Music by Franz Schubert, arranged by Heinrich Berté and G.H. Clutsam.
English libretto by Adrian Ross.

Although Franz Schubert died tragically young, he left behind the most spontaneous and irrepressible outpouring of musical invention that the world has ever known including Lilac Time (originally known as Das Dreimäderlhaus).

Lilac Time is set in the Vienna that stimulated Schubert’s brief but rich music life with its story based on his passionate and unrequited love for Lili Veit, the youngest of three charming sisters. For his beloved, Schubert writes a song, the exquisitely lovely “I want to carve your name on every tree.” However, being too shy to sing of his feelings, he persuades his best friend, Franz Schober, to sing and, alas, Lili falls in love with the wrong Franz. For Franz Schubert there can be no other love and the operetta ends with his decision to devote the rest of his life to his music.

Lilac Time will be presented in costume with Shubert’s accompaniment and a Palm Court Trio in the delightful garden of the historical The Knowe, Sassafras.

Director: Robert Ray
Musical Director: Geoffrey Urquhart


Keyboard:  Geoffrey Urquhart
Flute: Peter Sheridan
Violin: Selina Chong

Robert Ray interviewed on 3MBS about Lilac Time.

This production is being kindly supported by Henkell Wines, and promises to be one of the highlights of Melbourne’s musical year.

Bring a picnic. One Welcome Drink included in the ticket price.

Gardens open 1pm – 6pm


In order of appearance:

Ferdinand Binder – a postmaster JOSHUA ERDELYI-GÖTZ
Andreas Braun – a saddler SAM HARGREAVES
Tilli – one of Mr Veit’s three daughters EMILIE WASHINGTON
Willi – one of Mr Veit’s three daughters DANIELLE ZUCCALA
Lili – one of Mr Veit’s three daughters BRIDGETTE KELSEY
Johann Michael Vogl – an opera singer TERENCE MacMANUS
Moritz von Schwind – a painter TORQUIL SYME
Ludwig Kappel – a draughtsman JAMES DOUGLAS
Baron Franz von Schober – a poet MICHAEL ZUCCALA
Christian Veit – Court glass maker IAN LOWE
Fritzi – a servant to Veit LYNETTE MANN
Mme Fiammetta Marini (La Marinella) – Prima Ballerina at the Opera HELENE SHIELDS


Lilac Time Reviews are in:

Stage Whispers review by Patricia Di Risio.

Graham Ford Reviews: Lilac Time

The Local Paper: Lilac Time Review by Peter Murphy



All six Performances are now SOLD OUT

However, you can register to be on our waiting list:

The Knowe
4 Clarkmont Rd, Sassafras 3787

Saturday 17th February 2024, 2pm
Sunday 18th February 2024, 2pm
Saturday 24th February 2024, 2pm
Sunday 25th February 2024, 2pm
Saturday 2nd March 2024, 2pm
Sunday 3rd March 2024, 2pm


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