Oscar, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning legend Ellen Burstyn makes her Australian stage debut opposite Lisa McCune, William McInnes, Helen Morse, Francis Greenslade, Toby Truslove, Andre de Vanny and Andrea Katz in Moises Kaufman's acclaimed play 33 Variations.
Known for her performances in The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, How to Make an American Quilt, Requiem for a Dream, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and Netflix’s House of Cards, Burstyn is widely regarded as one of her generation’s greatest actors.
In 33 Variations, Burstyn plays Katherine Brandt, a musicologist devoted to uncovering the mystery behind Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Moving between the past and present, the play interweaves Beethoven’s (AACTA and Logie winner William McInnes) struggle to complete his masterpiece with Katherine’s journey to understand the composer’s obsession. Meanwhile, Katherine’s daughter Clara (four time Gold Logie winner Lisa McCune) seeks to connect with her mother as they face the greatest challenge of their lives.
Featuring live performances of Beethoven’s magnificent music by renowned pianist Andrea Katz, 33 Variations is a deeply moving and 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. Directed by Gary Abrahams