Oscar, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning legend Ellen Burstyn makes her Australian stage debut opposite Lisa McCune, William McInnes, Helen Morse, Francis Greenslade, Toby Truslove, Andre de Vanny and Andrea Katz in Moisés Kaufman’s acclaimed play 33 Variations. This is without doubt one of the most prestigious casts ever assembled on an Australian stage!

Known for her performances in The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show, Alice Doesn’t Live Here AnymoreHow to Make an American Quilt, Requiem for a Dream, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and Netflix’s House of Cards, Burstyn is widely regarded as one of her generation’s greatest actors.

In 33 Variations, Burstyn plays Katherine Brandt, a musicologist devoted to uncovering the mystery behind Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Moving between the past and present, the play interweaves Beethoven’s (AACTA and Logie winner William McInnes) struggle to complete his masterpiece with Katherine’s journey to understand the composer’s obsession. Meanwhile, Katherine’s daughter Clara (four time Gold Logie winner Lisa McCune) seeks to connect with her mother as they face the greatest challenge of their lives.

Featuring live performances of Beethoven’s magnificent music by renowned pianist Andrea Katz, the witty and profound 33 Variations is sure to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2019!



“Deeply moving… Music lovers and theatre lovers alike won’t be disappointed by this affecting piece.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“A potent family drama wrapped inside a fascinating historical mystery.”