Venus in Fur | Darlinghurst Theatre Company
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Venus in Fur

By David Ives

Thomas is a director struggling to cast the female lead in his new play based on the classic sadomasochistic novel Venus in Furs. Into Thomas’ audition room blows a street smart, straight talking actor who displays an uncanny command of the material. As the audition progresses, the line between play and reality blurs.

Photos by Helen White

Having seduced audiences on Broadway, David Ives’ hilarious, sexy and provocative smash hit Venus in Fur makes its Sydney debut.

"Seriously smart and very funny...
A suspense-packed study of the erotics
of power" New York Times

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Venus in Fur

By David Ives


Anna Houston
Gareth Reeves

Creative Team

Director Grace Barnes
Production Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Composer & Sound Designer Jessica James-Moody
Dialect Coach Paige Walker
Set Constructors Simon Boyd & Iain Cooper


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Venus in Fur

By David Ives


"It’s a rare thing to find a play that’s as broadly entertaining and sexy as this one" Daily Review

"Spankingly good" ★★★★ 
The Sunday Telegraph

"Polished, professional and beautifully cast" ★★★★1/2 ArtsHub

"Breathtaking to watch" Aussie Theatre

"Absolute artistry on stage...One of the best pieces of theatre for 2015" Australian Arts Review

"Some of the wittiest and most outrageously entertaining theatre one can ever wish to experience" ★★★★★ Auditorium Magazine

"A terrific production that moves at a cracking pace set by director Grace Barnes, with top-notch performances from Houston and Reeves, who creates something rewardingly complex" Time Out 

"Don’t miss this play" Stage Whispers

"Easily one of the most exciting shows this year so far" Sydney Arts Guide

"Direction by Grace Barnes is completely masterful" Suzy Goes See

"[Anna] Houston’s energy is immense and her agile, wily performance is very funny, with just the right dose of menace" Australian Stage

"Direction by Grace Barnes is smart, and the design team knock it outta the ballpark. It is very likely you will be seduced by this terrific production" SX

Read what audiences are saying on Twitter


Venus in Fur a thrilling and hilarious look at ecstasy and agony of theatrical life Daily Telegraph

Anna Houston discovers leather love at Venus in Fur Sydney Morning Herald

A conversation with Gareth Reeves Theatre People

Five minutes with Anna Houston The Brag

On the Couch with Gareth Reeves Arts Review

5 Questions with Gareth Reeves Suzy Goes See


Reviews from other produtions of Venus in Fur

“Seriously smart and very funny...
A suspense-packed study of the erotics of power" New York Times (2011)

“Ives is one of the cleverest playwrights around” Washington Post (2011)

"Ives delivers dialogue of the first order - witty, sexy, and nuanced - and he turns the screws on both characters with exquisite malice" The West Australian (2015)


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Venus in Fur

By David Ives

Performance Dates

  • Previews: 29 - 31 May
  • Season: 3 June - 5 July

Performance Times

  • Tue - Sat: 8pm
  • Sun: 5pm
  • Wed Matinee: 1 July, 11am
  • Sat Matinees: 13, 20, 27 June & 4 July, 3pm

Q&A with the artists 

Join Director Grace Barnes and cast members Anna Houston and Gareth Reeves for a post-show chat after the performances on Wednesday 10 and 24 June. (Free with your ticket for that evening's performance)

Performance Details



  • Standard $45
  • Concession $38
  • Groups (8+) $38
  • Industry* $35
  • Under 30* $30
  • Preview $30

*Available for 11am performances on Wed and 8pm performances on Tue, Wed & Thu only

A $2 booking fee applies per ticket for online and phone bookings. Subscriptions do not incur a booking fee.


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