Production photography: Cathy Ronalds

Family, country and culture collide in the award-winning comedy/drama HOTEL SORRENTO by one of Australia’s most significant playwrights, Hannie Rayson. 

Playing at Riverside Theatres from 31st July to 4th August, this poignant dramedy, which inspired the AFI Award-winning Australian film of the same name, boasts a stellar cast including Ruth Caro (Home & Away), Dennis Coard (Home and Away, (Miss Fisher’s Murders)Kim Denman (All My Love) and Joanne Booth (House Husbands). They are led by critically-acclaimed director, Denny Lawrence (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine) and an exceptional creative team.

Hilary lives with her father and teenage son in the family home in Sorrento. Reunited with Pippa, visiting from New York, and Meg, returning from England with her English husband, the three sisters must navigate the constraints of family life after ten years of living in different worlds. 

When a semi-autobiographical book by middle sister Meg is published, it triggers old familial tensions, overshadowing their homecoming. Privacy, loyalty and contested versions of their shared history expose the complexities of personal identity, entitlement and betrayal. 

HOTEL SORRENTO was first performed in 1990 by the Playbox Theatre Company at the Malthouse Theatre winning an AWGIE, NSW Premier’s Literary Award and a Green Room Award. Since then the play has had over 50 productions throughout Australia and overseas and won critical acclaim on its London debut.

HOTEL SORRENTO plays at Riverside Theatres [Facebook31st July to Sat 4th August.

With thanks to Riverside Theatres, Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away.  These are for the Thursday 2nd August perfomance at either 1pm or 7.30pm..

To be in the running to win a double pass to HOTEL SORRENTO, email ( 
with SORRENTO as the subject, along with your full name AND the performance you would like to attend.
Competition closes midnight Saturday 28th July, 2018 when the winners will be drawn. Only winners will be notified and the winner's name will be at the box office on the day of performance.