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  • State Theatre Centre of WA 176 - 182 William St Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)

This was the darkly comic premise on which Ben Elton based his first play, the hilarious and critically acclaimed satirical comedy Gasping. The play was first produced in 1990 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End. It starred Hugh Laurie and ran for a triumphant year and a half. Now Ben Elton has revisited his original play and re-imagined it for a new century and a new country. This major rewrite relocates the story to an Australia grown giddy on the resources boom. It’s now called Gasp!. And it’s as relevant and as hilarious as ever.

Ben Elton has written twelve bestselling books including Popcorn and Inconceivable, some of TV’s most popular comedy series (Blackadder, The Young Ones) as well as West End plays and the hit musical We Will Rock You.

Gasp! is directed by Wesley Enoch, and stars Damon Lockwood and Steven Rooke. 

“[Elton’s] ... career spans a remarkable and successful body of work across a range of genres.” - The Age

*Warning: Gasp! contains course language. 



  • WHEN: October 25 - November 9, 2014 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • WHERE: State Theatre Centre of WA, 176-182 William Street, Perth, WA. 
  • COST: $31.50 - $79.90
  • BOOKINGS: Book online here. 



For more information you can contact the Black Swan State Theatre Company on (08) 6212 9300, email or check out the website or Facebook Page