The Literati

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Riverside Theatres presents
A Griffin Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare Co-Production

The Literati

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 27 July - 30 July 2016

By Justin Fleming
After Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes

It’s sassy, it’s silly, it’s Sydney.

Juliet and Clinton are in love. Guileless, sweet, all-encompassing love. However, love is not without its impediments. Standing in the way of their eternal happiness are Juliet’s mother and sister, whose disapproval is of the most high-brow kind.

Griffin is doing a Molière! Why? Because that great Australian playwright, Justin Fleming (Shellshock, Tartuffe, Satango), has audaciously brought this one screaming into 21st Century Australia and it is fabulous! We love it!

And, it’s also a glorious new co-production with Bell Shakespeare, directed by Griffin Artistic Director Lee Lewis, and featuring an absolutely stellar cast; Caroline Brazier (Rake, Packed to the Rafters), Gareth Davies (As You Like It – Bell Shakespeare, Peter Pan – Belvoir), award-winning playwright and actor Kate Mulvany (Tartuffe – Bell Shakespeare, Beached – Griffin, Jasper Jones, The Seed – Belvoir), Jamie Oxenbould (Dapto Chaser – Griffin Independent, Camp – Ensemble Theatre) and and Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires, Love Child, Redfern Now, The Secret River – STC).

Please Note: This production contains very coarse language

Main Image Credit: Brett Boardman
Production Images: Daniel Boud

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 27 July 8pm
Thursday 28 July 8pm
Friday 29 July 8pm
Saturday 30 July 2:15pm & 8pm

Please note there is a lock-out for this production. If you are late you will not be allowed into the theatre for 7minutes and then the next suitable entry point is 40minutes into the show.

Please note, Season Packages are not available to purchase online. To book a season package simply fill out a Season Booking Form and submit it to Box Office by post or in person.

To receive a copy of our 2016 Season Brochure, please call Box Office on 8839 3399.

Download a copy of our Season 2016 booking form here: Season 2016 Booking Form


Caroline Brazier
Gareth Davies
Jamie Oxenbould
Kate Mulvany
Miranda Tapsell


Lee Lewis

Co-Composers & Sound Designers
Max Lambert and Roger Lock

Sophie Fletcher

Lighting Designer
Verity Hampson




“This highly entertaining production achieves something that you don’t always find in new stagings of Moliere: a mixture of outrageous comedy and tender humanity, side by side, sometimes clashing, but brought together sweetly in the springlike comic ending.” – The Australian, John Mccallum

“The Literati is exceptional entertainment made doubly pleasurable at this intimate scale. Don’t miss it.” – The Sydney Morning Herald, Jason Blake

“Fleming’s script is a gem of gymnastic linguistics, peppered with provocations and pleasures, as befits its classical template, astute and acerbic and unabashedly cheeky.” – Australian Stage, Richard Cotter

“Gareth Davies and Miranda Tapsell are maddening and charming respectively, while Caroline Brazier and Kate Mulvany are gloriously awe-inspiring in their dual high-wire acts – between utterly sublime and utterly silly.” – Stage Noise, Diana Simmonds

“Boasting fine performances, it’s Fleming’s deftness in adapting the prose which is the real reward here.” – ArtsHub, Glen Falkenstein

“The Literati is an hilarious agile production, bristling with language play, which miraculously always stays true and on track.” – Stage Whispers, Martin Portus


“It’s Moliere, but more than anything it’s Justin Fleming, who himself is an extraordinary, funny, absolutely unique human being. Physically he looks like he’s from the 16th century.” Actor Kate Mulvany talks to The Music about performing The Literati. Read here

“The reason I love acting with Miranda is she allows me to do stupid things. My character is mad and Miranda allows the madness to happen without cracking.” Stellar actors Kate Mulvany and Miranda Tapsell talk to The Sydney Morning Herald about working together on The Literati. Read here


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Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (Including interval)

Ticket Prices

Season Package/ Sidekicks Adult $43
Season Package/ Sidekicks Concession $38
Season Package/ Sidekicks 30 & Under $29
Season Package Guest Adult $44
Season Package Guest Concession $39
Season Package Guest 30 & Under $29
Single Ticket Adult $49
Single Ticket Concession $44
Single Ticket 30 & Under $35
Groups 10+ $44

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Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
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