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September 26, 2023
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The Dictionary of Lost Words

Until 14 October 2023

  • This article was produced in collaboration with State Theatre Company South Australia

In 1901, the word bondmaid was discovered to be missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. The Dictionary of Lost Words is the story of the girl who stole it.


The Dictionary of Lost Words
Dunstan Playhouse
Adelaide Festival Centre
Until 14 October 2023


South Australian novelist Pip Williams’ internationally best-selling book, comes to vivid life in this world premiere stage adaptation by local playwright, Verity Laughton, directed by Jessica Arthur.

A best-selling multi-award winner and chosen for the Reese Witherspoon Book Club, the book has been lauded as an “absorbing, quietly revolutionary novel”, “deeply, intrinsically kind (and) a profoundly comforting place to dwell” (The Age) and “a captivating and slyly subversive fictional paean to the real women whose work on the Oxford English Dictionary went largely unheralded.” (New York Times).

Adelaide’s own Tilda Cobham-Hervey leads a star cast in this telling of the story of Esme, a girl born into a world of words in this epic tale of romance, family, history and the power of language.

Find tickets and more info here.

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