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Griffin Theatre Company is Australia’s new writing theatre. In residence at Sydney’s historic SBW Stables Theatre, we lead the country in developing and producing great Australian stories, and are dedicated to supporting Australian artists.

  • Emerald City Reviews

    The reviews are in for our production of David Williamson’s Emerald City. Join us for a night of wit, wisdom and pure 80′s glamour.

    Emerald City sparkles like Sydney Harbour on a sunny day.” ★★★★ TimeOut Sydney

    “In the hands of Lewis and this fine cast it is all still….very funny.” The Australian

    “Mitchell Butel brings a fine comedic sensibility to Colin…driving the entire production’s energy and pace..” Daily Review, Crikey

    “Jennifer Hagan is deliciously dry as Elaine” Sydney Morning Herald  

    “EMERALD CITY is as relevant as it’s ever been.” Sydney Arts Guide 

    Read more…

  • Emerald City Trailer

    Take a look behind the scenes of our production of David Williamson’s iconic Emerald City. Get the inside word from David Williamson, Ken Done, Lee Lewis and actor Lucy Bell . 

    Emerald City plays from 17 October to 6 December 2014. Book tickets here.

  • Check out our 2015 Season Trailer!

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28 October 10:22 am

A message from Lee 28 October


Many reasons to smile. Glorious summer. The virtuosity of Mitchell Butel. The shamelessness of Lucy Bell. Jennifer Hagan’s outrageous hair. Gareth Yuen’s eye for detail. Kelly Paterniti having fun playing hot 80s. Ben Winspear rocking Duran Duran hair with such style. The joy of Ken Done. That Sophie Fletcher can costume the ’80s so tastefully. That audiences are so happy. That this may mean that even more people subscribe to Griffin next year. That the conversation between Jump for Jordan, Eight Gigabytes, Ugly Mugs and Emerald City has been such an inspiring one. That we are on our way to Christmas. Jacaranda.

Love Lee

9 October 11:05 am

Lee’s Enews intro 9 October 2014


I sat in the audience on Sunday afternoon with young Griffins marveling at the skill of actor Guy Edmonds for the final show in the sold-out season of The Witches, and wondered what plays our young audience would be subscribing to 20 years from now.

I sat in the audience last night listening to some of our most inventive creative producers discussing multi-platform and transmedia works and wondered at how our playwrights will evolve into storytellers across different media in the future. How do I bring Storm Surfers to Griffin?

As I sit each day, as the audience of one in the Emerald City rehearsal room, I wonder how the audience of Sydney has changed since 1986.

I sat in the audience for Joe Louie’s performance of Letters from Home in Perth on Saturday night wondering at the journeys of a young man choosing life in Western Australia over military service in Singapore.

I sat in the audience at the Carlisle Hotel watching the Rabbitohs win the Grand Final on Sunday cheering.

A week of being in many audiences, traveling across time, states, stories and futures… All the while thinking of how to incorporate all these ideas into 2015 at Griffin. You’ll just have to subscribe to see!

22 September 10:21 am



Welcoming The Witches into the Stables and relishing the rehearsal room of Emerald City. We have reached the final shows of the year. Astonishing!

I walk into the rehearsal room each day and watch some of Australia’s best actors pull apart the text of Emerald City and start to breathe life into it again, nearly thirty years after it was first performed. Virtuosity – that is what I am seeing. Marcus Graham, Mitchell Butel, Lucy Bell, Jennifer Hagan, Kelly Paterniti, Gareth Yuen. All at the top of their game. Astonishing! 

Last week I sat with an architect involved with the planning of our future Sydney discussing the way Western Sydney is becoming the dynamic centre of the city. We were imagining seeing Emerald City thirty years from now and wondering how all those references to harbour views will sound as the oceans rise – will the play be transformed from a comedy to a tragedy? Today 120 world leaders are meeting in New York for the first summit on climate change in five years. Let’s hope it is astonishing!


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