Full of twists and turns, it’s a whole new spin on a heart of gold.

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Spinning straw into gold is a party trick that will take you far. It can buy you a big house full of beautiful things, a wardrobe of designer clothes and a life of total luxury, but money, as they say, can’t buy you…

Two people, once best friends, torn apart by desire for the things they cannot have. This is the story of the ultimate price of greed.

The exquisitely mercurial Paul Capsis stars as a shape-shifting imp whose thirst for vengeance may well bring him undone.

He joins the team that brought you award winning Pinocchio, as they take on a new and equally fantastic fairytale, with their unique brand of theatrical spectacular, rocking music and supreme silliness.

Full of twists and turns, it’s a whole new spin on a heart of gold.

  • For ages 8 - 108
  • Musical Theatre
  • 120 minutes
  • Strobe effects


  • 2017 Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards: Winner: Best Show - Musical/Opera
  • 2017 Ruby Award: Finalist: Best Work
  • 2017 Ruby Award: Finalist: People's Choice

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13 December - 6 January Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre / London, United Kingdom

Highlights from the show

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Rosemary Myers

    Director, Co-Writer

    Under Rose’s leadership as Artistic Director, Windmill creates and presents work inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of relevance in this modern time.

    Rose is a multi-Helpmann Award nominated director, her productions regularly visit leading stages and festivals around Australia and the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong’s Arts and Leisure Centre and New York’s New Victory Theatre. Her directing credits for Windmill include Rumpelstiltskin, Pinocchio, The Wizard of Oz, Fugitive, School Dance, Big Bad Wolf and Girl Asleep. Prior to Windmill, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival in 2010. In 2015, she directed her first feature film Girl Asleep with Windmill Theatre Co, and in 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Theatre Award.

  • Julianne O'Brien


    Julianne is a playwright with numerous stage and screen credits including Blue Heelers (Southern Star) and Backberner (ABC-TV Sydney). She consults as a dramaturg for theatre companies throughout Australia and lectures in story design at Victoria University.

    Julianne also teaches comedy writing for Swinburne University and writes features for The Age. Julianne was dramaturg on the Arena Theatre multimedia trilogy Autopsy, Mass and Panacea, which won the 1999 ASSITEJ President’s Award for Best in the World, presented in Norway. Both Autopsy and her highly acclaimed first play, The Women There, have toured Canada as invitees of major theatre festivals. Julianne wrote Arena Theatre’s Eat Your Young that toured to Taiwan and Australian capital cities. For Windmill Theatre Co, she has written Pinocchio and Rumpelstiltskin.

  • Paul Capsis


    Spanning an extensive career, Paul is best known as a theatre, concert and cabaret performer. His theatre highlights include Angela’s Kitchen, Little Bird, The Threepenny Opera, Boulevard Delirium, Three Furies, The Rocky Horror Show and All About My Mother.

    He has worked on these productions with various state and independent theatre companies throughout Australia. Paul has also worked extensively internationally including in New York, London, Vienna, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He appeared in a leading role in the Australian feature film The Boy Castaways, as well as the telemovie Carlotta (2013). He has won five Helpmann Awards, a Green Room Award, a Film Critics Circle Award and the 2010 Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award.

  • Michaela Burger


    Michaela first studied at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music before moving to the UK and going on to obtain a Masters in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts in London, performing in many well-known venues around the world.

    These include Too2Much in Soho and Cabaret Confidential in Covent Garden. In addition to recently winning the International Cabaret Contest Michaela is the co-writer and star of the successful stage show Exposing Edith about the life and songs of Edith Piaf. The show has appeared to sell out audiences in Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Auckland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Noosa Long Weekend and Tasmanian Festival of Voices. She has performed with one of Broadway’s most sophisticated songwriters, Jason Robert Brown as well as Australia’s own Tyran Park.

  • Mitchell Butel


    Mitchell’s musical theatre credits include the role of Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Gordon Frost) opposite Geoffrey Rush, Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q (Arts Asia Pacific) and Luther Billis in Bartlett Sher’s South Pacific.
    He has also performed as Orpheus in the Underworld, The Mikado (Opera Australia), Dusty (Dusty Productions), The Producers, Kismet, Sugar, Little Me, Oklahoma, Hair (The Production Company), Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl and Woyzeck (Malthouse). Other credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Face to Face, Summer Rain, Mourning Becomes Electra, Tartuffe, Two Weeks with the Queen, Six Degrees of Separation (Sydney Theatre Company), The Government Inspector (Malthouse) and Killing Time (Adelaide Cabaret Festival).

  • Elena Carapetis


    Elena studied drama at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Since graduating, Elena’s credits include 4:48 Psychosis, This Uncharted Hour (Brink Productions), Translations (Malthouse Theatre) and Assassins (Flying Penguin and AFTC).
    She has also performed in Features of Blown Youth, Uncle Vanya, Central Park West (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Mike Leigh’s Greek Tragedy (Company B Belvoir), urFaust (Sydney Theatre Company) and other work for Sidetrack Performance Group, Parallelo and the NIDA Professional Company. She has had lead guest roles in TV series Blue Heelers, Water Rats, All Saints, Murder Call, Children’s Hospital and Snobs, as well as regular roles in the ABC series Heartbreak High and the award-winning Marking Time written by John Doyle.

