Saturday 17 July 2021  |  7PM


* This concert has been rescheduled from its original date of Saturday 5 June.

Musical theatre star Simon Gleeson is best known for his acclaimed interpretation of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, for which he received the 2015 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical. He has played iconic musical theatre roles including The Russian/Anatoly in Chess, Curly in Oklahoma!, and Raoul in the Australian premiere production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Love Never Dies.

Conductor, writer and pianist Paul Kildea is known as an international authority on Benjamin Britten, and recently conducted Neil Armfield's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Adelaide Festival. Paul has been Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival (1992–2002), Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall (2003–05), and is currently the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia.

Simon and Paul share a special rapport born from a mutual love of musical theatre. In this unique and very intimate UKARIA experience, you can enjoy a two-course dinner while Simon and Paul perform music from Simon's debut album, Elements, alongside other songs for which they have a strong connection and history. Mingling composers such as Stephen Sondheim and Rogers and Hammerstein alongside the likes of Elton John and George Harrison, this concert showcases the essence of what makes Simon the acclaimed artist he is: a captivating storyteller with a rich and extraordinary voice.

Simon Gleeson | Voice
Paul Kildea | Piano

Note | This concert will be presented with cabaret-style seating, and includes a two-course dinner.

Photo Credits:

Simon Gleeson: Chris Parker
Paul Kildea: Penny Bradfield


The wellbeing of our audience and artists is our first priority. We've implemented a number of measures to make your experience at UKARIA as safe as possible.

Checking In

Upon arrival, we require all patrons to register their details for contact tracing. Checking in is quick and easy:

  • Download or log in to the free mySA Gov app
  • Scan the QR code (located in the concert hall foyer) with your phone's camera
  • Enter your name and phone number
  • Follow the prompts
  • Done – you're checked in!

If you do not have a smartphone, or experience any issues checking in on your device, don't panic: we will have a sign-up sheet available in the foyer where you can manually write down your details. Please see our front-of-house team in the foyer, who will be able to assist you.


This performance will be presented with cabaret-style seating. Ticket holders will be contacted one month prior to the event regarding their seating preferences and any dietary requirements. If you require mobility-impaired access, please let us know by emailing [email protected]or phoning (08) 8227 1277.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be provided in the foyer and temporary bar (see below for more information).

Entering the Auditorium

The doors of the auditorium will open approximately thirty minutes prior to the start time of the event. Please see our front-of-house team in the foyer, who will check your ticket details and direct you to an usher who will help you find your seats.


Architect Anton Johnson's design for the new alfresco space, visualised by perspective artist Michael Blazewicz

In response to the wonderful growth of our cultural program, our alfresco area will be reconfigured to provide a larger and more comfortable space for patrons to enjoy at all times of the year.

Our architect Anton Johnson has designed the space to maintain the existing atmosphere and connection with the landscape, and truly embrace the garden and surrounding views. The space will be fully enclosed, and will include glass sliding doors that can be opened on warm summer days and closed on cooler winter nights. A retractable glass partition will also give us the possibility to create a separate area for small dining groups, functions and pre-concert talks.

A polished concrete floor with in-slab heating will greatly enhance the experience for dinners and lunches. A beautiful hemlock acoustic ceiling (like the one currently used in the concert hall foyer) will reduce the ambient noise during periods of congestion and provide a seamless transition into the concert hall.

In order to facilitate construction for the upgrade, the alfresco area will be closed to the public from the beginning of April until the end of September. This will have a few implications for your UKARIA experience, and will affect this performance. We greatly appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

Temporary Bar:
Refreshments and Afternoon Tea

During construction of the new alfresco, refreshments and afternoon tea will be served in our temporary bar at the southern side of the venue, adjacent to the Ngeringa Vineyards. Please exit the concert hall and head towards the artists' greenroom. Our front-of-house team will be on hand to ensure you find your way.

Toilet Access

During April–September, access to the toilets will be through the concert hall foyer, adjacent to the main entrance of the auditorium, through what was formerly our staff office. There will be signage to ensure the entrance is clearly visible, and our front-of-house team will be on hand to assist you to find your way.

Disabled Parking

There are limited disabled parking bays along the driveway on the right of the property, however we encourage patrons who have difficulty walking up the garden paths to attend events with a friend who can drop them near the top before returning down to the main car park at the bottom of the garden. The parking bays near our alfresco (usually reserved for mobility-impaired access) will not be available from April–September.

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