Fiddler on the Roof (A Fidler afn Dakh)

Stein, Bock, Harnick & Friedman

Fiddler on the Roof (A Fidler afn Dakh)

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseSeptember 3 – October 31, 2020
Comedy TheatreNovember 15 2020 – January 27 2021

The language of love. The sound of tradition.

Discover Fiddler on the Roof in a new way – performed in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family!

“★★★★ The most authentic Fiddler – wonderfully, vibrantly alive.” — Time Out New York

Following sold-out seasons in New York, Australian audiences now have the chance to experience a unique, authentic language version of this much-loved musical theatre classic.

With direction by Oscar and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, this uplifting production “strikes a deep emotional chord” and “offers a kind of authenticity no other Fiddler ever has” (The New York Times)

Fiddler on the Roof is the beloved story of milkman Tevye and his five daughters who are growing up and falling in love in a time of extraordinary change. This iconic musical has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world for over 55 years with its humour, warmth and honesty. This is a celebration of life, love, family and ultimately a story of hope.

“Transcending language to make you laugh, cry, and cheer. This Fiddler speaks to us all.” — Newsday 

Originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with book by Joseph Stein and based on Sholem Aleichem’s classic Yiddish stories, Fiddler on the Roof’s celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick features songs including Tradition, Matchmaker, Sunrise Sunset and If I Were A Rich Man.

Harold Prince, the legendary and original producer of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway (1965 Winner of 9 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical) said, “If you have seen Fiddler before, you must see this production because it will make you feel you are seeing Fiddler for the first time.”

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Book by

Joseph Stein

Music by

Jerry Bock

Lyrics by

Sheldon Harnick

Yiddish Translation by

Shraga Friedman



Joel Grey

Musical Staging & New Choreography

Staś Kmieć

Musical Supervisor

Zalmen Mlotek

Set Designer

Beowulf Boritt

Costume Designer

Ann Hould-Ward

Wig & Hair Designer

Tom Watson

Lighting Designer

Peter Kaczorowski

Sound Designer

Dan Moses Schreier

Cast to be announced.

Please note: this production contains themes of discrimination against Jewish people.

Running time: approximately 3 hours, including one interval.

Performed in Yiddish with English surtitles.

Opera Australia and John Frost in association with Hal Luftig and Jana Robbins present the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's production of A Fidler afn Dakh (Fiddler on the Roof).
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl.
Originally produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince.
Original New York Stage Production directed & choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

The StoryHide

A poor Jewish man, Tevye, lives with his wife and five daughters in a Russian village. Despite their poverty, they are happy.

In their family and community, their traditions and faith mean everything.

But three of his daughters are about to defy tradition. Each fall in love, without the sanction of the village matchmaker, and ask permission to marry for love.

Tevye must confront the ways the world is changing, against a backdrop of increasing persecution for the Jews of the village.

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