MELANCHOLIA

BY LARS VON TRIER

On the night of her boisterous wedding—amid corsages, canapés, and Clicquot—Justine quietly falls apart. The world will surely follow suit.

Justine’s sister Claire stages a lavish wedding party at a mansion in the mountains, and as the fever dream of the wedding ceremony careens towards disaster, Justine is drawn to an innocuous spot in the sky. That spot is the wayward planet Melancholia, on a collision course with Earth.

This epic cinematic masterpiece is reimagined for the stage by ground-breaking playwright Declan Greene and directed by Matthew Lutton, featuring an extraordinary ensemble of performers.

★★★★
"ACCOMPLISHED, EVOCATIVE STAGE DEBUT"
— THE GUARDIAN
★★★★
"PALPABLE"
— STAGE NOISE
"POWERFUL, UNNERVING AND IMAGINATIVE"
— THE AGE
"NORVILL'S JUSTINE IS PERFECTION"
— THEATRE PRESS

A Malthouse Theatre production.

Key image: Zan Wimberley
Images: Pia Johnson

BY /

Lars von Trier

ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY /

Declan Greene

DIRECTION /

Matthew Lutton

CAST /

Alexander Artemov, Maude Davey, Steve Mouzakis, Eryn Jean Norvill, Liam Smith, Leeanna Walsman, Gareth Yuen

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Marg Horwell

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Paul Jackson

SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION /

J. David Franzke

Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 13 Jul, 7.30pm Sat 14 Jul, 6.30pm Mon 16 Jul, 6.30pm Tue 17 Jul
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Wed 18 Jul
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 24 Jul

Location

Merlyn Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION / 

105 minutes

WARNINGS / 

Contains adult themes, coarse language, herbal cigarettes, loud and dynamic sound effects, and references to mental health and suicide.