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Duration: 27 Jun – 25 Jul
Price: $25 - $52

A new version by Simon Bent based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen

27 Jun – 25 Jul
Preview 26 Jun
Circa One
Tues – Thurs 6.30pm, Fri – Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm
$25 – $52
Early Bird tickets available


A charming celebration of the simple things in life

After two years of sharing a room in a mental institution Elling and Kjell are allowed out, back into society. It’s not that they’re dangerous, they’re just a little… hopeless. Elling is too smart. Too sensitive. And, Kjell has a plan, a dream, a great ambition. He wants to lose his virginity. Preferably today.

Elling charts the bumps and stumbles as this truly odd couple make their way back into the world we take for granted. As they build friendships, become accustomed to all things ordinary and start to experience the pleasure of the everyday we share their joy as they discover the richness of life in the ‘real’ world.

Based on the cult Norwegian film and skillfully adapted by English playwright Simon Bent, Elling is a sensitive, eccentric and unsentimental play. A parable about the nature of happiness, the need to be open and how all our lives would be improved by more poetry, more sex and more pork with gravy.

‘A rare treat … the most blissfully funny and touching evening I have had in the theatre for ages’ — The Guardian

‘Elling brings hearty dollops of humour, charm and warmth’ — Stuff

‘It’s charming, quirky, touching, and laugh-out-loud funny’ — Theatre New York