  • Sheridan Harbridge


    Sheridan studied at NIDA, graduating in 2006. She is an actor, playwright, singer and comedienne. Her musical Songs for the Fallen won Best Musical and Outstanding actress at the New York Music Theatre Festival in 2015, and toured across Australia. Venues include Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, and Brisbane Festival. Her cabaret Mrs.Bang: A Series of Seductions in 55 Minutes appeared in Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the 32nd Stage Song Review in Poland, and the Opera House, receiving a Green Room Award nomination, Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe in 2010. This year she is a Griffin Theatre Studio Resident.

  • Ezra Juanta


    Ezra graduated from Adelaide College of Arts in 2006. Since graduating, Ezra has featured in numerous screen and stage productions, the most notable being his portrayal of The Lion in Windmill Theatre Co’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

    In 2016 Ezra returned to the musical stage with his loveable performance of the ‘Surprise Character’ in State Theatre Company SA and Windmill Theatre Co’s co-produced musical Rumpelstiltskin.

    His other stage credits include Russian Eggflip, The Life of Galileo, Touch Me I’m Sick, King Lear, Under Milkwood, Littlewing and Twinkle Toes, Vin, The Tale of Shaggles and Petrookio, Me N’ Me Mates, Mr Burns, Beep, Grug and the Rainbow, and That Eye The Sky. His film and TV credits include Engine Room, Voodoo and Lue, The Hunter, The Plowman Quandary (God Vs Satan), McLeod’s Daughters, Sam Fox Extreme Adventures, Friendship Love and Loyalty, and Bad Blood.

  • Alirio Zavarce


    Alirio is a multi-award-winning director and theatre maker who has created numerous projects with a variety of companies all across Australia. He is a founding member of The Border Project and has also co-created and performed in all of their productions. Alirio directed, wrote and performed in Trapped (Winner 2011 Graham Smith Peace Trust Award) and Sons & Mothers (Winner 2012 Best Theatre Production, Adelaide Festival Centre Award and Adelaide Critics Circle Best in Fringe Award). In 2013, Alirio wrote and performed in The Book of Loco (Winner 2013 Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Production, Adelaide Festival Centre Award). He wrote and directed The Migration Project for the Come Out Festival in 2013.

  • Jonathon Oxlade


    Jonathon studied Illustration and Sculpture at The Queensland College of Art and has designed sets and costumes in Australia for Windmill Theatre Co, Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, Is This Yours?, Aphids, Circa, Arena Theatre Company and many more. Jonathon has also designed for venues and festivals including the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, Asia TOPA, Adelaide Festival and Fringe, The Malthouse, Performance Space and the Queensland Art Gallery. He illustrated the picture book The Empty City for Hachette Livre/Lothian and the Edie Amelia series by Sophie Lee. Jonathon is currently the Resident Designer at Windmill Theatre Co and won his first AACTA Award for Costume Design in 2016 for his work on Windmill’s debut film, Girl Asleep. Jonathon is also a recipient of the 2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

  • Jethro Woodward

    Composer, Musical Director

    Jethro is a composer, musician and sound designer known for his expansive and highly layered film, theatre and dance scores. He is a multi Green Room Award winner and nominee, working with some of Australia’s leading major and independent companies. These include Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir, Arena, Windmill Theatre Co, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Dance Theatre and more. Jethro won Green Room Awards for Moth (Malthouse/Arena), Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd (Malthouse/Arena) and The Bloody Chamber (Malthouse). He was the Musical Director and Sound Designer for six-time Helpmann nominated musical Wizard of Oz and multi-award winning Pinocchio.

  • Gavin Norris

    Lighting Designer

    Gavin’s theatrical and TV lighting designs include: Hot Shoe Shuffle (UK tours), Tap Dogs (London West End & Worldwide tours), Kat and the Kings (UK and Europe), Mum’s the Word (London West End), Gumboots (London West End & Worldwide tours).
    Gavin has also done the lighting design for The Importance of Being Earnest (Australian Tour), Mendelssohn’s Dream (ASO – STCSA), Oliver, Follies, Brigadoon, Hedda Gabler, Half a Sixpence, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sweeny Todd, Girls On Tap, Circus days, Circus Nights (Channel 4 TV) Back to Reality (Channel 4TV UK- Associate), The Games (Chan 4TV UK – Associate). His music and event design highlights include: The Darkness (UK arena tours), Diana Ross (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Human Nature Arena Tour (Australian Tour), Le Grand CirqueAerial Dreams (Sydney Opera House – Production Designer), Junglehammer Featuring IoTA, Australia Day Celebrations 2007-2009, (Sydney, Darling Harbour), The Illusionists (Sydney Opera House). Gavin has worked extensively in the industry for the past 24 years as a Lighting Designer, Lighting Programmer and Production Manager.

