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An obsession, a love story, family dysfunction and a two century-old mystery combine in the witty and deeply moving play 33 Variations,a theatrical event that brings together the most prestigious cast ever assembled on an Australian stage.
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.
Known for her performances in The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, How 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.
Burstyn plays Dr Katherine Brandt, a musicologist trying to solve the riddle of why one of the world’s greatest musical geniuses became consumed with a forgettable piece of music by a mediocre composer, and how his obsession inspired a spectacular masterpiece. Moving between the past and present, the play interweaves Beethoven’s struggle to complete his magnificent Diabelli Variations with Katherine’s search for answers. Meanwhile, Katherine’s daughter Clara 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!