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 10 – October 31, 2020
Comedy TheatreNovember 15 – December 20, 2020

The language of love. The sound of tradition.

Experience Fiddler on the Roof (A Fidler afn Dakh) in a new way — performed in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family!

Following sold-out seasons in New York, and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical Revival, we’re delighted to present Australian audiences with this unique, authentic language version of a much-loved musical theatre classic.

With direction by Oscar and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, A Fidler afn Dakh “strikes a deep emotional chord” and “offers a kind of authenticity no other American Fiddler ever has” (New York Times).

Fiddler on the Roof has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world for over 55 years with its humour, warmth and honesty. It follows the heart-warming journey of a family whose traditions are turned upside down as the modern world starts to affect life in their idyllic village. This classic tale is a celebration of life, love, family, and ultimately a story of hope.

One of the most renowned musicals of all time, the original Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. With a 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 ‘Traditsye’ (‘Tradition’), ‘Mattshmaker’ (‘Matchmaker’) and ‘Ven Ikh Bin A Rotshild’ (‘If I Were A Rich Man’).

Don’t miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle like you’ve never heard it before.

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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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