Black is the New White

28 Feb — 10 Mar 2018

Roslyn Packer Theatre

Sydney Theatre Company presents
By Nakkiah Lui

Return season

Love, politics and other things you shouldn’t talk about at dinner

The sold-out, smash hit, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy of Sydney Theatre Company's 2017 season returns bigger, better and blacker than ever!

All the characters you fell in love with are back. At the centre is Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love.

The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences. 

Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of brilliant, eccentric, loveable characters, this is a great night in the theatre and a thoroughly beguiling, very Australian story from award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui.

Don’t miss this short return season before it heads out on tour!

“Generously funny... a bustling, astute and questioning social comedy on identity politics.”
★★★★ The Sydney Morning Herald

Duration 2hrs 30mins (including interval)
Content Adult themes, strong language, nudity, drug use

Originally commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company with the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.
Original production supported by the STC Donor Syndicate and Presenting Partner Allens.

Ticket information


Single ticket prices
Saturday evening $108
Adult $103
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $81
Preview $81
Group bookings (10+ people) $87

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. 

Transaction fees may apply
$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter