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The End

  • Venue: Space Theatre
  • When: Wed 29 Feb 04:45 PM - 05:55 PM
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Main Audience: Adults (18+)
  • No. in touring party: 3

The End

In this exquisite production from Sydney’s acclaimed Belvoir (Cloudstreet, The Diary of a Madman, Exit the King), Beckett’s extraordinary novella The End stakes a claim to be considered one of the great theatrical monologues of the 20th century. Robert Menzies’ performance of the uncut text is widely regarded as a career highlight from one of the country’s great actors and amongst the finest performances on the Australian stage in recent years.

A man enters a bare stage, reluctantly places his feet on a small white cross on the floor, slowly looks at us all, and begins to speak. He speaks about the last months of his life and his agitated search for a place to live out his days. Seventy minutes later, still on the cross, in a passage of startling beauty, he finds release.

The End is an unexpected Australian revelation of this magnificent Irish writer.

“Eamon Flack’s production of The End, with its characteristic combination of bleakness and rich humanity, is a theatrical triumph. It deserves to tour widely.” The Australian

Director: Eamon Flack
Performer: Robert Menzies
Lighting Designer: Teegan Lee


Belvoir is one of Australia's most innovative and respected theatre companies. Under new Artistic Director Ralph Myers, the company performs at its home at Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, Sydney, and from there tours to major arts centres and festivals both nationally and internationally.

Its core business is to produce theatrical works from a shared vision to question and affirm Australian culture, extend and develop artists, and provide audiences with experiences of imaginative daring and emotional depth.

Belvoir engages Australia’s most prominent and promising playwrights, directors, actors and designers to present an annual artistic program that includes a mixture of new and classic Australian plays and modern interpretations of classic international drama.  Landmark productions like Cloudstreet, The Diary of a Madman, The Alchemist, Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, Gulpilil, The Sapphires, Stuff Happens, Keating!, Parramatta Girls, Exit the King, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Toy Symphony, The Book of Everything, Page 8 and Gwen in Purgatory have consolidated Belvoir’s position as one of Australia’s most innovative and acclaimed theatre companies.

“The city’s most exciting and beloved theatre.” Sydney Morning Herald

Photo: Jeff Busby


Brenna Hobson
General Manager, Belvoir
18 Belvoir St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 2 9698 3344
+61 413 607 053