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Simon Bruckard

The Selfish Giant

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
27 May 2022 - 28 May 2022

Oscar Wilde’s charming short story, The Selfish Giant, has enchanted young readers since it was first published in 1888.

After a cantankerous Giant banishes children from playing in his garden, he experiences the chill of perpetual Winter. When children sneakily return, so does the beauty and joyfulness of Spring, teaching the Giant to open his heart generously in order to enjoy life’s riches.

Premiered in 2019, this Green Room Award-winning adaptation comes from the creative genius of two of Victorian Opera’s former Developing Artists: composer Simon Bruckard (Cassandra) and librettist Emma Muir-Smith.

Following its sold-out debut season in 2019, The Selfish Giant returns to the stage with its wit and playfully eclectic musical style.



Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Friday 27 May 2022, 1.00 pm **
Saturday 28 May 2022, 11.00 am, 2.00 pm *, 5.00 pm

50 min, no interval
Sung in English

*Digital Access livestream available
**Relaxed performance

Please note: Audio Description for the performance on Saturday 28 May, 11.00 am is no longer available.

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More information 

In-Theatre Subscriptions are now closed.
Digital Subscription $24

For assistance with a current Subscription, including exchanges and adding tickets to your booking, phone 1800 822 849 (In-Theatre Subscriptions) or 03 9001 6412 (Digital Access).

Single Tickets

In-Theatre Tickets $39 (Concessions and Child prices available)
Digital Access $30 (Concessions available)

Bookings available online or by phone on 1300 182 183 (In-Theatre Tickets) or 03 9001 6412 (Digital Access). 

Fees Apply - see further details in the Book Tickets section below.

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Accessible Seating Tickets

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Subscription booking line: 1300 822 849 Single ticket bookings: 1300 182 183

More Access options and further information can be found on the Arts Centre Melbourne website.

Listen Now

Get to know the sound of The Selfish Giant with our Spotify playlist.

Read Now

Get to know the world of The Selfish Giant with our Visual Story resource and Education Resource, designed to assist students and teachers to get the most from their opera experience.

Creatives & Cast

Composer and Conductor Simon Bruckard
Librettist Emma Muir-Smith
Director Cameron Menzies
Original Choreography Elizabeth Hill-Cooper
Set and Costume Designer James Browne
Original Lighting Designer Eduard Inglés
Lighting Realised Peter Darby
Performance Sound Designer Sam Moxham

Livestream Sound Designer Jarrad Gilsen


The Giant Stephen Marsh
First Fairy Eliza Bennetts O'Connor
Second Fairy Miriam Whiting-Reilly
Spring Lucy Schneider
Snow Joshua Morton-Galea
Wind Nick Sheppard
Frost Christopher-Jack Andrew
Winter Hannah Kostros
Child 1 Uma Dobia
Child 2 Cen Wei
Child 3 Hartley Trusler
Child 4 Jack Jordan


Nick Beecher, Isaac Burgess, Joel Dow, Zoya Mclean,
Caitlin Rowe, Breanna Stuart

Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

This production features student performers from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, including students from the Master of Music (Opera Performance), Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Bachelor of Music (Voice).

Book Tickets

Single Tickets $39

Price Type One Reserve
Adult $39
Concession $34
Senior $34
30yrs & Under $30
Child $30
Family Offer - Group 4+ $31

Digital Access

Price Type One Reserve
Adult $30
Concession $28
30 Years & Under $28
Senior $28

Single Ticket online orders may be subject to a Service Charge of up to $8.95 per order, plus any optional additional postage charges.
Digital Access ticket orders include a $1.50 (inc. GST) processing fee per order.

In-Theatre bookings available online or by phone on 1300 182 183 (Arts Centre Melbourne).
Digital Access bookings available online or by phone on 03 9001 6412 (Victorian Opera).

If you have accessible booking requirements, including wheelchair and/or companion card requirements please contact Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183 (main Box Office) or 1300 822 849 (Subscriptions line).

Season 2022 In-Theatre Subscriptions closed on Thursday 31 March 2022. For assistance with existing Subscriptions, please phone the Victorian Opera Subscription line on 1300 822 849 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm). 

Ticket prices are correct at time of publishing and may vary. A booking fee may apply. Information on our Privacy and Ticketing Policies can be found here. We strongly advise that tickets should only be purchased via authorised ticket sellers. For The Selfish Giant this includes Arts Centre Melbourne. Tickets purchased through unauthorised sellers cannot be guaranteed.

In Association with

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne

Supported by

Jane Hemstritch

Relaxed Performance is Supported by

The Marian & E.H. Flack Trust
William Angliss Charitable Fund