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Final tickets are now on sale for performances through to 26 September, with performances sold out to the end of June. Occasionally, tickets for previously sold out performances may become available for purchase again due to exchanges.


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



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 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.




  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 a pocket 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.




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.


Matthew Lutton Concept, Direction & Text
Kamarra Bell-Wykes Text
Ra Chapman Text
Dale Ferguson Set Design (Architecture)
Marg Horwell Set Design (Interiors)
Matilda Woodroofe Associate Set Design (Interiors)
J. David Franzke Composition & Sound Design
Amelia Lever-Davidson Lighting Design
Kat Chan Costume Design
Bridget Balodis Assistant Direction
Mark Pritchard Dramaturg
Nicole Nabout Cast (Claudia)
Maria Theodorakis Cast (Claudia)
Belinda McClory Cast (Gertrude)
Jennifer Vuletic Cast (Gertrude)
Khisraw Jones-Shukoor Cast (Hamlet)
Keegan Joyce Cast (Hamlet)
Ras-Samuel Welda'abzgi Cast (Laertes)
Harvey Zielinski Cast (Laertes)
Tahlee Fereday Cast (Ophelia)
Artemis Ioannides Cast (Ophelia)
Rodney Afif Cast (Polonius)
Syd Brisbane Cast (Polonius)

Event & ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Auslan Interpreted
Audio Described
Relaxed Performance

Dates & Times

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


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)


The Malthouse

113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

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Event notes


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


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. 


Performance duration is approximately 90 minutes.


For detailed information on Because The Night access performances see here.


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