MYSTERIOUS PLANET. INCOMPREHENSIBLE INTELLIGENCE. GHOSTS OF REGRET.

‘Until you experience it,’ said Snow, ‘there’s no point talking about it.’ A cagey comment, but Kris took it in stride. Then, she experienced it.

Within hours of arriving in orbit around the mercurial planet Solaris, Kris encounters evasive inhabitants, self-isolating scientists and the ghost of a lover who died long ago.

Yes. Here, on the other side of the galaxy, Earth's dead visit. 

Above an uninhabitable world possessed by a powerful intelligence, the crew are sleepless and lost. They fight with the nature of the planet below, their mission, their own motivations, and the dark horrors of their past that haunt the space station.

Could the planet itself be to blame?

Tarkovsky and Soderbergh have tackled Stanisław Lem’s classic sci-fi novel on screen. Now, Matthew Lutton directs a script by master Scottish writer David Greig, as Malthouse Theatre and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh bring this world-premiere thriller to the stage.

"SOLARIS IS A TRIUMPHANT AND EMOTIONALLY VIBRANT PRODUCTION"
— The Music
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"SOLARIS IS A MUST-SEE IN EVERY WAY"
— Beat Magazine
"A COMPELLING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING INTERPRETATION"
— Herald Sun

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Malthouse Theatre, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and the Lyric Hammersmith present Solaris.

Key image: Zan Wimberley 
Images: Pia Johnson 

Partners

A NEW PLAY BY / 

David Greig adapted from Stanisław Lem’s novel

DIRECTION /

Matthew Lutton

CAST INCLUDES / 

Leeanna Walsman, Keegan Joyce, Jade Ogugua, Fode Simbo

FEATURING / 

Hugo Weaving as Gibarian (video)

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Hyemi Shin

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Paul Jackson

SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION /

Jethro Woodward

STAGE MANAGER /

Lyndie Li Wan Po

CASTING DIRECTOR / 

Laura Donnelly CDG

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 28 Jun, 7.30pm Sat 29 Jun, 6.30pm Mon 1 Jul, 6.30pm Tue 2 Jul
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Wed 3 Jul
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 9 Jul

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 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 / 

100 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS /

Contains strong violent imagery and adult material.