Marlene Dietrich: Perfect Illusion

Mon 17 to Sat 22 Feb & Mon 2 to Thu 5 Mar

Marlene Dietrich: Perfect Illusion

A fascinating story simply told…

Most of us know something about her. The glamour, the gaze, the voice. The many lovers. The ambiguous sexuality. All true. But the celluloid goddess oozing sensuality was an illusion created by Josef von Sternberg and painfully maintained by Dietrich to the end of her life. Her personal background, too, was altered and left to speculation, not least by Dietrich herself: “I like the legend.”

Here the authentic Dietrich, aged 74, prepares for her last concert. Juxtaposed with her celluloid image, she reveals herself in her own words and in snippets from her famous songs, taking us on a self-deprecating journey through her life. What emerges is a woman of substance who, despite her prickly persona, is vulnerable, affectionate, and above all likeable.

Written and performed by Uschi Felix
Directed by Sara Grenfell
Graphics by Joshua Burns

“The legend of Marlene Dietrich was the substance of dreams.” Noel Coward

Supported by the Goethe-Institut


Monday 17 February 2020 7:00pm
Wednesday 19 February 2020 7:00pm
Thursday 20 February 2020 7:00pm
Friday 21 February 2020 7:00pm
Saturday 22 February 2020 7:00pm
Monday 02 March 2020 8:30pm
Tuesday 03 March 2020 8:30pm
Wednesday 04 March 2020 8:30pm
Thursday 05 March 2020 8:30pm


Full $35
Concession $31
Group (6+) $28
Member $28


Under 18s

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