The Matchmaker

by Thornton Wilder
Goodwood Theatre 166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood
April 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 7.30, Matinees Sunday 7 at 4.00, Saturday 13 at 2.00, Early Tuesday 9 at 6.30
presented by arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical, as agents for Samuel French Pty Ltd

“I’ve always felt money – pardon my expression – is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread about, encouraging young things to grow.” 

New York widow, Dolly Gallagher Levi is a woman who “arranges things” – like marriages and other domestic transactions. She
is engaged by the rich, pompous merchant of Yonkers, Horace Vandergelder, to save his niece from eloping with “an artist”, and also to nd him a new wife.

However, Dolly has other ideas. She has set her own sights on Horace, and embarks on a complicated scheme to get him to propose. Her machinations include Horace’s two young clerks, whom she encourages to head into New York for a day “on the razzle”, and a pretty, widowed milliner and her assistant.

A er a series of hilariously farcical situations involving exploding tomato cans, cross-dressing, hiding in wardrobes, and secret rendezvous at a New York restaurant, everyone nds themselves paired with their perfect match.

Thornton Wilder’s classic comedy was turned into the hit musical Hello Dolly, but is, itself, far richer and funnier than the musical. 


Bronwyn Ruciak - Dolly Levi


Rob Croser - director

The Matchmaker