11 Oct – 30 Oct, Dunstan Playhouse


Presented by State Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre
By Rosemary Myers and Julianne O’Brien, based on the tales by the Brothers Grimm

Our very own ‘Little Bird’ Paul Capsis returns as one of folklore’s great villains in a deliciously wicked spin on a dark and devilish tale from the creators of Pinocchio.

Spinning straw into gold is a party trick that will take you far. It can buy you a big house full of beautiful things, a wardrobe of designer clothes and a life of total luxury. But money, as they say, can’t buy you …

Two people, once best friends, torn apart by desire for the things they cannot have. This is the story of the ultimate price of greed.

The exquisitely mercurial Paul Capsis stars as a shape-shifting imp whose thirst for vengeance may well bring him undone.

He joins the creative team that spun theatrical gold with the Helpmann Award winning Pinocchio, which took the Big Apple by storm after rocking Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Rosemary Myers, Julianne O’Brien, Jethro Woodward and Jonathon Oxlade take on a new and equally fantastic fairytale, with their unique brand of theatrical spectacular, pumping music, extravagant performance and supreme silliness.

Full of twists and turns, it’s a whole new musical spin on a heart of gold for ages 8–108.



Commissioned by State Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre



Tuesday 4 October 6:00pm



Wed 19 October 11am

Wednesday 19 October 6:30pm

Thurs 27 October 6:30pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 5.30pm)

Sat 29 October 2:00pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 1.00pm) 

Please click here for more information on the Access Program. 



Wed 19 October 11:00am



Fri 21 October 8:00pm

Director & Co-Writer
Rosemary Myers

Julianne O'Brien

Composer and Musical Director
Jethro Woodward

Jonathon Oxlade

Lighting Designer
Gavin Norris

Technical Manager
Chris Petridis

Sound System Designer
Andrew Howard

Chris Edser

Carol Wellman Kelly

Cast includes
Michaela Burger, Paul Capsis, Matt Crook, Elena Carapetis, Ezra Juanta, Ashton Malcolm, Alirio Zavarce



"Paul Capsis is magical… He utterly owns the stage, and captivates with every utterance, spoken or sung."
The Advertiser


Day With State Shows
Each show is followed by a Q&A session with the Director and the cast. Teachers who book students into a Day With State show will receive a detailed study guide. These provide in-depth information on themes, style, characters and set and includes assignment questions which are ideal for continued learning back at school.

Day With State shows for Rumpelstiltskin will be on:

18, 20, 25, 26 & 27 October, 10.30am
Dunstan Playhouse

(Suits: ages 8 – 108)

To book please download the Education Program Booking Form here.


Completed forms can be returned to:

State Theatre Company of South Australia 
PO Box 8252, Station Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
or fax 8231 6310
or email Education