Musical Theatre

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A world first reimagined production of the classic Broadway musical.

  • Dates 8 - 24 September

  • Times See below

  • Ticket prices See below

‘Something for everyone, a comedy tonight!’

Watch This, Australia’s first and only Sondheim repertory company, make their Chapel Off Chapel debut with a world first reimagined production of the classic Broadway musical – featuring an all-female-identifying cast.

A fast-paced, witty, irreverent farce, it is considered one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus struggles to win the hand of a beautiful courtesan named Philia for his master, Hero, in exchange for freedom from enslavement.

Renowned for their fresh and innovative interpretation of Sondheim’s works in intimate spaces, Watch This will surprise audiences with their groundbreaking approach to this 1962 Tony Award winner. Directed by Melanie Hillman with music direction by Trevor Jones.

Presented by Watch This

Supported by City of Stonnington


8 - 24 September


Friday 8, 7.30pm (Preview)
Saturday 9, 2pm (Preview) & 7.30pm (Opening Night)
Sunday 10, 2pm
Wednesday 13, 7.30pm (Relaxed Performance) - see below*
Thursday 14 & Friday 15, 7.30pm
Saturday 16, 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 17, 2pm
Monday 18, 7pm (Performance in honour of Angela Lumicisi) - see below+
Thursday 21 & Friday 22, 7.30pm
Saturday 23, 2pm (Auslan Interpreted)
Saturday 23, 7.30pm
Sunday 24, 2pm


$60 A Reserve Standard
$55 A Reserve Concession
$55 B Reserve Standard
$50 B Reserve Concession
$50 Restricted Viewing
$50 Preview performances (8 September & 9 September 2pm show)
$50 Industry Night (Monday 18)
$50 Early Bird (valid until 9am Thursday 11 May)


Two hours & 20-minutes (incl. 20-minute interval)

All Chapel Off Chapel performances have a strict lockout policy.
Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive at least 15-minutes before performance time.

Seating & Accessibility

Seating: Allocated Seating

Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15-minutes prior to the performance start time.

PLEASE NOTE: If you require accessible seating or wheelchair access, call the Box Office on 03 8290 7000, Monday-Friday between 10am and 4pm to book your tickets.


Theatrical haze
Adult themes & theatrical violence
Depiction of enslavement
This performance is suitable for ages 15+

Additional Information

To protect your health and safety and that of our team we have the following measures in place:

Venue will open one hour prior to showtime.
The venue will be CASHLESS.
Mask wearing is strongly encouraged when inside the theatres.

Chapel Off Chapel and the City of Stonnington have comprehensive COVID Safe plans in place.

A relaxed performance is one that has been adapted in particular ways which make it more accessible for a range of audience members including autistic audiences, as well as members with sensory or communication conditions or learning disabilities. Audience members are invited to bring stim and sensory filtering devices into the theatre and the quiet space (The Loft), which will be available on the evening.

To download the Relaxed Performance guide click HERE

On Monday 18 September we will be celebrating the life of Angela Lumicisi, a treasured member of our industry and the Watch This family (Sunday in the Park with George, 2019). We will be raising funds for the Peter Mac Foundation and raising a glass to Ang in the foyer after the show where you can donate in person.
Thank you to the Lumicisi family for joining us for this special night.