Adelaide Festival: Program highlights

People dance ballet
Messa da Requiem. Photo: Carlos Quezada
Adelaide Festival, our city's annual celebration of art and culture, is set to return 3 to 19 March 2023. FIFTY+SA has selected a few program favourites we are looking forward to.

Adelaide Festival is set to return next year over the 3rd to 19th of March 2023. And with a program boasting opera, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, cabaret, literature, visual art and new media, there is an event sure to arouse almost everyone’s curiosity.

We have carefully chosen our program highlights for you to enjoy.

Messa da Requiem

Adelaide Festival Theatre

8 – 11 March 2023

Switzerland’s Ballet Zurich with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Chorus presents Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. With choreography and production by award-winning choreographer and Ballet Zurich Artistic Director, Christian Spuck.

The Adelaide Festival has presented many large-scale theatrical events, but this work is unprecedented in its magnitude. Over 170 Adelaide singers and musicians join 36 dancers from one of Europe’s most revered ballet companies to perform a total work of art that will be talked about for years.


Her Majesty’s Theatre

17 – 19 March 2023

An Australian exclusive premiere from the creators of Betroffenheit, comes an exhilarating new dance theatre work about corruption, deception and the forces of radical change. Revisor again brings together the extraordinary talents of choreographer Crystal Pite and theatre-maker Jonathon Young. Pite is renowned for her exciting, inventive choreography and is one of the most in-demand choreographers in the world; Young is one of Canada’s best-known actors and a highly respected playwright.

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Her Majesty’s Theatre

3 – 12 March 2023

The award-winning creative team behind the smash hit The Picture of Dorian Gray returns with another vivid adaptation of a Gothic classic, transformed for the stage through engrossing live video. Written and directed by Kip Williams, this spellbinding adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s mystery for the ages is an unmissable production on the cutting edge of theatrical and cinematic design.

Two virtuosic actors, Matthew Backer and Ewen Leslie, perform all roles in this gripping chronicle of the doomed and divided Jekyll, the rapacious Hyde and the transfixed Utterson, caught in between. Blurring the lines between good and bad, the self and the other, public and private, and artist and audience, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a dazzling production not to be missed.

Air Play

Adelaide Festival Theatre

15 – 19 March 2023

Umbrellas fly high, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people and swirling snow fills the stage. Air Play expertly balances comedy, sculpture, circus and theatre in a breathtaking homage to the power of air. Two siblings embark on an adventure through a surreal land of air in this magical work created by circus performers Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone in collaboration with kinetic sculptor Daniel Wurtzel.

With clever use of movement and technology, ordinary objects become uncommonly beautiful. This brilliant wordless work speaks to audiences of all ages. Air Play is a visual poem that brings to life the very air we breathe.

A Little Life

Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre

3 – 8 March 2023

An Australian exclusive premiere, based on the novel by Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life. And directed by the unique Ivo van Hove. Working with Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, van Hove is renowned for his epic productions.

A Little Life interrogates the interplay between past and present, friendship and desire, care and harm with poignancy and precision. It’s a timeless story of a man haunted by his history. With compelling storytelling and shattering performances, this production breathes life into one of the most impressive and moving literary works of the past decade.  

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