End of the Rainbow

31 May — 22 Jun 2019
Royalty Theatre
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Presented by State Theatre Company South Australia in association with Adelaide Cabaret Festival

By Peter Quilter


Judy Garland, her fifth husband and manager, Mickey Deans, and her longtime accompanist, Anthony, check into The Ritz Hotel in London. With her reputation in tatters, Judy prepares for a five-week run of shows at London’s Talk of the Town nightclub. But as opening night nears and the pressures of fame bear down harder than ever, her world slowly begins to fall apart.

Telling the story of Judy Garland’s fabled last days, Peter Quilter’s worldwide smash hit End of the Rainbow tears down the bright lights of Hollywood myth to reveal an enthralling tale of passion and manipulation.

Musical theatre icon Helen Dallimore (Wicked, Legally Blonde The Musical) plays the Hollywood legend in all her fragile and manic glory. This unmissable performance will bring the beauty, complexity and music of Garland to the stage.

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

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (including interval)

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  • “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.




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