The Secret River

Olivier Theatre, National, London
The Secret River
Olivier Theatre, National, London
Our Review 4 / 5

A moving and unflinching journey into Australia’s dark history. Adapted from Kate Grenville’s acclaimed novel, this multi-award-winning production from Sydney Theatre Company tells the story of two families divided by culture and land.

William Thornhill arrives in New South Wales a convict from the slums of London. Upon earning his pardon he discovers that this new world offers something he didn’t dare to dream of: a place to call his own. But as he plants a crop and lays claim to the soil on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, he finds that this land is not his to take. Its ancient custodians are the Dharug people.

The Secret River 2019 tour is supported by Ian Narev & Frances Allan, Gretel Packer and commissioning patrons Catriona Mordant AM & Simon Mordant AM and David Gonski AC & Orli Wargon OAM.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and The Centenary of Canberra.

Previews from |
22nd August 2019
Opening date |
27th August 2019
Booking from |
11th July 2020
Available until |
7th September 2019
Closes |
7th September 2019
Categories |
Kate Greville
Neil Armfield
Songs by:
Iain Grandage
Mark Howett
Steve Francis
Stephen Curtis
Tess Schofield

Olivier Theatre, National Venue Information

Olivier Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of The Secret River


While William Thornhill, the pardoned prisoner who lays claim to his own land in Australia, is the fictional antihero of Kate Grenville’s novel The Secret River, it’s hard to forget to Indigenous people he’s displaced by laying claim to his space are real. Blameless, slaughtered, and real.   Read more

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