Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is out of this world!

Step into the world of 19th-century Russia with Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 now playing at the Eternity Playhouse. This remarkable musical, inspired by a section of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, combines history, romance, and a captivating score. From the moment the lights dim, you’ll embark on an immersive journey that offers a unique blend of storytelling and music. Prepare to be transported to a mesmerizing world that will leave a lasting impression.

Set against the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 revolves around the intertwined lives of Natasha, a young ingénue, and Pierre, a jaded aristocrat. Natasha becomes engaged to Prince Andrey, but while he is away at war, she finds herself captivated by the charismatic Anatole. As their forbidden love affair unfolds, the consequences ripple through the lives of those around them, including Pierre, Dolokhov, and Marya. Amidst the chaos of war, these characters navigate their desires, ambitions, and the complexities of their relationships, culminating in a breathtaking climax that will leave you emotionally moved.

Tyler Hawkins, set design and Veronique Benett, lighting design, have outdone themselves. These integral parts of Great Comet are nothing short of breathtaking. If you want to see a show that uses every last inch of theatre space, this is for you. When you enter the theatre, you are enveloped by a sense of grandeur and intimacy. The lighting design is masterfully executed, creating stunning visual tableaus that enhance the emotional depth of the performances. Whether it’s the soft glow of candlelight or the vibrant hues of a bustling city, the lighting adds an extra layer of magic to an already enchanting production. The only disappointing part of this production is the unbalanced sound. The music drowns out the lyrics and the audience is left wondering what half the show was about.

Darlinghurst Theatre Company are known for assembling ridiculously talented casts, and these actors/dancers/musicians/singers, as they are all quadruple threats, deliver outstanding and unforgettable performances. Pierre, played by Zoy Frangos, captures the essence of a man consumed by existential turmoil. His portrayal is raw, vulnerable, and utterly captivating. With his magnetic stage presence, Bolkonsky/Andrey, performed by P. Tucker Worley, commands attention with every entrance. His commanding voice and charismatic energy bring a dynamic intensity to the production. Marya, played by Jillian O’Dowd, performs with strength and grace while delivering a character who should not be crossed. Her character’s resilience and emotional journey are brought to life with incredible depth and nuance.

The chemistry among the cast members is palpable, creating a synergy that elevates the entire production. The ensemble seamlessly weaves together the multiple storylines, effortlessly transitioning from moments of uproarious comedy to poignant introspection. Each actor brings a unique flavour to their character, infusing them with authenticity and making them instantly relatable.

The innovative storytelling, combined with the stunning set design and lighting, creates an immersive experience unlike any other. The performances are awe-inspiring, leaving a lasting impact. This musical is a triumph of artistry and emotion that should not be missed.


– The other Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig is an international performer and has established himself as a trusted theatre specialist on the Sydney Arts Scene. While he understands the technical side of theatre, Dan writes for the everyday theatregoer (unlike some of those more prominent publications). When not in the audience, he loves to travel the world trying new gin. Follow him on all the socials @talldancraig

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 runs for 2 hours 20 mins (with 20 min interval) and plays at the Eternity Playhouse through 20 August 2023. Tickets are available through Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were guests of Electric Collective.
Image credit: Robert Catto.