Personal Assistant & Access Support Worker Kerry Stamell
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Jennifer Parsonage

Performance Times

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

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 1 July
6.30pm, 2 July
8pm, 4 July

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 5 July

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 3 August

Belvoir Briefing
3pm, 25 June

Running Time
Approx 3 hours inc. interval

Prices

Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time. Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.

 Ticket Type Upstairs
Full Price $72
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Industry**/Groups (10 or more) $62
Concession† $49
30-Down# $47
Previews $40
Student Saver# $37

† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards.
** Industry prices are available to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening.

Some of our productions at Belvoir may contain strong language, smoking, nudity, violence, strobe lighting, haze or other things you may find confronting or uncomfortable. If you are concerned about any of these please ask our Box Office staff about content when booking.

Reviews

an enjoyably frolicsome and flirtatious night

Sydney Morning Herald | Jason Blake

★★★★

…a laugh a minute, and there’s plenty of swashbuckling (by both men and women) and physical comedy to be had. Well worth checking out

Angus McPherson | Limelight

Director Eamon Flack and his flawlessly cast company of actors have found comedy just about everywhere

Ben Neutze | Daily Review

This rollicking production of Aphra Behn’s great Restoration comedy The Rover, directed by Eamon Flack, is enormous fun.

John McCallum | The Australian

★★★★

guaranteed to give you a good time

Cassie Tongue | Time Out Sydney

It is a remarkable cast, unrelenting with their extraordinary exuberance and skill

Suzy Wrong | Suzy Goes See