The Smash Hit Comedy We Had To Have


by Jonathan Biggins

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Event Venue

Princess Theatre

Event Dates & Times

  • Wed, Mar 31 2021 7:30pm

Running Time

85 minutes (no interval)


Please refrain from attending this event if you are feeling unwell or are carrying respiratory symptoms.

Please bring a facemask to this event. If attendance is 374 or above, wearing a facemask will be required. Patrons will be advised once they arrive at the theatre if a facemask will need to be worn. For more information on facemasks, please see our Covid-Safe Visit

On entry, patrons will be required to check-in via the Check In TAS app. Please download it prior to arrival. If you do not have a device with this capability, please contact our box office to make other arrangements.

Recommended for ages 15+.

Strong language and adult themes.

No filming or photography permitted.



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Jonathan Biggins is Paul Keating in the smash hit comedy about a critical time in Australian history and the man that shaped it.

One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser – in the return of 2019's acclaimed, The Gospel According to Paul. Full of intelligence and wit, The Gospel According to Paul is a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating. The man that - as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia.

Showcasing Keating's eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, The Gospel According to Paul focusses on key biographical milestones, landmark political achievements and personal obsessions. It shows the man who grew up in the tribe of the Labor Party and gained an education at the knee of Jack Lang, who treated economics as an artform, and demanded we confront the wrongs of our colonial past.

Biggins asks the question - what can we learn today from this singular politician, and the momentous time in our country’s history he dominated?

Ticket discounts available to Friends of Theatre North.

Supported by the 2021 Theatre Season sponsor, Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, our pre-show dinner specialists.


Ticket Pricing

  • $59 - Full
  • $52 - Concession
  • $52 - Friend of Theatre North Full
  • $42 - Friend of Theatre North Concession

Please refrain from attending this event if you are feeling unwell or are carrying respiratory symptoms.

On entry, patrons will be required to check-in via the Check In Tas app. Please download it prior to arrival.

Concessions available for Pensioners, Seniors, Health Care Card holders and Full Time Students.

Companion Cards accepted. Please advise at time of booking if you require any specific seating requirements (front row only, wheelchair accessibility) or hearing enhancement facilities.

Reserved seating

No Babes in Arms.

A processing fee of $6 applies to tickets purchased online. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket fee, which will be applied at the end of your purchase.

Creative Team

Creative Team

  • Written & Performed by - Jonathan Biggins
  • Director - Aarne Neeme
  • Designer - Mark Thompson
  • Lighting Designer - Verity Hampson
  • Sound & Video Designer - David Bergman
  • Company Stage Manager - Tanya Leach
  • Touring Production Manager - Amy Robertson
  • Technical Director - Marcus Kelson
  • Photo by - Brett Boardman
★★★★★ A hilariously funny, astute, inspiring show.
★★★★½ Biggins’ finest work.
Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★½ A rare treat.
Writer's Note


In all my years writing and performing for the Wharf Revue, one character has remained a constant favourite of the audience: Paul Keating. Love him or hate him, he is universally recognised as a leader who not only had a vision for Australia but could articulate it, fight for it and, most importantly, deliver it. The Bankstown boy with no formal education who quickly realised that to get things done in political life, it’s better to be needed than loved. A razor-sharp wit who could destroy opponents with words alone, a romantic and a melancholic who bestrode the public stage yet remained intensely private. I can’t think of more entertaining or significant figure in recent Australian history with whom to spend an evening. All iceberg, no tip.

- Jonathan Biggins