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Joanna Murray-Smith is one of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights, captivating audiences from Melbourne to Broadway and the West End. Her riveting NEXT STAGE commission for MTC is a romantic thriller that pits the devastating shadow of history against the dazzling promise of true love.

Tom is an Australian abroad. Charlotte, a Berliner through and through. After meeting in a bar, sparks fly between them and she invites him to spend the night at her place. As they navigate the ritual of seduction, their desire gives way to secrets that cannot be ignored and questions neither of them can answer. Does young love stand a chance against the suffocating reach of the past?

Directed by Iain Sinclair (A View from the Bridge), and starring Grace Cummings(Prehistoric) and Michael Wahr (Shakespeare in Love), Berlin weaves a universal story of youthful passion into a nail-biting game of philosophical cat and mouse that will keep you guessing to the very end.

Berlin was commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, The Myer Foundation, Malcolm Robertson Foundation and The University of Melbourne.



17 April, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$52 – $116
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03 8688 0800
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Southbank Theatre
140 Southbank Blvd Southbank
Melbourne, VIC 3006 Australia
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03 8688 0800
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