Main House

BARRY HUMPHRIES: The Man Behind the Mask

  • 17 - 18 April
BARRY HUMPHRIES: The Man Behind the Mask

Event Information


Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Sun 17 — Mon 18 Apr

National treasure Barry Humphries will take you on a revelatory trip through his colourful life and theatrical career with his new show The Man Behind the Mask.

An intimate, confessional evening – seasoned with highly personal, sometimes startling, and occasionally outrageous stories.

The UK welcomed Dame Edna with open arms, immediately becoming a household favorite and filling our living rooms with many years of laughter. His other alter egos included Sir Les Patterson and Sandy Stone.  

Barry peels off his mask to introduce the man behind the clown. 

This is a show in which I am the principal character; it’s not Les, it’s not Edna, it’s not Sandy Stone. It is really about this character called ‘me’. I’m not in disguise,” Humphries says. 

Audiences can expect a virtuoso, comic, solo performance filled with laughter, drama and surprise. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and the magic of technology may even allow appearances – or interruptions – by unexpected guests. 

“I’m already prepared to wager on what might be the funniest show of next year” Metro, December 2021

“Up-close-and-personal encounter with a comic genius” The Age – Melbourne

“Hearing about Dame Edna, Sir Les, et al in the first person comes as a surprise, but an entirely welcome one. Performing as himself, we suddenly realise where Edna got that incisive wit, where Les got his deplorable manners, and where Sandy got his melancholy” Adelaide Advertiser

Easter Sunday 17 & Easter Monday 18 April

Evenings 7.30pm

Tickets £49.50 / £45 / £30

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Box Office phonelines are currently open from 10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

Tickets for Main House productions may include a £2.50 building levy.

Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies to all bookings.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

Full booking terms & conditions can be found here