Queen Bette

Melbourne premiere of the acclaimed one-woman show based on the life of Hollywood's greatest icon

"The Queen has no hour for love."

Bette Davis was one of the most iconic and gifted film actors of the 20th Century. 

This highly acclaimed one‐woman show retraces the remarkable steps of a truly fearless movie legend, from fledgling stage actress to an unrivalled glittering movie career that also saw her battling the Studios in an unprecedented attempt to gain independence as an artist. Davis fought hard all her life, had four husbands, two Oscars and a reputation as the biggest 
bitch in Hollywood.

Queen Bette tells the whole story. 

Performed by Jeanette Cronin. Directed by Peter Mountford.
"Vibrant, funny, Cronin’s work is more exciting and engaging than anyone can hope for in a role this iconic. Cronin’s ability to have us fall in love simultaneously with both actor and character, is sublime. We feel as though suspended in time, watching her genius in action, with all its technical proficiencies, emotional astuteness and physical splendour. Her mastery turns the audience into putty in her hands, captivated and gleeful at every twist and turn."
— Suzy Goes See
"Cronin is in complete control of the material, the space and the audience. It’s a masterclass. A ‘Wow’ moment on Sydney’s stage"
— Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald & Audrey Journal 
"A tour-de-force of intelligence and energy supported by an uncanny resemblance to the actual woman that can startle one into a kind of awe - "You" it says, are in the presence of Miss Bette Davis."
— Kevin Jackson's Theatre Diary
"Tantalising.. Fascinating"
— Sydney Arts Guide 
"The real royal deal."
— Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise.
"An astonishing performance"
— Lisa Thatcher
"A flawless piece of theatre"
— Dinner & A Show 

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by Richard Hedger

Event & ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Assistive Listening

Dates & Times

When 21-1 Feb | Tue-Sat 7pm | Sat 2pm
Duration 1hr 15m


Full $35.00
Concession $25.00


Gasworks Arts Park - Studio Theatre

21 Graham St, Albert Park

Get directions


1 to stop 31


236 to Graham/Pickles St | bus 606 to Bridport/Richardson St

Event notes


Melbourne Premiere


Smoking on stage, Latecomer lockout

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