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Games 

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Opera House has announced that all public performances will be cancelled until Wednesday 17 June. As such, this performance will not proceed. Further information available here.

Welcome to Berlin, 1936.

As two young Jewish athletes train feverishly in the lead up to the 1936 ‘Nazi Olympics’, they realise they are fighting for much more than gold. 

In the Utzon Room


★★★★★
“A truly genius piece of writing.”

Voice Mag

This performance has been cancelled. All ticketholders will receive a full refund including booking and processing fees.

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A cautionary tale for our times

1936, Berlin. Europe is divided, economies are losing their footing, anti-semitism and right-wing populism are gaining traction. The Olympics in Berlin are just around the corner, but they are in jeopardy of facing an international boycott. 

Inspired by the true stories of two world-class Jewish athletes and the racial prejudice they suffered under the Nazi regime, Games is a beautifully crafted, multi-award-winning theatre work written by three time Fringe First winner Henry Naylor. 

Sydney Opera House Presents a Gilded Balloon production

★★★★ 
“Powerful and thought-provoking”
In Daily Adelaide

★★★★★
“This two-hander is a gem"
Theatre Guide London

★★★★★
“Breathtaking and powerful, Henry Naylor’s Games is sharp, funny and poignant- a must see."
EdFest Mag

★★★★1/2 
“A high-energy and enthralling tale”
The Adelaidian

More about Henry Naylor...

Henry Naylor is a multi-award-winning UK playwright, who has been described as ‘one of our best new playwrights’ in The Times, and ‘one of the most thought-provoking playwrights of our times,’ in The Spectator. In the past 3½ years his plays have won, or been nominated for 34 international awards, including one of France’s most prestigious awards for the arts, the Globes De Cristal. In 2016, he joined J.K. Rowling in having written one of the 10 Best Plays Of The Year by The Times. He is one of only a handful of writers to have won the Fringe First three times, and has won four of the top five Fringe awards at the Edinburgh Fringe, including the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. The one he hasn’t won - the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award – he’s been nominated for three times. Three of his plays have had month long runs off-Broadway, and in 2017 alone there were over 300 public performances of his work, over five continents. His work has been translated into eight languages.

 

LISTEN: Henry Naylor on the inspiration behind his plays

Henry Naylor is an British comedy writer, producer, director, performer, and playwright. More recently, he has written plays that deal with difficult global and political issues.  Find out what inspires Henry to write plays and why he thinks it’s important to tell the stories that he does.

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