End of the Rainbow

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Presented by State Theatre Company South Australia in association with Adelaide Cabaret Festival

By Peter Quilter


Featuring ten of Judy Garland’s most loved songs, Peter Quilter’s worldwide smash hit End of the Rainbow tears down the bright lights of Hollywood myth to reveal a thrilling tale of passion and fame.

Judy Garland, her fifth husband and manager, Mickey Deans, and her long-time accompanist, Anthony, check into the Ritz Hotel in London. In a final attempt to revive her career, Judy agrees to a five-week residency at the Talk of the Town nightclub. But as opening night nears, can she overcome her demons to dazzle audiences once more?

Musical theatre icon Helen Dallimore (Wicked, Legally Blonde The Musical) brings Judy to life in an electric performance that captures the magic of one of the world’s favourite stars. Sparkling with Garland’s trademark wit, charm and glamour, End of the Rainbow is a stunning drama that is as powerful as any classic Hollywood film.

End of the Rainbow contains sexual references, coarse language, adult themes (references to suicide), the use of herbal cigarettes and theatrical smoke effects.

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (including interval)

Below are some support services for those affected by the themes in the production:

Lifeline – 13 11 44
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636

  • Audio described performances for End of the Rainbow will take place on the following dates:

    • Saturday 8 June, 2pm
    • Tuesday 11 June, 6:30pm

    You can purchase tickets to these performances here.

    You can access a written version of the pre-show notes here.

    You can access an audio version of the pre-show notes here

  • Fancy a drink before the show? Dinner, perhaps? Present your ticket, or proof of ticket purchase at the venues below to access discounts and offers fit for a Hollywood star.

    Saracens Head Hotel

    Located just a short walk away from the theatre, the Saracens Head Hotel gives theatre-goers the VIP treatment with its special theatre menu. Simply present your theatre ticket or proof of ticket purchase to waitstaff to receive a discount on dinner and a glass of wine before the show. Click here to learn more.

    Gurkhas Nepalese Restaurant

    Tucked away next door to the Royalty Theatre, Gurkha’s Restaurant cooks fresh and fragrant Nepalese cuisine that will keep you warm on even the coldest winter night. Present your ticket or a proof of ticket purchase to get a 10% discount at the venue. Click here to learn more.

Explore the show

  • Find out everything you need to know about End of the Rainbow. Who’s in it, what the show is about and the cultural context it sits within (surprisingly, a very, very rich one).

    Click here to access the guide.


  • “I want the audience to see a real person, with all her greatness, all her faults, all her cracks, all her sparkle. When writing about somebody so loved, you feel a pressure to always show them at their best. This is true of so many biographical shows and movies — always showing the positive side. But my belief was that if you give the audience the whole person then they can truly begin to understand them.”

    Click here to read the full interview with Peter Quilter on our blog.

  • Just before going on stage at Glen Eira Town Hall in Melbourne, on August 29, 2015, a gentleman who worked there knocked on Paul Capsis’ dressing room door. “Sorry to bother you Mr Capsis,” he said. “But I want to give you something.”

    That something was a necklace that was owned by Judy Garland. Helen Dallimore is now wearing that very necklace in our show.

    Read the full story here


  • There is a scene in End of the Rainbow where Judy (aka Helen Dallimore) hurls a fruit bowl at Mickey Deans (played by Nic English). We use real fruit in the production and whenever it gets too bruised, director Elena Carapetis takes it home and bakes a cake for everyone in the company to enjoy.

    It feels like a beautiful metaphor for creating something beautiful out of something ugly… but more importantly, it feels like delicious cake.

    Next time you have a diva moment and pelt a banana across a room, don’t throw it away or mourn the waste. Make Elena’s delicious cake and, perhaps, think of the divas that have come before you.

    Get the full recipe here





Elena Carapetis

Musical Director

Carol Young


Ailsa Paterson

Lighting Designer

Mark Pennington

Sound Designer

Andrew Howard

Assistant Director

Adriana Bonaccurso

Cast Includes

Helen Dallimore, Nic English, Eddie Morrison and Stephen Sheehan

Dates & Times

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      • QA
Opening Night
Audio Described
Off Stage Post-Show Party
Keith's Matinee Club
Post-show Q&A