  • Chris Petridis

    Technical Manager

    Chris completed his Technical Production course at the Adelaide Centre of the Arts. Since graduating, he has been working extensively and continuing to develop his experience across theatre, dance, and other live events both in Australia and overseas.

    Chris has worked on State Theatre Company South Australia’s The Kreutzer Sonata, Maggie Stone and Little Bird, Slingsby Theatre Company’s The Mouse, The Bird and the Sausage, Torque Show’s MALMO, The Border Project’s Half Real, Ludwig’s Fleck and Flecker and’s Muff. Chris also worked on If There was a Colour Darker than Black, I’d Wear It, a multimedia performance project for Country Arts SA. He has worked in association with Geoff Cobham on a number of projects including creating the visual aesthetic for Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm using lights and video. Chris has been the lighting designer for Windmill Theatre Co’s Big Bad Wolf and The Story Thieves.

  • Andrew Howard

    Sound System Designer

    Andrew is a founding member of the The Border Project and a sound engineer at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Credits include Despoiled Shore Medeamaterial Landscape with Argonauts (The Border Project) and Disappearance (The Border Project).Andrew has also worked on the productions of The War (The Border Project), The Rope Project (Brink Productions), Please Go Hop (The Border Project), One Long Night In The Land Of Nod (Floogle Productions), Highway Rock ‘n’ Roll Disaster (The Border Project), The Birthday Party (Flying Penguin Productions), The Homecoming (Floogle Productions), Trouble On Planet Earth (The Border Project). Andrew was sound designer for Helly’s Magic Cup (Windmill Theatre Co) and Highway Rock ‘n’ Roll Disaster (Sydney Theatre Company).

  • Chris Edser


    Chris currently lives and draws in Melbourne, Australia. He has created illustration and animated pieces for diverse clients ranging from Nike Jordan and The Chicago Bulls in the sports world to fashion projects for Valentino and L’Officiel Hommes magazine. He has designed t-shirts for Screamdance, animates characters, carves creatures out of wood and was also once a member of the video department at Fabrica Creative Research Centre in Italy. Chris has completed a Bachelor of Visual Communications (Illustration) at UniSA where he has taught an animation course and occasional illustration classes.

  • Carol Wellman Kelly


    Carol was made in Australia and studied dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has extensive experience in performing, teaching and choreographing both nationally and internationally. From 1992 – 1999, she worked as a freelancer in London. She was the assistant director for Garry Stewart and ADT (2000-2008), rehearsal director for Tasdance, Artistic advisor and Project manager Restless dance Theatre, Movement lecturer Flinders University Drama department, member Board of Directors, Australia Council, Ausdance and SA and Audio Describer for theatre and dance. Carol’s work with Windmill Theatre Co includes The Wizard of Oz, Girl Who Cried Wolf, Pinocchio, Big Bad Wolf  and Rumpelstiltskin.

  • Paul White


    Paul White is one of Adelaide’s most sought after musicians, producers, composers, and educators. He has worked with an extensive list of the who’s who of Australian music including Brian Cadd, Stevie Wright, Troy Cassar Daly, The Party boys and many more. He has also been in his own projects like Goose, Lucifer’s Lounge and the Hammond Eggs. Paul has composed music for short films, commercials, and video games and also produces, engineers and co-writes music with other artists. Paul has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with his music and works regularly in Adelaide not only as a gigging musician but also as a session keyboard player for many recording artists.

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Creating Rumpelstiltskin


"Rumpelstiltskin just had an extreme makeover... sensational"

The Australian

"One of the most groundbreaking shows… in 2016"

The Guardian

"This tale is one packed with mesmerising characters and a universal, resonant message of love trumping hate"

Glam Adelaide

"An absolute must-see"

Stage Whispers

"Windmill Theatre Co and State Theatre SA's Rumpelstiltskin is perfect"

Stage Whispers

"This stunning and highly original family production is set to take on the world stage"

Glam Adelaide

"Visually spectacular"


"Totally mad and utterly unique"

Glam Adelaide

"Audiences are drawn into a visually stunning world of magic and mayhem, with the superb Paul Capsis at its centre, in this new spin on a dark fairytale"


"The jokes keep coming, the kids keep laughing and Windmill has another hit"

The Advertiser


  • Director, Co-Writer Rosemary Myers
  • Co-Writer Julianne O'Brien
  • Performer Paul Capsis
  • Performer Michaela Burger
  • Performer Mitchell Butel
  • Performer Elena Carapetis
  • Performer Sheridan Harbridge
  • Performer Ezra Juanta
  • Performer Alirio Zavarce
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Composer, Musical Director Jethro Woodward
  • Lighting Designer Gavin Norris
  • Technical Manager Chris Petridis
  • Sound System Designer Andrew Howard
  • Animator Chris Edser
  • Movement Carol Wellman Kelly
  • Musician Paul White


Rumpelstiltskin is a Windmill Theatre Company and State Theatre Company South Australia production. The 2018-19 international tour of Rumpelstiltskin is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia, Catalyst – Australia Arts and Culture Fund, and Roger and Helen Salkeld. The cinema screenings program of Rumpelstiltskin is presented by Australian National Theatre Live.



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