ALSO ON STAGE
Damien Ryan (artistic director of Sport for Jove) makes his Sydney Theatre Company debut directing John Bell in this international mega-hit: a tour through a mind unravelling in dementia, by French writer Florian Zeller (adapted by Christopher Hampton). Wharf Theatres, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay 2000. 02 9250 1777. www.sydneytheatre.com.au. $79-$102. Aug 19-Oct 21.
SWAN LAKE (LOCH NA HEALA)
One of ballet’s most popular stories gets a gritty Irish makeover by acclaimed choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan, blending live music, dance and theatre. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point 2000. 02 9250 7111. www.sydneyoperahouse.com. $35-$69.90. Aug 30-Sep 2.
Griffin Theatre Company’s artistic director Lee Lewis is helming this Queensland Theatre co-production of Michelle Lee’s two-hander about the relationship between a high-flying executive and her office cleaner. SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross 2010. 02 9361 3817. www.griffintheatre.com.au. $35-$55. Until Aug 26.
Sarah Kane only wrote a handful of plays in her short life, but they have made a huge impact on the British and global theatre scene. 4:48 Psychosis is a fragmentary and poetic exploration of major depression, poking at treatment and the self, and mired in despair. Take note: talk of suicide and suicidal ideation features heavily. Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo 2011. 02 9356 3848. www. oldfitztheatre.com. $30-$42. Aug 16-Sep 9.