News and Features

The 16th Annual Helpmann Awards are being presented at a ceremony tonight, Monday 25 July, at the...
Titus Andronicus - S.A. Premiere 400 Years In The Making
New Adelaide theatre company Red Phoenix Theatre has had highly unusual beginnings; the...
Queen Still Rocks You
Cast members of the new Australian production of We Will Rock You and writer /...
Musical Theatre Boosts Victorian Economy
A new report has found that Melbourne’s iconic East End theatres contributed over...

Latest Reviews

Laura comes by bus from Helsinki to spend Christmas with her long widowed Mummi (grandmother) in...
A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line is about the “C” word – commitment – and that...
God of Carnage
When one 10 year old boy hits another with a stick in a park in Paris, their parents...
Edges: A Song Cycle
Edges: A Song Cycle was the first chance for Brisbane audiences to hear the work of...

The Show Business Directory

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Dream Lover Cast Album Announced
The producers of Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical...

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Avoid Costume Wardrobe Horrors
Tracey Nuthall from Costumes Without Drama reports. The...

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School Musicals News
New from Hal Leonard. www.halleonard.com.au Chitty Chitty...

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Turandot’s Grandest Stage
It was the biggest show in Sydney since the Olympics. The...

Production Team and Crew »

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

Sound and Light »

Saturday Light Fever
Jason Bovaird from Moving Light Productions was asked to...

Theatre Companies »

Mustering Cattle To Treading The Boards
In sixty years the Ballina Players in northern New South...

Training »

Advanced Audition Technique for Musical Theatre Course
Are you serious about a career in musical theatre?...

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Heritage Award for Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
The Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch has been awarded a...

Stage Briefs

Queensland Theatre Company has announced that the musical Ladies in Black, nominated for Six Helpmann Awards will tour nationally in early 2017, taking in Sydney and Canberra with encore seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne.  From the adaptation...
After its debut season of Hot Shoe Shuffle (starring Daryl Somers), Keating and 13 in 2015, Sydney musical theatre company Birdie Productions returns with more big name stars and more young talent in Seussical! This bright and colourful musical will...
Winner of six TONY Awards including Best Original Score, The Light In The Piazza will receive a Melbourne season at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse for 2 weeks only from 28th October. Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster on Thursday 28th July....

Community Theatre

THE WA premiere of a musical following the lives of women in a British prison – and their relationships in a variety of traumatic circumstances – is Blak Yak Theatre’s July / August 2016 offering. Directed by Lorna Mackie at the...
THE most successful comedy farce of all time comes to Limelight Theatre in Perth during July and August 2016. Written by Ray Cooney and directed Susan Vincent, Run For Your Wife had a nine-year run in London’s West End after debuting in 1983....
Rockdale’s Guild Theatre stages The Underpants as its July / August 2016 production. The Underpants is an adaptation of the 1910 German farce Die Hose by Carl Sternheim. It was written as a send-up of bourgeois snobbery and...

Stage Heritage and History

In the late Nineteenth Century the Wild West proved a sensation for Australian and New Zealand theatre audiences. In those days respect for indigenous people and animal rights were not a consideration. Jenny Fewster from AusStage reports. On the 8th...
John Bell’s direction of Bell Shakespeare’s The Tempest in 2015 is a fitting farewell to just one part of his life, and the symbolism of a man who has created magic, abandoning his island for a new life in retirement is lost on no-one....
On a recent trip to Rome’s Colosseum, Michael Sutton discovered how this world famous icon functioned as a theatre, thanks to a team of German archaeologists. Underground halls were the wings where animals, scenery, performers and Gladiators...

Schools on Stage

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Additional lyrics by David Yazbek. Oakhill College, NSW. June 9 – 18, 2016 472 hours of rehearsal, 196 hours of set building, lighting and sound rigging, 326 wheels, 154 skates, 83...
Australia’s biggest schools comedy competition reached its climax on Sunday 19 June at the Enmore Theatre. After 6 weeks of heats and semi-finals involving 120 schools from all over Greater Sydney, the cream of the young comedy crop final had...
Sport For Jove Theatre Company’s first ever Shakespeare Carnival reached its conclusion with State Finals on Saturday 18 June at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. Students from twelve schools competed in the exciting climax to the four-month bard...