News and Features

Michael Cassel is a rising star in Australian show business. You won’t ever see him on stage...
Sydney Theatre Company 2018 Season
Sydney Theatre Company has unveiled its 2018 Season – Kip Williams’ first as...
Tony Sheldon Returns to Lead Priscilla Cast
Australian theatre royalty Tony Sheldon will be back on the bus, returning home...
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 EDITION OUT NOW!!!
In This Edition   A Starry Wizard of Oz Chatting with Anthony Warlow, Jemma Rix...

Latest Reviews

It’s often a little glib to say an Australian production is as good as the Broadway original...
Macho Dancer
The lights dimmed in the intimate space that is the Nexus Arts Theatre and we were...
Urban Kali
Over 27 years, Rakini Devi has developed four ‘theatre works’ to the Kali,...
Until the Lions
Having seen The Mahabharata many years ago set in a quarry in Adelaide I was keen to...

The Show Business Directory

Books Scripts Recordings »

Gravity - Debut Album by Jemma Rix
Dubbed the best female vocalist in Australia, musical...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Ghostly NIDA Costumes at Barracks
Strange things are happening at Hyde Park Barracks Museum...

Finding a Show »

New Releases: We Will Rock You and Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Community theatres in Australia and New Zealand will be the...

Other Goods and Services »

Students’ Throats Slashed
A report into how students at a New Zealand High School had...

Production Team and Crew »

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

Sound and Light »

Clear Systems: Theatre Tech Specialists
Clear Systems has been supplying sound, vision,...

Theatre Companies »

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

Training »

WAAPA Actor Kicks Goals
After graduating from WAAPA last year, Nelson Baker...

Venues »

Concept Plans for the Redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide Unveiled
The concept plans for the redeveloped of Her Majesty’...

Stage Briefs

Earlier this month, the Rob Guest Endowment held auditions in Melbourne and Sydney to search for this year’s winner of the Rob Guest Endowment Award. After careful consideration, the 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award...
Producers Howard Panter, John Frost and Torben Brookman today announced that Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show would return to Australia in a fresh new production next year, with Craig McLachlan again donning Frank N...
Independent musical theatre company Squabbalogic (The Drowsy Chaperone, Man of La Mancha, Carrie The Musical) will present a one-night only reading of a brand new Australian musical featuring a stellar cast of music theatre’s finest performers...

Community Theatre

If Elphaba and Galinda didn’t defy gravity at your local musical theatre company in 2016, they’re more than likely to land in your part of Oz in 2017, with Wicked set to be the most performed musical on the Community Theatre circuit....
Castle Hill Players presents Ladies in Lavender from Friday 22 September until Saturday 14 October, 2017.  A short story by William J Locke was transformed into an utterly charming film featuring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.  This...
After two years of bringing French language plays to the stage, Growl Theatre will be joining forces with Danteatro to perform a double bill of Italian language plays during October 2017. In an Australian first, works by world-renowned playwright...

Stage Heritage and History

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...
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....

Schools on Stage

By Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Cecil Andrews College. Directed by Celeste Underhill. Cecil Andrews Performing Arts Theatre. Sep 14-17, 2017 Cecil Andrews College presented Grease (the schools version) in their performing arts centre. The...
Now in its 34th year, the popular live-and-televised extravaganza that is Schools Spectacular will star over 5,700 students including a choir of 2,700 voices, 2,400 dancers; a 100-piece symphony orchestra; world-class stage band, 44 solo...
Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater. Book by Doug Wright. Mercedes College. Directed by Kathleen Cocks. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco WA. July 28-30, 2017 Mercedes College took their annual school production to the Regal...