The Young Tycoons | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Spooky Duck Productions present
  • $30 - $43

The Young Tycoons

By CJ Johnson

“The first generation makes it, the second generation builds it, the third f**ks it up.”

When Australia’s two largest media barons hand over power to their feckless sons, fortunes are risked, secrets exposed and lives are ruined.



Photos: Frank Farrugia (1) and Noni Carroll (2-6)


A smash hit for Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2005 and 2006, this wickedly subversive comedy takes a scathing and satirical look at the ruthless world of Australia’s empire builders. This new version, created especially for the Eternity Playhouse stage, promises to be every bit as scandalous and uproariously funny.

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The Young Tycoons

By CJ Johnson


Director Michael Pigott
Production Designer Katja Handt
Lighting Designer Stephen Hawker
Costume Designer Claire Westwood
Original Music by Murray Jackson
Sound Designer Dave Stalley



Briallen Clarke
Laurence Coy
Andrew Cutcliffe
Paige Gardiner
Edmund Lembke-Hogan
James Lugton
Gabrielle Scawthorn
Terry Serio
John Turnbull

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The Young Tycoons

By CJ Johnson


"Gleefully corrosive... plenty of laughs... scandalously entertaining" ★★★1/2 out of 4 stars Sunday Telegraph

"This is the second revival of The Young Tycoons and it is the best to date...If the "Packer-up-the-clacker" furore has delighted you, so will this" Sydney Morning Herald

"razor sharp wit...Be prepared to laugh hard" City News

"sharp, scathing and always a lot of fun" Stage Noise

"witty and engaging" Theatre Red

"Whip smart, scalpel sharp scripts are what we need in the theatre and Mr. Johnson has provided a playwriting providence over a number of notable productions" Sydney Arts Guide 



“A scathing shot of venomous wit!”  The Brag

“Torn from today’s headlines... wryly captures the way in which family affairs can cloud business judgement.” Sun-Herald

“An entertaining and often savage exploration of generational change in business… bitingly excellent gags... excellent design and a strong sense of dark satire.”  Sydney Morning Herald

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The Young Tycoons

By CJ Johnson

Performance Dates

  • Previews: 16 - 18 May
  • Season: 21 May - 15 June

Performance Times

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Sat Matinees: 7 & 14 June, 3pm

Post Show Q&A

Thu 12 June

Join playwright CJ Johnson, director Michael Pigott and cast members Andrew Cutcliffe and Edmund Lembke Hogan for a chat about the making of The Young Tycoons.

Performance Details

  • Duration: 2 hrs (including interval)
  • This show contains frequent course language, adult themes, smoking on stage and strobe lighting. 


  • Adult $43
  • Concession $38
  • Groups (8+) $38
  • Industry* $35
  • Under 30* $30 
  • Previews (16-18 May) $30 

*Available for performances on Tue, Wed & Thu only

A $2 booking fee applies per ticket for online and phone bookings


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