In celebration of the past 50 years and in anticipation of the next 50!


2020 marks the 50th birthday of Griffin’s home, the Stables Theatre. We will be celebrating all year long with a range of special programs and events that we hope you’ll love!

Play Readings
Revisit seminal works from the Stables’ 50 year canon. This series of rehearsed play readings across 2020 will celebrate important Australian works, many of which made their debut on the Stables stage. Read more in the dropdown below.

Dive into the history of the Stables in this special monthly podcast series. You’ll explore the history of the iconic building, delve into the many exciting and formative works performed on the Stables stage, and hear from some of the country’s most celebrated artists including Tommy Murphy, Anna Volska and Ros Horin.

The Stables at Sydney Film Festival 2020
Griffin will commemorate the 50 Years of the Stables celebration with a special panel about the journey of play to screen at Sydney Film Festival, 3 – 14 June 2020.

Stables Archive
Austage and Griffin are teaming up to build a complete online archival record of every show ever performed at the Stables. This will be your encyclopaedic one-stop-shop for information on playwrights, productions, performers and creatives.

Play Readings

Griffin will be presenting a series of rehearsed readings of plays from the Stables’ 50 year canon on Sundays throughout 2020. These readings will be brought to life by some of Australia’s finest directors, with several original cast members reprising their iconic roles.

After each reading, John McCallum, former Griffin Script Club captain and theatre reviewer for the Australian will lead a Q&A with the creatives involved in each reading.

The readings are free to attend, but registration is essential to secure your spot:

A Hard God by Peter Kenna, Sunday 9 February 2020, 5pm
Mr Bailey’s Minder by Debra Oswald, Sunday 24 May 2020, 5pm
The Falls by Hilary Bell, Sunday 26 July 2020, 5pm
The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table by Wesley Enoch, Sunday 20 September, 5pm
Kafka Dances by Timothy Daly, Sunday 22 November, 5pm


We sat down with some of the cast members of David Williamson’s Family Values to ask them about their memories of the Stables—Andrew McFarlane remembers Mel Gibson climbing through a stage window!

Blog Posts

Welcome to Griffin 2020!


Would you believe you have been coming up the hill to this gorgeous little theatre for 50 YEARS?!?! Yep. 50 years ago, a group of young Australian theatremakers carved out a space for the Australian voice to grow. And 50...

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A Note from Lee, 29 August


The sun was shining, the sausages were sizzling, the gin was icy, the puppies were cute, the neighbours were friendly, the street was full, Don Harwin was gracious, the bunting was flapping in the spring breeze and the plays…the plays…the...

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A Note From Karen, 13 February


You know that feeling that you get… the night before you start school, or a new job, or embark on a big adventure? Well it’s like that in the Griffin office at the moment. We are holding our collective breathes...

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Supported By

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government and by the NSW Government through Create NSW.