News and Features

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s resilience is tested when a tornado strands her far...
35th Annual Green Room Awards - Winners
Hosted by MCs Anni Davey and Maude Davey and featuring an array of performances from...
Lola Montez Returns in 60th Anniversary Production
Written in 1957, LOLA MONTEZ is the most commercially successful...
Ramin Karimloo To Tour
Ramin Karimloo, Broadway & West End music theatre star, will tour Australia for...

Latest Reviews

In the first few moments of West Australian Opera’s latest production, a collection of...
Mozart Requiem
The Australian Chamber Choir is one of the best small auditioned choirs in Melbourne, and...
Right Now
As this rather discombobulating play begins and you try to get a handle on it – or...
Madagascar
The Adelaide Youth Theatre is one of the best ‘youth theatres’ in Australia....

The Show Business Directory

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Witches CD
A new album, WITCHES brings together four of Australia...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Brian Thomson: A Master of Design
From the original production of The Rocky Horror Show,...

Finding a Show »

Music and New Musicals News
Music Theatre International New Releases Doctor Zhivago...

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Useful Apps For Theatre Groups
Daniel Pepperell from Music Theatre New Zealand has the...

Production Team and Crew »

Director’s Diary: The Who’s Tommy
Jessica Lovelace directed Tommy for the Blue Mountains...

Sound and Light »

Designing The Light in the Piazza
Tom Willis explains how he designed the lighting and set...

Theatre Companies »

Theatres In The Middle Of Nowhere
Thespians are flying the flag in the most remote parts of...

Training »

From Russia With Love
Oleg Glushkov brings the world of Chekhov to NIDA NIDA is...

Venues »

Australia’s Best Suburban Theatre
It’s on the same stretch of water as the Sydney Opera...

Stage Briefs

Producer LPD in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced the Australian Premiere of the rockabilly musical Cry-Baby. Playing at Hayes Theatre Co from 20 July, Cry-Baby is based on the 1990 cult-classic John Waters...
Producers Luckiest Productions and One Eyed Man Productions have announced the cast for their production of Gypsy, which will run from 18 May 2018 at the Hayes Theatre Co. Previously announced cast members include three-time Sydney Theatre...
Broadway producers Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby announce that casting for the Australian production of the Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY, to open in Melbourne at the Comedy Theatre in July 2019, will begin this May in Melbourne and...

Community Theatre

Beware Earthlings! The cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors is heading to Rockdale Town Hall for 1 week only, landing in Sydney on Wednesday 30 May for only 6 performances. This gleefully gruesome musical combines the upbeat, doo wop...
The Anniversary, a black comedy where a mother binds her three sons to her with gifts, threats and ruthless exploitation of their weaknesses, is the April / May 2018 production at MARLOO Theatre (WA). Written by Bill MacIlwraith and directed by Rob...
The Hills Musical Company is a small Adelaide hills musical theatre company with a 45-year history that includes an impressive pedigree of awards. Its latest production, Side Show the Musical is based on a poignant true story. Lesley Reed reports....

Stage Heritage and History

Jenny Fewster from Ausstage reports. In late 19th century Australia, theatre fires had become so common that one of the most popular medicines of the time was advertised under the somewhat misleading headline, “A Theatre on Fire”....
Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) latest free exhibition Puppet People: A Snapshot of Australian Puppetry is on view in the Centre’s Tony Gould Gallery untilthe end of January 2018. Beth Keehn reports. Not long ago...
It was only fifty years ago that Police would raid theatres to arrest and charge actors with obscenity. Jenny Fewster, the Project Manager for AusStage, recounts a time when ending up in jail was a performance risk. Artist Michael Gordon Brown...

Schools on Stage

Stage Whispers is launching its 2018 School Performing Arts Resource Kit - SPARK - a free on-line magazine with a guide to putting on a show and attending school oriented productions.     Click here to read the 90 page magazine ...
New Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan (+lyrics). Iona Presentation College. Directed by Joshua Brant. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco, WA. Mar 23-25, 2018 Ten years ago Iona Presentation College presented the WA...
By Queen and Ben Elton. The Kings School and Tara Anglican School for Girls. Directed by Michael Terzo. March 2018 This production had a level of technical resources which mainstage theatre companies would struggle to match. As you can see from this...