33 Variations

33 Variations


Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe winning legend Ellen Burstyn makes her Australian stage debut in a new production of Moisés Kaufman’s acclaimed Tony nominated play 33 Variations

Known for her iconic performances in classics such as The Exorcist, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Oscar and BAFTA winner for Best Actress) and The Last Picture Show, a tour de force in Requiem for a Dream (marking her 6th Oscar nomination), and memorable roles in How to Make an American Quilt and Netflix’s hit series House of Cards, Ellen Burstyn is widely regarded as one of her generation’s greatest actors. 

In 33 Variations, Ellen plays the brilliant Katherine Brandt, a musicologist deeply devoted to her study of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Featuring stunning live performances of Beethoven’s masterpiece, the play moves between Beethoven’s creation of the work and Katherine’s journey to understand the composer’s obsessive drive. Meanwhile, Katherine’s own single-mindedness has led to a strained relationship with her often overlooked daughter Clara. Combining magnificent music with Kaufman’s deeply moving story, 33 Variations is a truly unique theatrical experience that explores the complex connections between life and art, mothers and daughters. 

Presented by Cameron Lukey and Neil Gooding Productions in association with Ellis Productions, and directed by Gary Abrahams.