The Black Rider


Ticket information

2017 Membership Ticket Prices


Type One Reserve
Adult $55
Senior $50
Concession $40
VOyage* $30

All Membership orders attract a $7.95 Membership Processing Charge per transaction.
* Special price for 30 and under.


2017 Single Ticket Prices


 Type One Reserve
Adult $65-75
Senior $60-70
Concession $50-55 
Group (8+) $45-49 
VOyage $35 
School Group $22.50-24.50 
Arts Access $30 

Please note that all ticket purchases attract a $3 Booking Fee.
* Special price for 30 and under.

15 September - 8 October
Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse

About The Black Rider

Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs’ cult musical fable has become one of the most iconic pieces of avant garde theatre since it premiered in 1990. Finding its roots in German folktale Der Freischütz (also the basis for Weber’s opera), the story follows a file clerk’s desperation to prove his worth by entering a Faustian pact. However, the Devil’s bargain is always a fool’s bargain. An allegory of addiction, the plot mirrors the tragic events of Burroughs’ own life.

A co-production between Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre, The Black Rider stars an enviable line-up of Australia’s most cherished ‘enfants terribles’ Paul Capsis (The Threepenny Opera) alongside Meow Meow and Kanen Breen, who bookend our 2017 Season following ’Tis Pity in February. Matthew Lutton takes the helm as director with musical direction from Victorian Opera’s Head of Music Phoebe Briggs.

Production Information


Tom Waits


William S. Burroughs

Creative Team

Musical Director Phoebe Briggs
Musical Supervisor Iain Grandage
Director Matthew Lutton
Set & Costume Designer Zoe Atkinson
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Soundscape Designer Jethro Woodward
Sound Designer Jim Atkins 


Kanen Breen (Wilhelm)
Meow Meow (Pegleg)
Dimity Shepherd (Katchen)
Jacqui Dark (Anne)
Richard Piper (Bertram)
Paul Capsis (Ensemble)
Le Gataeu Chocolat (Duke / Old Uncle)

Wilhelm Kanen Breen
Pegleg Meow Meow 
Katchen Dimity Shepherd 
Anne Jacqui Dark 
Bertram Richard Piper
Ensemble Paul Capsis 
Duke/Old Uncle Le Gateau Chocolat 


Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

Audio Described Performances & Tactile Tours
22 September, 7:30pm (Tactile Tour at 6:40pm)
23 September, 3:00pm (Tactile Tour at 2:10pm)

Patrons’ Behind the Scenes
 5 September

Patrons’ Pre-Show Drinks 19 September