Something is unfolding here in Elsinore. For weeks the strikes have been intensifying—but there’s a new mood tonight as Carnival approaches. There’s a vivid sense of an era ending—a new age opening up. The timber workers feel it… and the royals too. Inside the palace there are whispers… the King’s death, the grinning Queen, the agitated Prince… And the ancient forest is wild again, groaning—restless... It seems to me that everything is part of a broader picture—that no matter where you look, it will tell the whole wicked story.

 

 

In a landmark production of unmissable storytelling, Malthouse Theatre launches an immersive theatre work on a scale never seen before in Australia. An entire world has been constructed for you to explore: follow the royals through the palace, roam the length of a town on the cusp of the digital age, or sift through the drawers of a single desk. Whatever you choose, a story will play out around you of a regime on the edge of collapse. You are a silent witness in the halls of power on a pivotal night in history. Move, venture deeper, listen closely, because the night will soon be lostand all its secrets with it.

 

"Because the Night might just be Melbourne’s must-see theatre experience this year."
— Time Out
"Simply great fun."
— The Guardian
"A thrilling theatrical rollercoaster ride that goes right off the rails in an ingenious, meticulously managed way."
— Limelight

WHAT IS AN IMMERSIVE PERFORMANCE?

 

Because The Night is an immersive theatre show. The performance is experienced by moving through the sprawling world of Elsinore as the story plays out around you.

The actors cannot 'see' you, and will never touch or talk to you. You are a silent witness to their stories.

Enter Elsinore from one of three entrance rooms: the Bedroom, the Gymnasium, or the Royal Office*. The story commences with different characters' perspectives before you are invited to explore the expanse that awaits you.

Follow the characters as their stories intersect and the adventure unfolds, or go off the beaten track to discover the secrets of the town. Every choice you make is the right choice, for whatever path you take will uncover the mysteries of Because The Night.

If you are experiencing Because The Night as a group, it is recommended you start at different entrances. Whether you choose to explore together, or split up to discover the world alone, your journey is yours to take as you wish.

 

* Please note starting from the Royal Office requires entering the room by ascending and descending two flights of stairs. This entrance is not wheelchair accessible.

 

RULES OF ENTRY

 

  1. Audience members must wear a mask and cloak to experience the performance. These garments will be managed in a COVID-Safe way and will be provided to audience members upon entry and collected on exit.
  2. No touching other audience members or performers during the show.
  3. No bags or items larger than what can be carried in one hand are permitted in the performance. All bags and large items must be cloaked prior to the performance in the cloaking facilities provided.
  4. The use of phones is strictly prohibited during the performance. Phones must be cloaked and/or must be turned off (not just on silent or airplane mode). Trust us, you won’t need them.
  5. Photography (including using a smartphone) is prohibited during the performance.

 

COVID-19 SAFETY

 

Because The Night is performed to just 60 audience members at a time. The spaces in the performance are designed for audience members to maintain social distancing and are thoroughly cleaned between performances in line with our COVID-19 venue safety protocols. You cannot touch the actors or other audience members, and the actors will not touch you.

 

Because The Night is supported by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government. Thank you to Daniel Besen, Michele Levine, The Humanity Foundation and Circle5 Foundation for their leading support of the production.

Partners

CONCEPT & DIRECTION /

Matthew Lutton

TEXT /

Kamarra Bell-Wykes, Ra Chapman, Matthew Lutton

SET DESIGN (ARCHITECTURE) /

Dale Ferguson

SET DESIGN (INTERIORS) /

Marg Horwell

ASSOCIATE SET DESIGN (INTERIORS) /

Matilda Woodroofe

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN /

J. David Franzke

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Amelia Lever-Davidson

COSTUME DESIGN /

Kat Chan

ASSISTANT DIRECTION /

Bridget Balodis

DRAMATURG /

Mark Pritchard

CASTING /

Marline Zaibak

CLAUDIA /

Nicole Nabout & Maria Theodorakis

GERTRUDE /

Belinda McClory & Jennifer Vuletic

HAMLET /

Khisraw Jones-Shukoor & Keegan Joyce

LAERTES /

Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi & Harvey Zielinski

OPHELIA /

Tahlee Fereday & Artemis Ioannides

POLONIUS /

Rodney Afif & Syd Brisbane

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

Evening Tue – Sun - 6pm, 8.30pm
Matinee Sat - 1pm

Tickets

Standard $135.00 - Fri & Sat (+ booking fee)
Standard $130.00 - Wed & Thu (+ booking fee)
Standard $120.00 - Tue, Sat Matinee & Sun (+ booking fee)
Concession $60.00 - Government Health Care Card, Student Card, MEAA Membership. Concession tickets are available in limited quantities for performances Sun – Thu and will not be available on performances where the allocation has been reached. (+ booking fee)

Location

The Malthouse

113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

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Event notes

WARNINGS /

Performance contains some strong sound and lighting effects, haze, coarse language, and adult content. A full list of content warnings can be located here.

AGE RESTRICTIONS /

Audience members must be 13 years or older to attend. Audience members under 13 years old must be accompanied by a guardian 18 years or older. 

DURATION /

Performance duration is approximately 90 minutes.

ACCESSIBILITY /

WHEELCHAIR AND PHYSICAL ACCESS

The world of Because The Night has been designed with a minimum 85cm doorway width on all rooms, and is accessible for a wheelchair with a 64cm width. All rooms in the show can be accessed via flat floor doorways from at least one room entry.

Entering from the Royal Office is not suitable for audiences that have difficulty ascending and descending a flight of stairs. All rooms in the show are connected and can be explored from any starting room.

If you have any questions about accessibility or require further information for your specific needs, please contact by email to boxoffice@malthousetheatre.com.au or by calling 03 9685 5111.

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

There will be dedicated audio described performances through the Because The Night season in collaboration with Description Victoria.

AUSLAN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES

There will be dedicated Auslan interpreted performances through the Because The Night season in collaboration with Auslan Stage Left.

RELAXED PERFORMANCES

There will be a relaxed performance pack created in collaboration with A_tistic.

REFUNDS AND EXCHANGES /

Please see Malthouse Theatre's terms and conditions for information on refunds and exchanges.